April 14, 2005 07:15 ET

Reminder - Presents: Surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital Will Demonstrate Surgical Treatment for a Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

Live Webcast: Thursday, April 14th, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. EDT (20:30 UTC)

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 14, 2005 -- Surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, will demonstrate live to an Internet audience a surgical procedure to treat thoracic aortic aneurysms. The broadcast will take place on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 4:30 pm EST and may be accessed by visiting

The procedure will be the repair of an aortic arch aneurysm. It is performed on selected patients with enlargement of the arch portion of the thoracic aorta.

"Traditionally, surgery for aortic arch aneurysms has been risky," said Dr. Alan D. Hilgenberg, MD, co-Director of the Thoracic Aortic Center at Massachusetts General. "We have made great progress in minimizing blood loss and in protecting the nervous system during these operations, thereby decreasing the risk of surgery and speeding the patient's recovery." Surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital perform more aortic arch reconstructive surgery than any other center in New England.

While Hilgenberg performs the procedure, his colleagues, Dr. Thomas MacGillivray, MD, a Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiac Surgeon, and Dr. Eric Isselbacher, MD, co-Director of the Thoracic Aortic Center at Massachusetts General, will narrate and answer email questions from viewers.

This broadcast, the sixth in a series, will be staffed by camera crews with complete access to the operating room.

For more information about the broadcast, call (617) 724-4747 or visit to view a program preview video.

Massachusetts General Hospital, established in 1811, is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of more than $350 million and major research centers in AIDS, cardiovascular research, cancer, cutaneous biology, neurodegenerative disorders, transplantation biology and photomedicine.

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