Emily Lau, MD, is a member of the class of 2021 in the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Lau shares what drew her to Mass General, the culture of the program and her experience as a trainee during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Corrigan Minehan Heart Center
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
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Coronary Bypass surgery can be performed in one of two ways: utilizing cardiopulmonary bypass (“on pump”) or with the heart beating (“off pump” or “beating heart” surgery). Given the extensive experience of our staff members in both approaches, rather than committing to one approach or the other, our surgeons taylor each patient’s operation based on the patient’s needs, risk factors and anatomy/disease.
Our surgeons are also leaders in the utilization of multiple arterial grafts, including bilateral internal mammary (thoracic) artery utilization (commonly referred to as BIMA or BITA), which has been shown to confer a survival advantage in a certain subset of patients when compared to single left internal mammary (thoracic) artery procedures (“LIMA” or “LITA”). Our division’s yearly experience with arterial rather than venous conduit use has resulted in more than triple the rate of arterial graft utilization when compared to the national average figures.
We also specialize in coronary artery endarterectomy, a complicated procedure which enables us to offer surgery to many patients who may have been deemed inoperable at other institutions. We have thus remained a regional and national tertiary referral center for coronary artery bypass surgery, with patients travelling from out of state for a second opinion or for operative treatment.
Our outcomes in coronary bypass surgery have earned us for several years in a row a 3 out of 3 star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, a distinction earned by less than 10% of centers nationally.
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What to expect before, during and after your surgery at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center.
- Press Release
- Aug | 25 | 2020
Massachusetts General Hospital first in New England to perform new procedures for tricuspid valve disease
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is announcing two first-of-their-kind procedures in New England today, to treat one of the most common forms of heart valve disease.
- Press Release
- Aug | 19 | 2020
Clinical and sociodemographic features of early COVID-19 patients in Massachusetts: MGH study suggests vulnerable populations are hardest hit
Data from the first COVID-19 patients treated at three large Massachusetts hospitals reveal important trends, including disproportionate representation of vulnerable populations, high rates of disease-related complications, and the need for post-discharge, post-acute care and monitoring.
- Jun | 23 | 2020
As the initial surge of the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, Massachusetts General Hospital leaders are discussing the transition to strategies for recovery and wellness.
- Press Release
- Jun | 2 | 2020
A team led by investigators at Mass General and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard recently found that applying “polygenic risk scores” can identify at-risk patients who are not presently identified through standard clinical evaluations.
- Patient Education
- May | 27 | 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mass General Corrigan Minehan Heart Center is providing general and surgical care for our patients. We have taken unprecedented steps to ensure all office visits, procedures and surgeries are welcoming and safe. We have also expanded our virtual visit offerings.