Heart Surgeon for a Day

Be a Heart Surgeon for a Day!

(Note - this event has been rescheduled to February 26, 2014.)

About the event:


Dr. Glenn Barnhart and the team at the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute in Seattle are inviting 15 members of the public (including students) to become a “Heart Surgeons for a Day” on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Randomly selected individuals will spend time learning about the heart and its key parts. These individuals will see how Swedish surgeons are using the latest technology to prevent, diagnose, and treat heart disease.

As part of the event, participants will:

  • Receive their own Swedish medical scrubs, just like a surgeon
  • Examine a human heart and video footage from a live surgery 
  • Participate in interactive demonstrations using surgical tools such as the da Vinci robot.
  • Receive a behind-the-scenes tour  of the Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute

At the conclusion of the event, Dr. Barnhart and other cardiologists and cardiac surgeons will host a lunch session to answer questions and provide more hands-on time with surgical tools and technology.



“Heart Surgeon for a Day” Tentative Schedule of Events:

  • 9:30 AM: Scrub up with your new pair of medical scrubs
  • 9:45AM: Breakfast and meet and greet with other participants and physicians
  • 10 AM: Welcome
  • 10:10 AM: Watch part of a heart surgery and prepare for hands-on demonstrations and exercises
  • 10:30: Take part in an interactive session with all the tools and technology of cardiac surgery, including the opportunity to see a human heart.
  • 11:30 AM: Guided behind-the-scenes tour
  • 12:15 PM: Lunch and Q&A session
  • 12:45-1:00 PM: Event conclusion, with additional time for hands-on demonstrations

Stay in touch with Swedish after the event:



How to participate:


Participants for “Heart Surgeon for a Day” will be selected randomly and will join Dr. Barnhart live at Swedish. Those who were not selected and other interested participants can follow online during the event via @Swedish and #SwedishDoc4Day.


Why become a “Heart Surgeon for the day" with Swedish?

Nearly 16 million Americans have coronary artery disease. Surprisingly, more than half of all men and 63% of all women who die from this fatal disease had no noticeable symptoms.


By becoming a “heart surgeon” for the day, participants will have the opportunity to see firsthand the tremendous work physicians do every day to treat heart failure and heart disease. Our hope is that the “Heart Surgeon for a Day” event will inspire both the participants who attend, and the individuals who join the conversation online to learn more about heart disease prevention and treatment. We also hope we inspire people to consider the medical field as a career path.

"Heart Surgeon for a Day" is just one of many ways to support community education and further new research and treatment for hear disease. Learn more by visiting:


Questions about the “Heart Surgeon for a Day” event:

Media Inquiries:

  • (206) 998-5028, media@swedish.org (@Swedish)


Meet the team

Glenn Barnhart, M.D., cardiac surgeon at Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute in Seattle, Wash. and Chief and Executive Director of Cardiac Surgical Services and  Co-Director of the Swedish Valve Center.

Eric Lehr, M.D., cardiac surgeon at Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute.

Samuel Youssef, M.D., cardiac surgeon at Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute.

We will also be joined by the American Heart Association, along with top vendors in cardiac care during the event.