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The abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a common vascular disease. The current clinical criterion for treating AAAs is an increased diameter above a critical value. However, the maximum diameter does not correlate well with aortic rupture, the main cause of death from AAA disease. AAA disease leads to changes in the aortic wall mechanical properties. The(More)
In the surgical intensive care unit (SICU), the stress of having a critically ill loved one creates significant bereavement and emotional needs for family members. Surgical palliative care has expanded; clinicians do not just treat the patient, but now include the family within the scope of care. Understanding and treating complicated grief, and the(More)
—The abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a common vascular disease. AAA disease leads to changes in the mechanical properties of the aortic wall. Pulse-Wave Imaging (PWI) has been developed by our group to noninvasively and visually map the pulse-wave propagation along the aortic wall in mice at a frame rate of 8 kHz in vivo. By using a retrospective(More)
BACKGROUND Trainees and practicing physicians alike find breaking bad, sad, or difficult news to a patient or family member as one of the most challenging communication tasks they perform. Interpersonal and communication skills are a core competency for resident training. However, in disciplines where technical skills have a major emphasis, such as surgery,(More)
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