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Terry Traver, former A-Fib patient

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Roy Salmon Patient, A-Fib Free; pacemakerclub.com, Sept. 2013

The inventor of the ‘Five Box Totally Thoracoscopic Maze Surgery’ for A-Fib, Dr. John H. Sirak, MD, is moving to Sentara Heart Hospital

Dr. John H. Sirak, MD, inventor of the ‘Five Box Totally Thoracoscopic Maze Surgery’ for A-Fib, is moving from the Ohio State University to Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk, VA starting in March, 2015. Here are his comments about his acceptance of this new position.

“I have decided to leave Ohio State primarily for lack of institutional support of the surgical atrial fibrillation program. The current evidence base is replete with voluminous documentation of the relatively poor efficacy of percutaneous (catheter) ablation in persistent AF. Despite many entreaties from myself to develop a coordinated AF center along evidence-based lines, nothing came to fruition.

Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk, on the other hand, comprises a group of very strong surgeons and the gamut of cardiac surgery, including heart transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and minimally invasive and percutaneous valves―thus offering all of the sophistication of a major university center. Importantly from my perspective, Sentara has a busier AF program, and as a charter member of NAIAC (National Association of Integrated Atrial Fibrillation Centers), is committed to the treatment of AF in accordance with the evidence base.  It has an established record of strong cooperation between the electrophysiologists and the surgeons. 

For me, it an excellent opportunity to advance the potential of the 5bTTM, but also to advance the overall medical science in collaborating with the EPs in various long-awaited studies (some of which are already being set up).  Nothing of the conduct of the 5bTTM or the follow-up protocol will change, so prospective patients may be assured of receiving the same excellent care.” 

Last updated: Saturday, December 13, 2014

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