Heart Matters - Kathy Magliato, M.D.

Heart Matters

Author: Kathy Magliato, M.D.

  • Publication Date: 2011-01-11
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 51 Ratings)


An inspiring, surprising, sometimes shocking, and ultimately deeply informative memoir of the high-stakes, high-pressured life of a female heart surgeon
 Dr. Kathy Magliato is one of the few female heart surgeons practicing in the world today. She is also a member of an even more exclusive group—those surgeons specially trained to perform heart transplants. Heart Matters is the story of the making of a surgeon who is also a wife and mother. In this powerful and moving memoir, which inspired the NBC series Heart Beat, Dr. Magliato takes us into her highly demanding, physically intense, male-dominated world and shows us how she masterfully works to save patients' lives every day, while also maintaining balance at home. Heart Matters is also a wake-up call to all women about their number one killer - heart disease - and explains how to avoid becoming a victim.

Magliato offers a vivid behind-the-scenes view of what really goes on in an operating room and the real-life drama that occurs there. She shows the passion and commitment between patient and doctor, revealing that, at the end of a long day, it's our hearts that matter most.


  • Heart Matters

    By goldenmax14
    A fast read because this doctor knows how to write in a manner that makes the reader feel you are right in that or with her, or holding that dying infant in your own arms, or riding on that gurney. I like this doctor, she is bright, articulate, tough as nails, but she has a heart. This is the doctor you want caring for your family member. She is comfortable in her own skin. She doesn't spend a lot time cranking about glass ceilings she has encountered, but you know she has faced them, and might continue to do so. She gets it, a very male dominated boys club she has chosen to join. Becoming a surgeon is not easy, becoming a heart surgeon is very difficult, becoming a woman heart surgeon is extraordinary. I don't often write reviews, but this woman deserves a "well done" for this fascinating glimpse into her world. Tough profession she chose, I am glad for one she did.