Michael S. Firstenberg

The Medical Center of Aurora

Michael S Firstenberg, MD, FACC, FAIM, is a board-certified thoracic surgeon practicing adult cardiac surgery at The Medical Center of Aurora, Colorado, where he serves as Chief of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery.  He currently holds adjunct appointments in the Colleges of Medicine and Graduate Studies at Northeast Ohio Medical University and serves on the teaching faculty at Rocky Vista University, Colorado.  He attended Case Western Reserve University Medical School, received his general surgery training at university hospitals in Cleveland, and completed a fellowship in thoracic surgery at Ohio State University.  He also obtained advanced training in heart failure surgical therapies at the Cleveland Clinic.  He is an active member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), American Association of Thoracic Surgeons (AATS), American College of Cardiology (ACC), and American College of Academic International Medicine (ACAIM), the latter for which he is a founding fellow and current president-elect.  He currently serves as chairman of the American College of Cardiology Credentialing and Member Services Committee as well as an active member on several other national society committees.  He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters.  He has edited several textbooks on subjects such as medical leadership, patient safety, endocarditis, and extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation, all of which include topics that he has lectured on worldwide.

9books edited

20chapters authored

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The field of cardiothoracic surgery continues to evolve at a rapidly expanding rate. New technologies are under constant development and as patients present with more advanced pathophysiology and complex comorbidities, management becomes more dependent on multi-disciplinary Teams. While there are a variety of innovative and high-profile topics that dominate the literature and the interests of clinicians, sometimes is it the basics both in terms of acute and sometimes unusual problems that often challenge cardiothoracic surgeons on a day to day basis. The goal of Principles and Practice of Cardiothoracic Surgery is to hopefully highlight the current state of the art management of these problems.

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