An Asheville man’s path to a lung transplant at UNC

November 7, 2016

Bryan Parker after his lung transplant surgery. (Courtesy of WLOS-TV in Asheville) Dr. Jason Long talks about the transplant surgery. Nov. 7, 2016 In September, Bryan Parker received a life-saving double lung transplant at UNC Hospitals. Parker, 30, of Asheville, was born with cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease that affects the lungs and other organs … Continued

Heart valve via TAVR gives Fayetteville man a new life

September 2, 2016

Sept. 1, 2016 Last fall, Charles Records’ chest felt pinched when he tried to breathe. He couldn’t walk from room to room in his house without leaning on his wife to rest every few steps. His doctor in Fayetteville found that he had aortic valve stenosis, a life-threatening heart problem, and sent him to UNC … Continued

“I don’t want to forget what a gift it is to breathe …” – a lung transplant patient of Dr. Egan’s works to help others

August 19, 2016

Tiffany Christensen Thomas M. Egan, M.D. Patients and doctors work together to get the best results for recovery from illnesses. A story from UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Now” features interviews with UNC cardiothoracic surgon Thomas Egan and a former patient of his, two-time lung transplant recipient Tiffany Christensen, who now uses her experience as a patient … Continued

UNC’s TAVR program grows, with cooperation with cardiologists across state

July 21, 2016

UNC’s TAVR team (left to right): John Vavalle, M.D., M.H.S.; Thomas Caranasos, M.D.; Michael Yeung, M.D.; Cassie Ramm, M.S.N. Physicians performed UNC Hospitals’ first Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement procedure in November 2014. In 2016, the number of TAVR cases may be triple the number performed in 2015. Much of that increase can be attributed to … Continued

Research collaborative studies best treatment of congenital heart disease

July 21, 2016

  Jennifer Nelson, M.D. (middle), a congenital cardiac surgeon, and Jennifer Whitham, M.D., a UNC pediatric cardiologist, watch as a baby gets an echocardiogram from sonographer Jeff Jewell.   Jennifer S. Nelson, M.D., M.S., a pediatric heart surgeon at UNC, started a multidisciplinary research program at UNC that brings people from different specialties together to … Continued

Dr. Egan participates in national symposium on organ preservation

June 26, 2016

Thomas M. Egan, MD, MSc., was invited to participate in a symposium and roundtable discussion on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 29, 2016. The symposium, “Emerging Technologies in Organ Preservation,” followed the June 13 White House Organ Summit and was intended to shape national policy and priorities surrounding innovations that can help end the … Continued

Dr. Egan presents research at the Aspen Lung Conference

June 26, 2016

Thomas M. Egan, MD, MSc, made three presentations at the 59th Annual Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference in Aspen, CO, June 8-11, 2016. The Aspen conference is one of the most respected meetings for study of clinical problems affecting the lung. This year’s conference theme was Lung Transplantation: Opportunities for Repair and Regeneration. On … Continued