David Martin, M.D.

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November 14th, 2011

At AHA, the Title Says It All

. . . or almost. Here are some abstract and session titles that have caught my eye so far: Nightmares in the Cath Lab. A session where fellows presented cases gone wrong. I missed this one and sorry I did. Wonder if TCT had anything similar. My Most Challenging Cases: Shock and Awe in the Interventional Suite. […]


November 13th, 2011

Not Just Pomp and Circumstance

The AHA Opening Session is something I usually avoid, maybe because I feel a bit uncomfortable in large, dark rooms with flashing lights and very loud music (a setup that seems to favor the visually gifted but audiologically impaired). Admittedly, when the recipients of the Distinguished Scientist awards were paraded across the stage to a […]


November 13th, 2011

AHA’s Best-Kept Secrets

Late breakers and plenaries aside, a few perennial AHA conference sessions are, I think, often overlooked: Early Career Sessions. Not just for early career folk, these sessions allow any attendee to hear scientific luminaries talk about why and how they do what they do. Where else might you catch Joe Loscalzo describing how the early research […]


September 19th, 2011

“Doc, I Got My Whole Genome Scanned – Now What?”

What do you do if your patient shows you a commercially produced report of a personal whole genome scan?


April 27th, 2011

Scrubs and Sandwiches- A Deadly Combination?

I was enjoying lunch at a popular midtown Sacramento restaurant recently, when two patrons walked in wearing green scrubs.  Both were wearing official badges from a large, local hospital, revealing one to be a physician, the other a registered nurse.  Concerned that these scrubs may have been exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, I politely asked that […]