Dr. Steven Gottesfeld: May 10, 2016

“Harvesting Heroes”: New Campaign Recognizes Healthcare Professionals While Raising Money for the American Heart Association (AHA)

Medical Technology Company to Make a Donation for Every Nomination

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Steven M. Gottesfeld, PA-C, Cardiac Surgical Physician Assistant, APACVS Vice President and Board Member

Ed Cueto, RN, BSN, CNOR, RNFA, Senior Cardiac Surgical Assistant with MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

To learn more, visit EVHheroes.com

Getinge Group in collaboration with The Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery (APACVS) is recognizing the people who perform Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting, or EVH. EVH is a crucial step for patients undergoing heart bypass surgery and is done by taking a healthy blood vessel from the leg or forearm of a patient and using it to bypass a blockage in the heart. The minimally invasive technique was pioneered 20 years ago and is performed by a harvester, who is typically a physician assistant, nurse practitioner or a surgical or medical assistant.

A new campaign called “Harvesting Heroes” is launching and your listeners can help make a difference while recognizing healthcare professionals across the country.

Just in time for the 20-year anniversary of EVH, Getinge Group, in collaboration with APACVS, is asking for healthcare professionals across the country to nominate one of their peers who have made a difference both in and out of the operating room. For each nomination, Getinge Group will donate $20 to the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. AHA focuses on improving the lives of all Americans, by providing health education in variety of ways.

Steven M. Gottesfeld, PA-C, Cardiac Surgical Physician Assistant, APACVS Vice President and Board Member, practices Cardiac, Vascular, and Thoracic Surgery with the Sharp Rees Stealy Medical Group, Division of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, CA. Gottesfeld completed his medical and surgical training at Touro College School of Health Sciences, New York City, NY, and his Cardiac Surgical training at Winthrop University Hospital in Minneola, NY. Gottesfeld has intimate knowledge of the superficial veins of the lower extremity, having harvested over 2,000 veins for use as coronary bypass grafts, and has been a leader in the use of minimally invasive techniques to harvest greater and lesser saphenous veins.

Ed Cueto, RN, BSN, CNOR, RNFA, Senior Cardiac Surgical Assistant with MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, cares for cardiac patients and assists in coronary artery bypass grafting. Cueto received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marymount University, Arlington, VA. Cueto has 15 years of experience in caring for cardiac surgical patients. Prior to joining MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Cueto was in practice with Union Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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