the torch Winter 2017, Issue 4 | Page 16

PHYSICIAN PROFILE SHELLEY HALL, M.D. When Shelley Hall, M.D., was than 20 percent of cardiologists who discouraged her from going into according to an American College of pediatrician said that women only go As a transplant cardiologist, Dr. Hall heading to college, her pediatrician see adult patients are women, medicine. When she persisted, her Cardiology survey done in 2015. into pediatrics or obstetrics and knows all too well the sad reality of Englander was accepted to college people waiting for an organ than there packed two suitcases, hugged her though, may help increase the to pursue a medical career in enough for transplantation. gynecology. So, when the New organ donation: there are far more at the University of Dallas, she are donors. A trial she is leading, mother and boarded a plane to Texas number of organs deemed healthy pediatrics. Big Texas hair and slow Southern Dr. Hall was selected as the principal Dr. Shelley Hall investigator of a national study that will investigate whether a heart from a drawls took some getting used to, but she loved getting into Dallas Cowboys’ games for free since she had been raised a big fan of “America’s Team.” During the fourth quarter, when the Cowboys were located at Texas Stadium, the team let students in at no cost. When she wasn’t at games, she was studying to prepare for medicine and got accepted as an out-of-state student to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She developed her third-year rotation with one goal in mind: “I had planned them all around pediatrics,” she said. But when she was exposed to cardiology, and then to transplant cardiology, she took a hard left from pediatrics. Her new passion was congestive heart failure and transplantation. “To me, it was the per fect combination of specialization and hepatitis C-positive donor can be said Dr. Hall, who is now chief of donors, who historically were deemed hear t failure and mechanical now be considered. Recipients University Medical Center at Dallas hepatitis C can now be treated with a A&M Health Science Center College the virus. Since several million people When she began her career at greatly increase the pool of potential taking care of the entire patient,” transplanted into a patient. Potential cardiac transplantation, congestive ineligible because of the virus, can circulator y suppor t at Baylor receiving a heart from someone with and associate professor at Texas new class of antivirals that can cure of Medicine. in the U.S. have hepatitis C, this can Baylor Dallas, Dr. Hall was the donors. Currently, Dr. Hall is working cardiologist and one of only a few joined the ranks of cardiology People often think you’re a transplant surgeon, which isn’t the case. How do you explain the role of a transplant cardiologist? many of them are women. Although this happens every time. I say, “We school graduates are women, fewer until we get a potential heart. The depar tment’s first transplant women in cardiology. Years later, more transplant cardiologists have departments in the U.S., but not approximately half of all medical 16 to raise funding to support the trial. I tell this to all my patients, because take care of you, and keep you alive,