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SURGEON'S STORY is your passport into OR-1, the cardiac surgical suite at Children's Medical Center in Dallas. You'll be there as Dr. Kristine Guleserian, noted pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, fixes the tiny hearts of the tiniest children. Follow the young boy who gets a new heart and then, three weeks later, joins Dr. Guleserian on the mound at Fenway Park to throw outSURGEON'S STORY is your passport into OR-1, the cardiac surgical suite at Children's Medical Center in Dallas. You'll be there as Dr. Kristine Guleserian, noted pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, fixes the tiny hearts of the tiniest children. Follow the young boy who gets a new heart and then, three weeks later, joins Dr. Guleserian on the mound at Fenway Park to throw out the first pitch at a World Series game. Discover the years of training Dr. G went through to become the highly respected surgeon she is today. See how her warmth, humor, intelligence and dedication provide a shining example of what is good about the American health care system. To get a closer look than this, you'd have to scrub in....

Title : Surgeon's Story: Inside Or-1 with One of America's Top Pediatric Heart Surgeons
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Surgeon's Story: Inside Or-1 with One of America's Top Pediatric Heart Surgeons Reviews

  • N.N. Light
    2018-10-14 21:40

    In today’s world of medicine, there are some doctors so gifted, so talented, saving the lives of people comes second-nature. Dr. G is such a person and this is her story. Told from the point of view of journalist Mark Oristano as he shadows Dr. Kristine Guleserian, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, Surgeon’s Story is a gut-wrenching, emotional and in-depth look at an average day in Dr. G’s OR. From the x-ray room to meeting the parents of one of her infant patients, Oristano reveals it all. The reader gets to secretly scrub in and peek inside the mind of a brilliant surgeon.I loved this memoir and seeing Dr. G in action. It reads quickly and you get a real feel for what an average day in the OR is like. But more than that, you meet her support staff as well as the parents whose child’s life is in Dr. G’s hands. Oristano details without gory details life each procedure, spotlighting Dr. G’s brilliance. There are even a few funny moments that made me chuckle. What’s front and center, though, is the inspiring woman who is Dr. G. She’s proof-positive that women can change the world.If you’re a fan of medical television dramas or looking for an emotional memoir, pick up Surgeon’s Story today. Peek inside an OR and witness medical miracles happening every single day. A must read!Favorite Character/Quote: “We eat stress like M&M’s in here.”My Rating: 5 starsThis review first appeared:

  • LAWonder10
    2018-10-09 21:31

    Surgeon's Story is a very informative Human Interest account of not only a remarkable Surgeon but of the endurance, faith, perseverance, and stamina of those awaiting heart transplants, the large percentage of individuals needing them and of family members and physicians involved. I, personally, have a close friend whose first newborn son had to endure heart surgery at 2 weeks old! That was stressful enough. Many not only endure heart surgeries multiple times but must also depend on obtaining a new heart from  donor to continue to survive. I can only begin to imagine the cost to these families, not only financially, but emotionally.This is a very inspiring tale of a dedicated Surgeon, who has sacrificed her own personal life for the sake of serving others, and a few accounts of the recipients.It is very well written and totally interesting.This earns a solid Four Stars rating.This book was gifted to me with no suggestion of posting a positive review. This is my honest review.

  • Susan Bissell
    2018-09-20 01:44

    This is an incredible story of the gifted Dr. G a Peds Cardiothoracic surgeon. I wish all doctor had her compassion when they are treating patients and dealing what the family members are going through as they watch their baby, child, or teenager being wheeled off to surgery where you are left wondering if you will ever see them again alive! Dr. G makes sure she gets to know everyone in the family, and she wants to connect with them on a personal level, she just cares, she doesn't restrain herself from dealing with the emotions the family is going through with a sick and dying child. (I know, because I have been there with a young child with a serious health problem, some surgeons can be so cold they barely can relate to you because they are so egotistical about themselves to even show they even care when they are treating your child. I got so tired of hearing, "He has a bad bedside manner but is a great surgeon." Does that allow them to treat our children with such indifference?) Dr. G gives each of her patients her compassion and her best as she operates to save their life, and she ever seems to give up, she will do everything in her power to save her patient. I like that she even gets know the people who are in the O.R. with to say Hello to everyone she knows in the hospital. I just don't know how she does it with all the long hours she keeps, when does this woman rest? I am exhausted just reading how long one day in her life is, up at 4 am and going to the O.R to operate for 18 hours, seeing patients, going on rounds, answering emails in the evening, etc.! I thank God every day for gifted surgeons like Dr. G that come into our lives and save us or our loved ones.

