Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Quality of Patient Care: Elucidating Patient Perspectives on Surgical Innovations


Elucidating Patient Perspectives on Surgical Innovations


This project is an extension of Professor Bruce’s work on transplantation ethics and decision-making involving mechanical circulatory support devices. Through qualitative interviewing, the purpose of this project is to learn about the information and decision needs of patients that undergo innovative surgeries and procedures compared to surgeons’ perspectives.

Supported by: Constance M. and Byron F. Dyer Fellowship Award; Houston Methodist Foundation


Project Personnel


Principal Investigator

Courtenay Bruce, M.A., J.D., Principal Investigator




Bruce CR, Smith ML, McCullough LB. Clarification of the Intent of Ventricular Assist Devices Prior to Patient Consent. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2013 Jun;145(6):1423-5.

Bruce CR, Majumder MA, Loebe M. Patient-to-patient encounters: Benefits and challenges. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 2013 Jun;32(6):658-9.

Bruce CR. Lessons Learned from the Case of Sarah Murnaghan. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 2013 Sep; 32(9):937-8.

Bruce CR, Brody BA, Majumder MA. Ethics dilemmas surrounding the use of ventricular assist devices in supporting patients with end-stage organ dysfunction Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal 2013 9(1):11-4 (invited)

Bruce CR, Fetter JE, Blumenthal-Barby JS. Cascade effects in critical care medicine: a call for practice changes American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2013 Dec 15;188(12):1384-5.

Bruce, CR. A review of ethical considerations for ventricular assist device placement in older adults. Aging and Disease 2013 Jan 18;4(2):100-12

Bruce CR, Bhimaraj A, Smith M. Revising surrogate consent for ventricular assist device placement. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2014; 97(3): 747-9.

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