Protecting Our Children On The Playing Field

Christopher Madias, MD

By Christopher Madias, MD

Warm weather is upon us … finally. With the arrival of long sun-filled days, my mind immediately turns to thoughts of summer – including ice cream cones, strolling on the beach and, of course, baseball.

There is little I find more relaxing in life than grilling burgers on our deck at home with the distant sounds of baseball being played on our television in the background. Better yet is having a hot dog and cold drink in hand while shooting the breeze through nine innings at a ballgame with my wife or a close friend. There is just something about baseball that makes it the ultimate warm-weather sport. Strolling through our neighborhood in the summer, there are constantly little league and softball games being played on the fields near our home, and I always find myself stopping to watch even a few pitches.

I am usually lulled into an immediate state of relaxation from the sights and sounds of a baseball game – the colorful uniforms, the crack of a bat hitting a ball, and the faint sound of the bell from the ice cream truck on the corner. However, because of my research background, my mind sometimes wanders, and it always strikes me to think that rarely, such an idyllic setting can suddenly turn to one of tragedy on a single pitch. Continue reading

High-Tech Heart Care, With a Personal Touch

Kousik Krishnan, MDBy Kousik Krishnan, MD

The practice of cardiac electrophysiology is far removed from the type of medicine my grandfather practiced in India. My interest in medicine, however, was not dominated by the wonders of medical technology, but the one-on-one patient contact that defined my grandfather’s practice.

Some of my earliest memories were visiting India and witnessing my grandfather see patients in his home and the trust that patients placed in him in their time of pain and suffering. It is that type of patient contact that I strive to provide my patients despite the high-technology nature of cardiology.

Despite my earliest thoughts that I wanted to be a physician, I also had a love for engineering and physics. This drove my decision to major in electrical and biomedical engineering. Even at this point I did not know how relevant my undergraduate major would be to my professional future. After a short time as an engineer for Frito Lay, I moved on to medical school.

It was only in my final year of medical school that I chose internal medicine as my specialty (I originally thought I would be a plastic surgeon!). I enjoyed the long-term patient contact that is common in internal medicine, but also felt that internal medicine’s subspecialties offered the opportunity to satisfy my need to work with my hands as well. Continue reading