Patient Perspective

UConn Health is Connecticut’s only academic medical center. More than 600 doctors care for more than 650,000 patients each year at UConn John Dempsey Hospital, its Emergency Department, its new state-of-the-art Outpatient Pavilion, and at 10 medical service locations in Avon, Canton, East Hartford, Farmington, Plainville, Putnam, Simsbury, Southington, Storrs, and West Hartford. In addition, patients participate in care and cutting-edge clinical trial research through our UConn School of Medicine and UConn School of Dental Medicine. Each day our clinicians, surgeons, physician-scientists, multidisciplinary health care teams, and nurses are on the frontlines of patient care, saving lives, curing disease, and performing lifesaving operations with the latest technology, advanced treatments, and promising therapies.

Each day the patient is at the center of everything we do. In the Patient Perspectives series learn first-hand through our patients’ eyes and words about their extraordinary medical journeys at UConn Health.

Fixing a Stroke Causing Heart Hole

Twenty-five percent of us have a small opening in our heart between the left and right atrium called a PFO. While most of us will never know we have a PFO, some find out after a stroke. See how doctors at UConn Health are helping a young stroke survivor born with a PFO prevent a future stroke.

40-Year-Old Father’s Life and Livelihood Saved by UConn Health Cath Lab

Fred Veilleux, 40, of East Hartford is a father of three children and the picture of strength. Learn how UConn Health's Calhoun Cardiology Center got him quickly back to his family and also back to work lifting 3,000 lbs. a day.

Heart Health Remains Paramount Concern for Women, Even During Pandemic

Delaying health care over fears of the COVID-19 virus can have potentially deadly consequences

Once-a-Day Pills for Sickle Cell Changing Young Woman’s Life

World Sickle Cell Disease Day is June 19. Learn how the advanced clinical care and research of Dr. Biree Andemariam and her New England Sickle Cell Institute at UConn Health are changing sickle cell patients' daily lives.

Veteran Saves Fellow Veteran from Deadly Heart Attack

A heartwarming Memorial Day story of an Army Veteran turned paramedic saving another Army Veteran's life from the most dangerous type of heart attack.

After her Fitbit alerted her to serious heart trouble, 73-year-old Patricia Lauder was successfully treated at UConn Health's Calhoun Cardiology Center by cardiologist Dr. JuYong Lee. (Janine Gelineau/UConn Health Photo)

Fitness Tracker Saves Patient’s Life

After her Fitbit alerted her to serious heart trouble, 73-year-old Patricia Lauder was successfully treated at UConn Health's Calhoun Cardiology Center.

Ovarian cancer patient Marcia Goglia, left, and Dr. Jeffrey Wasser. (Janine Gelineau/UConn Health Photo)

Immunotherapy Helps Woman Fight Deadly Ovarian Cancer

A 64-year-old woman with ovarian cancer has experienced significant improvements after taking part in a clinical trial combining two immunotherapies at UConn Health.

Dr. Omar Ibrahim, right, director of thoracic oncology at the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, UConn Health, and Dr. Electra Kaloudis, section head of thoracic imaging in the Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Therapeutics, look over a low dose CT scan. (Janine Gelineau/UConn Health Photo)

Early Detection of Lung Cancer Saves Lives

'Early detection is a patient’s best chance for a lung cancer cure,' says UConn Health's Dr. Omar Ibrahim.

Thanks to prompt treatment by UConn Health team Drs. Kai Chen, left, and Juyong Lee, patient Clyde Livingston gets 'a second chance at life.' (Lauren Woods/UConn Health Photo)

A Scary Halloween: High School Custodian Survives Cardiac Arrest

Thanks to prompt treatment by a UConn Health team, patient Clyde Livingston gets 'a second chance at life.'

UConn Health sports medicine expert Dr. Cory Edgar performs an ultrasound on baseball player Anthony Giansanti of Montville, Conn. Giansanti was successfully treated for a hamstring injury with an advanced natural treatment called platelet-rich plasma (PRP), followed by physical therapy and rehabilitation. (Lauren Woods/UConn Health Photo)

Power of Possible: UConn Health Keeping Baseball Player in the Game

Injured baseball player Anthony Giansanti was successfully treated at UConn Health with an advanced natural treatment called platelet-rich plasma.

Norman Smith of Windsor, a 65-year-old breast cancer survivor. (Photo courtesy of Norman Smith)

Survivor Seeks to Raise Awareness about Male Breast Cancer

After successful treatment at UConn Health, Norman Smith is now passionate about raising awareness about male breast cancer.

Sickle cell patient Evelyn Richard at the New England Sickle Cell Institute at UConn Health. (Janine Gelineau/UConn Health Photo)

UConn Health Helping Adults With Sickle Cell Live Longer

Care providers at the New England Sickle Cell Institute help patients live longer, healthier, less painful lives.

Michael Poulin, 70, of West Hartford.

Vascular Surgeon Helps Patient Beat Survival Odds

A 70-year-old survived an abdominal aortic aneurysm, thanks to the quick work of his surgeon and UConn John Dempsey Hospital.

Ellen Potter of Canton broke her hip during a sail near Block Island and stopped at nothing to get to UConn Health and its UConn John Dempsey Hospital for care (Photo: Frank Barton/UConn Health).

Woman with Broken Hip Sails to UConn Health for Care

Ellen Potter fell and broke her hip on her boat near Block Island, then sailed hours to the Connecticut shore so she could receive top-notch surgical care at UConn Health.

Cardiac arrest survivor Richard Couture with his longtime Electrophysiologist Dr. Christopher Pickett at UConn Health on April 29 during his first check-up a few weeks after UConn Health Cardiologist Dr. Manny Katsetos saved his life with bystander CPR.

Heart Doctor Stops His Car to Save Life of Construction Worker

On April 11 Richard Couture, 56, of Bristol was working his construction job helping to build 10 new homes in West Hartford when his heart suddenly stopped. Cardiologist Dr. Manny Katsetos of UConn Health and Lexington Cardiology Associates happened to be driving by. “Something caught my eye in front of a house, and to my […]