  • Janet
    2018-10-09 23:42

    The story of pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Kristine Guleserian, her life and her career fixing the tiny hearts of tiny kids. The book follows "Dr. G" from Harvard, to Children's Medical Center in Dallas, to the pitcher's mound at Fenway Park for a World Series game with one of her patients.I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.From the publisher --- Kristine Guleserian, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, is scrubbed in.Dr. G, as she's known, is one of only nine women in the U.S. sub-specialty board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgeons to do what she's about to do -- take a scalpel sharper than a dozen razors, cut through eleven-month old Claudia's skin, saw open her breastbone and spread her ribcage apart in order to repair congenital defects threatening a malformed heart the size of a walnut.It's just after 9:00 AM. Claudia will be in the OR until 2:00 PM, along with a team of talented surgeons, nurses, techs, anesthesiologists, perfusionists and others.Dr. G is in charge.What will she find when she opens the chest?How will this tiny little child hold up in surgery?I LOVE Grey’s Anatomy (the TV show, not the book) and automatically thought of the character Dr. Arizona Robbins and her mantra “tiny humans with frightened parents”! Dr. G is frightening at times with her dedication, ferocity and skills – she gets the job done and this book is a testament to her skills and dedication. Dr. G is shown as compassionate and skilled and comes off very well as some surgeons have a God complex. I am not sure about the whole surgery in heels thing --- one would think that with the booties they usually wear that it would get slippery!

  • Stacie
    2018-09-21 18:46

    I love medical memoirs and this focus on a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon was completely fascinating. The amount of education and training needed, the fact that she is a petite woman with attitude and heart, and the intricacy of her operations likened to sewing a piece of olive onto a macaroni noodle are all amazing to me. The best part is you can enter to win a $25 gift card to Amazon and purchase your own copy if you win!Mark Oristano is a well-known sports journalist and decides to follow Dr. Kristine Guleserian, a noted pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon who works on tiny hearts of some of the youngest children as well as some of the most damaged and weakest hearts in children. Through her voice, as well as his, we are introduced to the years of grueling training that medical students go through to the day she decides to become a surgeon to the many lives she has saved during her years at Children's Medical Center in Dallas.One of her patients, Rylynn, is featured throughout the story. Rylynn's case begins as an infant, born with a heart abnormality. As a toddler, she becomes Dr. Guleserian's patient and eventually needs a heart transplant. The story of resilience of this sweet girl and all that she endured to be a healthy child is quite amazing. She is a true fighter and reading about the multiple surgeries and near death experiences her and her parents endured brought me to tears.At just 140 pages, this book is a quick look at the life and career of a compassionate doctor who truly loves being a surgeon. It isn't bogged down in medical jargon, but instead offers the human side of doctors, patients looking for another chance at life, and parents praying to see their children be active and grow into adults. A really fascinating book!

  • Sharon
    2018-09-29 00:44

    I was given the opportunity via NetGalley to read an electronic copy of Surgeon's Story: Inside OR-1 with One of America's Top Pediatric Heart Surgeons. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.Dr. Kristine Guleserian is one of only nine women in the United States who is board certified in the specialty of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Author Mark Oristano, a journalist who spent nearly seven years shadowing the doctor, tells the story of a surgeon who works tirelessly to save the lives of children.With an overwhelming number of four and five star reviews, I was eagerly anticipating a riveting and well written book. According to his bio, author Mark Oristano is a 35 year veteran journalist. However, I found his writing style to be choppy, with awkward phrasing and poor sentence structure throughout. Surgeon's Story should have been compelling, but really never hits its stride. In an attempt to use a timeline to structure the book, the author pulls the focus from one case to another, detracting from the story as a whole. Dr. Kristine Guleserian is an amazing doctor, a strong and determined woman, and a devoted member of her family and her medical community, but Surgeon's Story does not communicate her strengths all that well. The amount of time that the author spent compiling information for this book is not reflected in the overall quality of the writing. For these reasons, I would be hesitate to recommend Surgeon's Story to other readers.

  • Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading
    2018-09-19 01:24

    You can find all of my reviews on my blog That's What She's Reading.I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.I have always been fascinated by medical memoirs and was really excited to read this book about a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon. This is an insightful and fascinating look into the world of medicine that really makes you feel that you are scrubbed in right along with Dr. G. The book reads quickly even with all the detailed scientific information, but is never weighed down by medical jargon. And while I'm not personally bothered by gory medical details, for those that are, you won't find that in this book. The spotlight is more on all of the amazing work that Dr. G is providing to the country's tiniest patients. Not only do you receive insight into Dr. G's average day, but you get to see what the children and their parents are experiencing as well. I really enjoyed reading about Dr. G's decision to become a doctor as well as her experiences in medical school and the training she received to become a surgeon. Even as someone who stands at the top of her field, she remains humble and strives to keep learning new lifesaving techniques. She is truly an inspiration to not only those in the medical field, but for women in general as a example of an accomplished woman succeeding in a predominantly male-dominated career. This is a very compelling read full of human interest that will keep you riveted until the very end.

