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A Second Opinion with Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

Feb 14, 2022

Dr. Ashish Shah is the Alfred Blalock Endowed Director and Chair, Department of Cardiac Surgery, and director of Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support at Vanderbilt.  He is the driving force behind the nation's busiest heart transplant center.  Vanderbilt does more heart transplants than any hospital in the world.


February is American Heart Month, and in today’s conversation, Dr. Shah and I do a deep dive on heart health and the latest in transplantation – the miraculous, life-giving procedure that is rapidly evolving with today’s cutting-edge science.  We cover pig hearts, novel “heart in a box” technology, and medical progress that once sounded like science-fiction.


Additional Resources: Below are the videos cited in today’s show re: Vivien Thomas:




  • Vivien Thomas, “Partners of the Heart: Vivien Thomas and His Work with Alfred Blalock: An Autobiography,” 1998 -


  • Gwendolyn Hooks & Colin Bootman, “Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas,” Children’s book, 2016 -