Healing Hearts

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dr. Kathy Magliato is one of the few female heart surgeons practicing in the world today, and she is also a member of an even more exclusive group-surgeons specially trained to perform heart transplants. In Healing Hearts: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon she describes working in an intense, male-dominated field and explains the day-to-day realities of her life, juggling family her demanding work.


Dr. Kathy Magliato

Comments [5]

sophie averill from new york city

It's really important that people understand how much gender prejudice exists so I applaud the doctor for speaking about these issues. However, I think it is unfortunate that she says that her having to work twice as hard as her male counterparts made her a better doctor. And that she witnessed other female doctors who 'got a chip on their shoulder' when they faced the same extreme prejudice as she did. "Chip on their shoulder"? Really? I think she is saying this because gender bias is still a topic that people don't want to hear about and one must talk about 'the positives' all the time if we even bring up the subject. Can you imagine an African American doctor saying the same thing about other African Americans? That they have a 'chip on their shoulder'? And if we took it a step farther for a moment and imagined that this was an African American male doctor ( instead of a white female doctor) having to work twice as hard as his white counterparts and facing racial prejudice from other doctors, nurses and patients, I think it would be clearer how savage and unjust this issue is.

Feb. 16 2010 02:33 PM

Oh yes I know nurses who go after doctors for sport

Feb. 16 2010 01:56 PM

my sister said she loved the craft of surgery but not the personality of the (mostly male) surgeons - they really did try to chase her out of the OR. But that was decades ago.

Feb. 16 2010 01:46 PM
a price for independence from ncy

i wish i had a mother so ambitious and such-a-go-getter. Mine was always around to fuss over homemade food and hand-stitched clothes. Would have been great to see my parents much much less especially as she's playing god instead of mother

Feb. 16 2010 01:42 PM
Lance from Miami

Dr. Magliato was writing as late as midnight and as early as 4am. How many hours of sleep does she manage per night?? (And does she feel rested when she wakes up?)

Feb. 16 2010 01:42 PM

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