  • Ellesse
    2018-10-02 01:24

    The concept of the book was intriguing at the beginning, it seemed to be a medical book but from a different point of view than a doctor, but it’s not it’s pages of quotes from Dr G with some of what Mark did but mostly he was trying to explain things, some of it did start to feel a little repetitive. Dr G is a remarkable woman, there is no doubt about that. She is a heart surgeon on children and tiny babies, we read some of her career and focus on a number of main cases throughout the book. We read about different cases with different issues from babies diagnosed with issues before she was born to a toddler then to a teenager who made a remarkable recovery. While the diagram at the beginning certainly did help, the language used was very medical. Most of it passed over my head so I didn’t enjoy it as much as something in the field may. If you wanted to go into this area of surgery I think it would be interesting but unless you are medically minded I’d try something different.I’ve given the book 3 5/10 for a few reasons, the language was a little difficult and I would have preferred it in Dr G’s voice but it was still an interesting readThanks to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for this, an honest review

  • Cheryl
    2018-10-05 18:31

    Every nurse, doctor, administrative assistant, scrub tech, courier, and everyone else both behind the scenes and everyone else that works at a hospital, really deserves a shout out of thanks. If you asked Dr. Guleserian, she would acknowledge that she could not be the best without her team. Although, Dr. Guleserian may be small in height but she can still command a room. Mr. Oristano explains how Dr. Guleserian did not want to write a book about herself and how he would do it in the first person with quotes from the doctor. Actually, I enjoyed the book this was. It was great to really get the full experience of someone looking in from the outside. Therefore, every time that Mr. Oristano saw or felt something, I felt and the same things. Each of the stories that were featured about some of Dr. Guleserian's young patients was inspiring. I like that Dr. Guleserian said that she kept learning. Even at the top, she still was researching to see what new techniques were out there and not just in the US. This book moved me in a good way.

  • Sherrie Pilkington
    2018-10-02 23:43

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway***OK, so it's well written. Mr. Oristano uses a great style that mixed the science w/ the human element that was really refreshing to read. And Dr. G (who he shadowed to write the book) sounds amazing. She does important, interesting work and getting a peak into that life was interesting. I'll never be a surgeon (I like my 9-5, thank you), but I have a deep appreciation for those who can do that...especially as I learn more about it. That just wasn't that engaging of a book. I think it would have been better served by being a bit longer (it's 140 pages) and delving into more of the medicine, the case studies, AND Dr. G's experiences being a woman in such a man's world. It was so short on these things, especially the last one, that it came across as a little too cheerleader-y.

  • Alicia
    2018-10-05 23:28

    I won this book through goodreads. I really enjoyed it. It takes you into a few cases of Dr. Guleserian "Dr. G" and what it's like to be a pediatric cardiac surgeon. I don't know how she does what she does but thank God for people like her that do. I work in the medical field as well but I have a very hard time working with children and the amount of life/death that she deals with on a daily basis would be hard to cope with especially those patients being all children. The book does give more back story on her and her education than I really cared to read about. The book summary made it seem like it was all about what she does and her cases. That is the only reason it got 4 instead of 5 stars. It was a great book and thank you Goodreads for letting me read it!

  • Erik Sapp
    2018-10-02 22:53

    This book is actually a 3.5 star, but I felt it is too good to rate it at 3. This book is very technical. There is a drawing of the human heart near the beginning of the book, and I would recommend keeping that location handy. (I didn't, which was a mistake.) The book is full of detailed descriptions of the surgeries conducted, and being able to visualize what she is doing would likely go a long way to making this book easier to understand. The book is very well written. I like the way Mr. Oristano switches between telling the story in his words and the words of Dr. Guleserian. It made it very easy to follow and understand. The kids and their families who are profiled come across as real people (which, of course, they are). I really felt for the parents. And the story of the 13-year old boy had me in tears.

  • Kerry Henderson
    2018-10-11 02:34

    Dr G is a paediatric heart surgeon and this is her story and a couple of her cases told by Mark Oristano. I love true life stories and this was a fascinating read. It is her heavy on technical details but much of it is explained so didn't make it too hard to follow. The stories told of real cases are incredible and this book shows the true depth she went to saving their lives. It's powerful and moving. Many of the success stories involved a tragedy for someone else and that was sensitively covered in the book. It's an incredible insight into the world and I loved learning about all the stages in s transplant.

