Tal Golesworthy: How I Repaired My Own Heart

Tal Golesworthy is a boiler engineer — he knows piping and plumbing. When he needed surgery to repair a life-threatening problem with his aorta, he mixed his engineering skills with his doctors’ medical knowledge to design a better repair job.

In July 2015, Tal Golesworthy received one of the first six Patient Innovation Awards at a ceremony in Lisbon, and in November 2015, Mr Golesworthy spoke at the Scottish Completing the Picture in Cumbernauld. The conference is an annual educational symposium for healthcare professionals who use, manage, maintain or purchase medical devices.

This well respected event is a recognised professional development opportunity and helps to improve knowledge and awareness of medical device topics that affect the industry both today and in the future.

In the light of these recent events, and Mr Golesworthy’s continuing good health, it is worth remembering that, in his 2011 talk, he told his TED audience:

I’ve coined the phrase “obstructive conservatism.” So many people in the medical world don’t want to change. Particularly when some jumped-up engineer has come along with the answer. They don’t want to change. They simply want to do whatever they’ve done before. And in fact, many surgeons in the UK are still waiting for one of our patients to have some sort of an episode, so that they could say, “Told you that was no good.” We’ve actually got 30 patients. At seven and a half years, we’ve got 90 post-op patient years between us, and we haven’t had a single problem. And still, there are people in the UK saying, “That external aortic root, it will never work, you know.”

Tal Golesworthy

Thanks to Exstent Limited.

Last Checked/Updated: August 12, 2019.
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