Physician’s Perspective

  • John P. CheathamEmail author


What do we mean by “hybrid”? According to Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1996), hybrid\hy “brid”\, N. {L. hybrida, hibrida, (BIOL.)} is “the offspring of the union of two distinct species; an animal or plant produced from the mixture of two species.” Some would argue that the interventional cardiologist and the cardiothoracic surgeon are definitely two different species. They think “differently.” They act “differently.” They dress “differently.” They are certainly paid “differently.” As an interventional cardiologist, we are always interested in new treatments, always ready to test and try a new device or technique, and are always self-confident. Our cardiothoracic surgical colleagues usually believe that “if things aren’t broke, don’t try and fix them”; once a surgical technique is mastered, they are reluctant to change it and are even more self-confident.


Patent Ductus Arteriosus Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Interventional Cardiologist 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Heart Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Pediatrics & Internal MedicineThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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