  • Anne
    2018-10-03 22:52

    This is a fascinating story of an amazing woman. Not only has she succeeded in becoming an MD, she has gone on to become a pediatric cardio vascular surgeon. The stories of her interactions with patients and their families is so poignant. Some of these babies are so premature that their heart is the size of a walnut. So many times, she was able to perform surgery and save lives. I particularly enjoyed the drawings which made so much of what she does clearer. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in medicine, feminism or just want a good read. I could not put it down, i was so engaged by his and her story.

  • Doranne Long
    2018-09-30 23:46

    Mark Oristano does an outstanding job capturing the working life of Dr. Kristine Gulersian, one of America's top pediatric heart surgeons. He provides intimate details of performing heart surgery, including transplants, on some of the tiniest patients, with specific medical, yet understandable, terms. This book is a helpful guide for all of us, including the need to be an advocate for those in need of the health care system. Mark writes well, with a sense of humor; and, if you are a Red Sox fan, you will love this book even more!!

  • Aileen Lord
    2018-10-12 02:34

    I received this book as a giveaway and thank you. It is the inspiring story of one woman's education and dedication as she becomes one of America's for most pediatric cardiothoraxic surgeons. It tells of some of her "special" young patients and their families. I was amazed at the amount of coordination and work involved in a heart transplant from both the donor and recipient ends. An thoroughly fascinating read

  • Peggy
    2018-09-30 21:51

    An amazing read! Found myself saying "wow" over and over knowing the behind the scenes of this dr's daily life. Impressed with how well written this book is. Being a nurse it was easy for me to understand the medical "lingo". But it still amazed me as I have never found myself in the pediatric field. That's one side of nursing that pulls more at the heart and hard to contain emotions when a child is sick or hurting.

  • Cassandra
    2018-09-26 22:34

    I recevied a complimentary copy.It takes a special person with a huge heart to want to help and pursue a career in this field especially working on children. While I am sure it pays well, it would seem this doctor is genuinely doing her job for the patients and not the pay, what I mean is that there is more heart then what is being worked on in this book. It is written well, but I feel like it could be more impactful if the doctor wrote it herself instead of a journalist.

  • Tammy
    2018-10-05 18:50

    I received this book for an honest review. If you enjoy the medical field, you will enjoy this book. I am a nurse of over two decades and found this very interesting. I became attached to the patients as their surgeries were explored. The added bonus of patients' pictures really pulls you in and grabs your heart. This book explains about Dr G. from medical school to the OR. Enjoy!

  • Vnunez-Ms_luv2read
    2018-10-09 21:27

    Wonderful story about a wonderful woman/surgeon. Well written and holds your interest. I laughed, cried and was amazed. Blessings to Dr. G. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for this wonderfully written book.

  • Libby
    2018-10-10 22:42

    Love Dr G! She is truly amazing and has a special gift.

  • Linda Klager
    2018-09-28 21:32

    Excellent book about a remarkable woman.

