University of Texas McGovern Medical School, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery professor, Dr. Tom Nguyen has received another accolade to add to his collection – Dr. Nguyen and his two co-editors have been awarded first place for their work on the Transcatheter Heart Valve Handbook for the American College of Cardiology Section Awards.  The award was presented at the ACC’s 67th Annual Scientific Session & Expo, which was held in Orlando, Florida from March 10th – 12th.

The handbook was created in collaboration between Dr. Nguyen, Alexander Iribarne, MD, MS, FACC of the Section of Cardiac Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Ada C. Stefanescu Schmidt, MD, MSc of the Division of Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. The intent of the handbook is to provide an educational resource for medical residents and fellows training in cardiovascular medicine and cardiothoracic surgery.  “In developing this resource, our goal was to provide a single source of introductory information on aortic, mitral, and pulmonary transcatheter valve technology. As this field is evolving rapidly, standard textbooks do not provide the necessary content for trainees who wish to develop an understanding of this technology as they proceed through their rotations in structural heart disease,” as stated in the preface of the handbook.

“It’s a big accomplishment from the ACC and great recognition for both Memorial Hermann and UT since this resource will be widely used,” says Dr. Nguyen.  “This will be a living document and provides a step-by-step guide for the percutaneous treatment of structural heart disease.  What is particularly unique is that I (along with my 2 co-editors) received the award from a cardiology organization even though I’m a surgeon,” he says.  As technology and new advancements are made, this handbook will be updated accordingly in an ongoing effort between Dr. Nguyen and his team.

-Caliann Ferguson