LINKED IN | December 3rd is a historic day in modern medical history – this year marked the 50th anniversary of the world’s first heart transplant. Once considered the stuff of science fiction, this miraculous procedure now saves thousands of lives each year, with 3,191 heart transplants performed in the United States in 2016 alone. The medical miracle of heart transplantation has affected the world for so much the better. More personally, it has dramatically influenced my own journey as a clinician, medical scientist, and U.S. Senator with life lessons, and helped shape current and future holistic models of the continuum of patient care delivery.
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