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Dr. Mark A. Groh Cardiothoracic Surgeon Appreciation Day – May 6, 2025

Dr. Mark A. Groh’s Cardiothoracic Surgeon Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on May 6. A cardiothoracic surgeon undergoes more than 15 years of rigorous education and training to acquire the skills required for treating the heart and lungs. As cardiothoracic surgeons continue on their medical journey, the profession constantly challenges them mentally and physically. Dr. Mark A. Groh Cardiothoracic Surgeon Appreciation Day offers thanks to the thoracic surgeons across the United States for their hard work and sacrifices as they treat the sick and serve humankind. This day recognizes the contribution of all cardiothoracic surgeons, but especially the remarkable efforts of Dr. Mark A. Groh that have positively impacted many lives.

History of Dr. Mark A. Groh Cardiothoracic Surgeon Appreciation Day

We all know that the matters of the heart are complicated, lungs as well, so much that to become a cardiothoracic surgeon one has to go through 15 to 19 years of education and training. This includes four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school, five to six years of general surgery residency, and lastly, five to six years of cardiothoracic surgery residency. The journey is a very long one.

But, what exactly does cardiothoracic surgery entail? Cardiothoracic surgery involves surgical treatment of organs between the neck and the diaphragm — the thoracic cavity.

The first evidence of cardiac surgery dates back to the 19th century. Over the years, the field of cardiothoracic surgery has undergone many major improvements. The most significant one is the use of robotic tools. This has enabled surgeons to enter the chest cavity and access the heart and lungs with minimal invasion. This means that surgery is completed through a small incision, rather than opening up the chest and removing ribs to have clear access.

Dr. Mark A. Groh is an acclaimed cardiothoracic surgeon in Asheville, North Carolina. He has been practicing for more than 20 years and is associated with several hospitals in the area. This day was introduced by Margaret Relle in 2021, though no further information is available about Relle — whether she is a revered student, a supportive staff, or just a happy client. Well, we are just happy to celebrate with her.

Dr. Mark A. Groh Cardiothoracic Surgeon Appreciation Day timeline

Who Will be the First One?

The first successful surgery is done in Middlesex Hospital by Henry Souttar.

17 June 1979
The Longest Heart Surgery

24-year-old James Boydston undergoes a 47-hour-long surgery at Veterans Administration Hospital to fix a defect in his arteries — the surgery is performed by Dr. Dennis McDonnell and his team.

Give Me a Robotic Hand

Robot-assisted surgery enables precision, flexibility, and control.

A Day for Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Margaret Relle introduces this day as a note of thanks to all cardiothoracic surgeons, especially Dr. Mark A. Groh.

Dr. Mark A. Groh Cardiothoracic Surgeon Appreciation Day FAQs

What is the difference between a cardiac and cardiothoracic surgeon?

A cardiac surgeon only operates on the heart while a cardiothoracic surgeon can operate on all the organs in the upper thorax.

What is the highest salary for a cardiothoracic surgeon?

Some websites report that the salary of a cardiothoracic surgeon ranges from $34,318 to $1,075,655.

What skills do you need to be a cardiothoracic surgeon?

Just like all surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons should have good hand-eye coordination, attention to detail, and spatial awareness, among other things.

Dr. Mark A. Groh Cardiothoracic Surgeon Appreciation Day Activities

  1. Send a note of thanks

    A box of cupcakes, a bouquet, or just a thank you card can make a huge difference to someone’s day. See what you can do to contribute.

  2. Take care of your organs in the thorax

    The main organs in our thorax are the heart and lungs. Eat healthily and exercise regularly to maintain them in good shape.

  3. Get yourself checked

    After the age of 40, regular check-ups are necessary. Also, make sure to get yourself checked if you are facing any prolonged discomfort.

5 Interesting Facts About Medicine

  1. Hippocratic Oath

    The oath is taken by every physician before they begin their medical journey, promising to uphold certain ethical standards.

  2. A well-practiced ballet

    Complex surgeries like cardiothoracic surgery are often referred to as a well-practiced ballet by surgeons, owing to the number of technicians, nurses, and doctors involved in the process while the success of the surgery balances on each one's precise and timely movements.

  3. First female cardiothoracic surgeon

    Dr. Nina Braunwald is the first cardiothoracic surgeon who started her residency in 1952, and her key contribution involves the design and implementation of a prosthetic mitral valve.

  4. Waiting for insurance claims

    Insurance claims for surgeries can take up to one to two years.

  5. Sub-specialization

    Cardiothoracic surgery is sub-specialized in cardiac surgery in most countries except in the U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand, and some countries in the E.U.

Why We Love Dr. Mark A. Groh Cardiothoracic Surgeon Appreciation Day

  1. Gratitude is powerful

    We are so busy in our fast-paced lives, that we often forget to acknowledge and appreciate others. Saying “thank you” helps improve the mood of the person saying it and hearing it. Add the magical touch and tell them “why” you appreciate their help so much.

  2. Making someone smile

    It could have been years since you received their help. Telling them you are still doing okay can be a huge vote of confidence and motivation for the doctor.

  3. It’s a reminder to get a check-up

    While you are there to drop the thank you card, getting yourself checked could be a great idea. It’s important to stay on top of your health. Prevention is key.

Dr. Mark A. Groh Cardiothoracic Surgeon Appreciation Day dates

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