Dr. Kenton Zehr

Hello, I’m Kenton Zehr, I’m an
Associate Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital
Medical Institutions. My division is the division
of cardiac surgery. It’s interesting, I chose this
specialty because I think you do what your mentors do. I went to
Penn State Medical School, and the Chief of Cardiac Surgery
there was John Rodenhausen. He was a short man, but
we would walk tall, and he took me under his wing, and
I became very interested in cardiothoracic surgery
at that time. I ended up training at
John Hopkins Hospital for a nine-year period, and I think
I developed most of my specialty interest during that time. I love cardiac surgery,
in large part, maybe it’s because it’s almost
exactly the same age as I am. It’s about 50 years-old, and it’s rare that you can work in
a specialty where it started almost on the day that
you were born, and there’s been dramatic changes
in the field over the years. I think when you train
in major institutions, like Johns Hopkins, you develop
a philosophy of patient care, which basically is that 100-year philosophy that the needs of
the patients come first, and we are in a major
research institution. We’ve done a lot of clinical
advances here at Hopkins, but at the end of the day, the most
important points are that the quality of the care that
we’re offering the patient, that we give them better
quality of life and longevity of life,
are the most important points. Over the last several decades, cardiovascular disease has
been the number one cause of mortality of patients in
adulthood in the United States, and heart failure is
a significant epidemic. While I wouldn’t wish
this on anybody, we relish our role of being able
to take care of these patients in our practice, and I would
be thrilled if you consider coming to Johns Hopkins Hospital
in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery for
your care. [MUSIC]