As one of the cardiac surgeons here at Duke, I do a myriad of heart and lung surgeries on adults. I perform an operation called pulmonary endarterectomy for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), which is a disease that causes chronic blood clots of the lung. It’s an uncommon surgery and only done in a handful of centers in the county. I also perform coronary bypass surgery and valve surgeries for people who have diseases in their aortic valve or mitral valve, or who have infective endocarditis, which is an infection of their heart valve. I also perform lung transplant surgeries for a variety of diseases, including cystic fibrosis, COPD, and pulmonary fibrosis. Because our practice has advanced technologies, we can expand our ability to operate on higher risk patients. I have a tremendous amount of empathy for people who are out of breath; it is incredibly motivating and gratifying to help patients breathe again.