Caitlin works in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins, where her own grandfather was the recipient of a successful heart transplant in the early 1980s. He was a shining example to her of someone who used his “borrowed time” to live wisely and prepare for his family for his inevitable death. In her work, she feels it is a clinician’s responsibility to communicate candidly with patients about their treatment options so that they can, in turn, make choices that optimize quality of life.

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