Steve Winowich is the Director of Clinical Bioengineering with the Artificial Heart Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and he is also the Chief Operating Officer of Vital Engineering, Inc.

Mr. Winowich describes a unique partnership between the clinical staff and a team of bioengineers and nurses who are a key component of a very successful program that provides mechanical circulatory support to patients that are waiting for a heart transplant.  Supplemental circulatory support has been traditionally used as a bridge to a transplant, but there are also cases where the circulatory support has also been used as a bridge to recovery.

The discussion includes a synopsis of the current state-of-the-art and a review of how artificial heart technology has improved over the years.  The program at UPMC has matured and through Vital Engineering, Inc. bioengineering support for mechanical circulatory support is now provided around the world.

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Host John Murphy.

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