distals.com has a simple mission: to connect cardiothoracic surgeons. By enhancing collaboration and the sharing of ideas, the community can facilitate surgeon education and better care for our patients.
If you're a recent graduate or a fellow, this is the place to see what more experienced surgeons are doing, what practice standards are in their communities, and how they are utilizing new technologies. You can even ask a question to the community if you can't find what you're looking for.
If you're an expert or in an academic or community-based practice, this is the place to help educate the next generation of surgeons and stay in touch with your contemporaries. Login and watch a live case being streamed, author your own case video, or create a curriculum for your fellows that's accessible from any mobile device.
The technology that drives our site is rich and powerful, but simple for the user, so that contributing to the community is easy. Whether you want to create and maintain a blog (Progress Notes) so we can all benefit from an interesting case or maintain a group (Practice Areas) in the subject of your choice that we can all comment on and follow, is up to you.
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Michael Meyer, M.D., FACS
Mike is the creator of distals.com. He attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. This was followed by internship and residency in surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. After practicing general surgery for 2 years at Winn Army Community Hospital in Ft. Stewart, GA, he went on to his cardiothoracic surgery residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. Mike has been to Macedonia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan (twice) with the Army. He currently practices cardiac surgery at Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, WA and thoracic surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center, Ft. Lewis, WA. Check out his blog at MikeTheCutter.com.
Dennis Nichols, M.D., FACS
Dennis is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, and a former Fulbright scholar. He attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, followed by general surgery internship and residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. After two years as a general surgeon in Germany, he completed cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Tennessee. He practices at Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, WA.
Charlie Anderson, M.D.
Charlie graduated from the Creighton University School of Medicine and completed a surgery internship at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. This was followed by a two-year tour in Germany as an Army flight surgeon, after which he returned to Tripler Army Medical Center to complete his surgery residency. After finishing his Army commitment as a general surgeon, Charlie did a cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He followed this with additional training at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, LA as a fellow in cardiac transplant and mechanical circulatory support. Charlie practices in Columbus, GA.
Keith Havenstrite, M.D.
Keith is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. Following this, Keith completed general surgery internship at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, CO, and general surgery residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, GA. He went on to cardiothoracic surgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He served in Honduras, Afghanistan and Iraq with the Army and practices cardiac surgery at Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, WA, and thoracic surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
Date of Last Revision: April 16, 2013
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