The MHTW O.R. cardiovascular team would like to nominate Dr. Stephen Maniscalco for Physician of the Year. We collaborated as a team to express how much each of us appreciates Dr. Maniscalco. The following sentiments are felt by ALL the individuals that make up the O.R. CV team. Dr. Maniscalco is an extraordinarily skilled and gifted cardiovascular/thoracic surgeon. The community, CV team, and this facility are extremely blessed to have a CV surgeon of his caliber and skillset taking care of our patients, as well as our own staff and their families. He truly cares for his patients and their families. Surgery is not a job for him, but who he is. He is an exemplary role model, ethically and morally, and displays a level of integrity and character that we are privileged to witness every day. each heart team member to work harder for the patient and him. He is the first surgeon in the O.R. in the morning and often the last to leave due to his busy schedule. He is rarely late and often early for his cases. Not only does he exemplify dedication to his own service line, but he often provides emergency assistance to fellow surgeons, stepping in at a moment’s notice to lend his expertise in repairing an unexpected turn of events. Always the epitome of calm, level-headedness in an emergency situation, he is the go-to surgeon for other surgeons to call for assistance in trauma and emergent situations, helping to safe many lives. The MHTW O.R. CV team has a tremendous amount of respect for Dr. Maniscalco. We all feel confident and secure when we know he is in the O.R. or the Cath Lab. In the last few years, Dr. Maniscalco has become the leader of the CV service as well as evolving into the heart of the MHTW cardiovascular program. At the end, you will find a personal note from each individual on the team, some will be humorous, inside jokes, as Dr. Mani has a great sense of humor. Collectively, we all feel that we are better as a whole because he is our foundation. “You make it look so easy,” Dr. Shelley Caraway. “Go, go, go,” Dr. Daksha Shah. “I’m doing a good job holding that wall up,” and “I feel very fortunate that I get to work with him,” Sherry Miller, RN. “Trust no one,” Elaine Stewart, RN. “Ain’t nobody got time for that and don’t S the P!” Winnie Quach, RN. “Dr. Mani-ac,” Geri Cole, CST. “Don’t worry, I’m going to teach you my way to do it. I’ll keep you two steps ahead at all times,” –Holly Mishoe, RN. “Dr. Mani is always so appreciative of our hard work” Cammie Delony , RN. “Things I’ve learned in Dr. Mani’s room: it’s always hot in here and NO country music!” Rebecca Nutt RN “I’m SO done with you!” Taylor Anderman “Dr. Mani will continuously work and do whatever it takes to get the best outcome of the patients” Linda Chevalier RN “Dr. Maniscalco skills, dedication, guidance and leadership have shaped our C.V. team into a family.” Dori Watto RN “My father was a patient recently in the hospital. Being a nurse in the OR at Memorial Hermann and constantly hearing the CV nurses singing his praises day after day, not only for his complete devotion to his patients but as a person, I knew Dr. Maniscalco was the doctor we HAD to get for my father. We were beyond thrilled when we found out he would be able to treat my father. May dad’s procedure went well into the night and Dr. Mani went above and beyond on his part. Afterwards, my dad was very critical. Dr. Mani was up all night on the phone with the nurses trying to “pull out all the stops” for him. I know this because the nurse told me. Dr. Maniscalco did absolutely all he could do for him. We ultimately lost my father and it was devastating. But we do take solace in knowing that everything Dr. Mani could do to save him was done. My family and I will forever be grateful to him for his valiant efforts and I will never be able to thank him enough. I now know why the girls in the OR are constantly praising him. They are so right! Dr. Maniscalco, you are the BEST!!” Very sincerely, Christy Fogleman, RN
Memorial Hermann Culture: Dr. Maniscalco is involved in every aspect of the care provided to his patients, assisting the nurses, techs and anesthesia providers to efficiently and effectively enhance patient outcomes. He can frequently be found giving a detailed report to the ICU for his patient coming from the O.R., titrating drips in ICU, putting in arterial and central line catheters to assist anesthesia providers, assisting with difficult Foley catheter insertions, providing assistance and guidance during patient positioning, and always making himself available for patient transfers and transport. Dr. Mani even mops the O.R. floor to help the O.R. staff with room turnover. He is so efficient that he pages overhead from the ICU so that the O.R. staff knows he is ready. He is very willing to teach and guide staff and patiently answers questions without making staff feel inadequate. He spends countless hours providing care for patients before, during, and after surgery. He is here at all hours checking on his patients and making sure that they have the best care. His dedication as a surgeon and team player is unmatched here at MHTW. Because of Dr. Mani, the CV team is able to work in stressful situations with confidence and a touch of humor that has grown from the collaborative work environment that he creates and supports. He does not ask anything from the staff that he is not willing to give himself. He works long hours; therefore, his O.R. heart team works long hours as well. He does NOT leave us to do the small stuff. He is there the whole time helping to make the long days smoother. We do not hear him complain about the time/work that he puts in, and his dedication and hard work inspire each heart team member to work harder for the patient and him. He is the first surgeon in the O.R. in the morning and often the last to leave due to his busy schedule. He is rarely late and often early for his cases. Not only does he exemplify dedication to his own service line, but he often provides emergency assistance to fellow surgeons, stepping in at a moment’s notice to lend his expertise in repairing an unexpected turn of events. Always the epitome of calm, level-headedness in an emergency situation, he is the go-to surgeon for other surgeons to call for assistance in trauma and emergent situations. Dr. Maniscalco exemplifies the Memorial Hermann Culture.