  • Shelli
    2018-10-19 21:47

    According to author Mark Oristano, when he approached noted pediatric cardiac surgeon Kristine Guleserian., M.D. (a.k.a, "Dr. G") about authoring her own biography, she balked at the suggestion it be written from her first-person point of view – too egotistical, she said; it would draw attention away from what she considered the more important stories: her patients, and the medicine and science that make her work possible. So Oristano devised an unusual approach that works very well here – he wrote in the first person from his own point of view, sharing both the facts as well as his reactions to his experiences shadowing Dr. G during his research for this book. But he gave her more than just quotational insertions here and there – instead, large swaths of text are in Dr. G's voice, set apart with italics. The benefit to this format is that Dr. G can just talk conversationally, including all the jargon of her profession, and Oristano can interject parenthetically to explain medical terms and concepts as well as provide context where needed. Due to the fact that he also got to know her well, Oristano is also able provide observations on her personality, sense of humor, etc. – glimpses of her humanity and compassion that might not otherwise be conveyed well through long verbatim quotes. Dr. G has had a long and storied career, so Oristano wisely narrowed down the case studies to just two primary ones (one 13-year-old heart transplant recipient, and one toddler with a congenital heart defect most certainly fatal if left untreated), but still provided an overview of the varied experiences of her educational and professional endeavors. This is a short book, so trying to tell the tales of too many patients would have made it way too detail-laden and cramped. But Surgeon's Story is, at its heart, the biography of a single person in a rarefied field, and so Oristano also makes room for us to get to know his subject on a personal level, and, as he was writing as a participant-observer, himself as well. Dr. Guleserian is a worthy biographical subject, and embodies all the traits you'd hope for and expect in a surgeon at the top of her game: dedicated, brilliant, curious, resourceful, passionate, boundlessly energetic, and just a little bit cocky! – but also the kind of healer and person you'd feel safe entrusting with your children's health: kind, communicative, able to relate to kids readily – all with humor and profound compassion.My primary complaint with the book was the really bad image reproduction; the photos and even the anatomical line drawings looked as if they were fourth generation photocopies! (And it's too bad, because they definitely added to the book.) A very thin tome at 140 pp, I really think it could have been longer; there were several different areas that Oristano could have gone into deeper or expanded into, such as (in no particular order):• Dr. G's medical school training (and I'm not just saying that because she went to Boston University, my alma mater!) and the general educational and vocational training of doctors, surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons, and/or pediatric surgeons;• the personal, emotional toll of working with babies and children and their desperate, terrified parents, especially in the face of the inevitable failures and deaths (as the book stands, it is very hopeful and upbeat, glossing over tragic results and thus making this a "safe" read for parents of pediatric cardiac surgery candidates);• the outcomes and later lives of Dr. G's patients;• the US transplant waiting list system;• etc.But overall, Surgeon's Tale is a fascinating look into the seemingly magical world of technologically cutting-edge heart surgery on impossibly small patients, through the mind – and "heart", if you will – of one of its star practitioners. It serves a broad audience, from those who are in or aspire to medical careers, to parents who have children in need of their services, but will also be fascinating to general readers as well. 3.75 stars.I received an autographed, completed copy of this book via Goodreads Giveaways, courtesy of the authors. My opinions are my own.

  • John J.
    2018-10-04 23:35

    Mark Oristano's fantastic journey into the science of the human heart and one heroic doctor who repairs and replaces them, "Surgeons Story," is an emotionally moving and awe-inspiring look into the daily magic and miracles performed in the Pediatric Heart Intensive Care Unit at Children's Medical Center in Dallas. It's also a partial biography of the book's heroine, Dr. Kristina Guleserion (or Dr. G. For short). The author, a former football play-by-play announcer, leaves the gridiron to capture quite magnificently the feel and flow of the microscopic, lifesaving surgeries that Dr. G. performs with such passion and mastery. Using everyday language, Oristano gives us a primer on heart surgery while also charting the career of one of the few female pediatric heart surgeons in America. The result of this in-depth look at life in the operating rooms of Children's Medical is a stunning and immensely dedicated group of professionals who save lives like some mechanics change oil and a portrait of a passionate and truly human heart surgeon who may not make headlines, but does God's work under a very bright light.Oristano, himself fascinated with the workings of the most incredible machine, the human body, says he "shadowed Dr. G for seven years" in order to write this book. What he discovered in his travels make up the truly jaw-dropping stories contained in "Surgeons Story." Each chapter contains a new case study as we learn about the intricate, state-of-the-art medical equipment and procedures that are now routinely done in saving lives. From the very first story which details the delicate handiwork done under the microscope to "correct a life-threatening cardiac abnormality on the surface of the heart of an 11 month old infant named Claudia, the author is at ease with his naturally well-tuned cadence and delivery. Oristano is familiar enough medically to explain even the most detailed surgeries as he wheels us along with Dr. G.'S medical cart inside The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit with its multimillion dollar equipment all working in perfect synchronicity. You can almost hear the roar of the football crowd as Oristano describes "one patient (who) has ten IV drips, each one delivering a different life supporting medication - sedation, painkillers, antibiotics, anti-coagulants" hike, hike, hike. We also get to go deep into the family waiting rooms, as the author describes Dr. G's reassuring manner and then the long, painful delays with occasional interruptions to inform of progress during these surgeries.In a way, this book is a thriller with the drama of the operating rooms, and a biography as Oristano details Dr. G's long and difficult ascent to her current job title in a historically male-dominated profession. Oristano shows what lengths the good doctor had to go to to break the glass ceiling; a litany of degrees and internships that is bound to serve as inspiration to any young female medical minds who read "Surgeons Story."The author builds his stories to the book's inevitable climax, one that made this reviewer hungry for even more suspense and heroics. This is the kind of book in which you find yourself cheering for the doctors and worrying along with a constantly changing group of relatives and loves ones waiting to hear good news. In this book, Oristano shows that miracles are made material ever single day in this and other hospitals around the world. "Surgeons Story" teaches us about the miracles of our own bodies, the inner workings we take for granted and the passionate fight each day to fix the hearts of our most innocent infants. This is an uplifting book with its own heart of solid gold.