Daniel F. Roses, MD, a surgical oncologist at NYU Langone for more than 40 years, was once again at Carnegie Hall on January 28, this time listening to the Philadelphia Orchestra. Suddenly, a man sitting right next to him went into cardiac arrest.
One row back, a woman, who is a physical therapist, noticed the man slouched over and started administering chest compressions. Within moments, Dr. Roses began CPR. The music stopped, and the man was then brought out to the lobby, where Dr. Roses continued CPR until emergency medical services arrived. Sure enough, by the time they came, the man was breathing; he was then taken to a local hospital where he had an emergency stent placed. It happened so quickly, the conductor was able to announce the man’s survival by the time the concert was over.
“This was the concert of the year, a very big event,” said Dr. Roses. “Yuja Wang and the orchestra were performing Rachmaninoff’s four piano concertos, which are all about humanity.”
Dr. Roses is the Jules Leonard Whitehill Professor of Surgery and Oncology in NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery and a member of NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center. His practice and research have been focused on patients with breast cancer, malignant melanoma, and thyroid and parathyroid disease.
“It was a very profound moment,” Dr. Roses said. “I’ve been a surgeon for a long time, and, in a sense, this is what caring is really about.”