U.S. Army Medicine Brief: Saving Lives Through Advanced Medicine

In 2015, U.S. Army cardiologist Col. Eugene Soh, MD, talks about minimally invasive transcatheter aortic heart valve replacements (TAVR) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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It’s the greatest technological advancement that I’ve ever seen in medicine.


In November, 2015, my colleague and I were the first physicians in the Army ever to implant a transcatheter heart valve. It’s a novel way to replace a heart valve without making any incisions in the body. The idea of replacing someone’s heart valve without having to open up their chest or open up their heart in order to replace that valve is earth shattering, so the fact that we’re able to do that for our patients has been incredibly rewarding. As an Army physician I’m committed to providing the best care possible to all my patients, whether that’s in an austere environment or here at Walter Reed Bethesda, and “tather” allows me to do that.


I’ve been an Army officer for 24 years. I’ve deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. I’ve been a cardiologist for nearly 15 years. This by far is the most exciting thing I’ve ever done in the Army.