Today I sat down with Dr. Peter Rosen to talk about the topic of life and death.
Peter is a close friend and one my mentors throughout my training and career. I trained under Peter as a resident at UCSD and I whenever Peter is in town I try to meet up with him to talk about anything BUT emergency medicine! He usually tries to goat me into a tennis match but I’ve been beat up too many times to take the thrashing anymore!
Today I convinced Peter to go on-the-record with me and talk a little bit on the topic of life and death, since the topic is so important to what we are doing with ECPR. Peter has spent decades watching gadgets, toys, and technology come and go – and carries a very understandable skepticism toward any process that artificially prolongs life. I’m not sure I convinced him during this session but my career goal will be to show him that ECPR works in the right patient population.
Hearing Peter talk is always fascinating and I hope to have him on regularly on the podcast.