Review & Giveaway: Last Night in the OR: A Transplant Surgeon’s Odyssey by Bud Shaw


The 1980s marked a revolution in the field of organ transplants, and Bud Shaw, M.D., who studied under Tom Starzl in Pittsburgh, was on the front lines. Now retired from active practice, Dr. Shaw relays gripping moments of anguish and elation, frustration and reward, despair and hope in his struggle to save patients. He reveals harshly intimate moments of his medical career.

An exhilarating, fast-paced, and beautifully written memoir, one that will captivate readers with its courage, intimacy, and honesty.

Bud Shaw opens the door to his life wide open. He shares his personal life along with his stellar professional career. The sacrifices transplant surgery demands is unforgiving, it takes a different breed altogether to take on this intense speciality, only an elite few possess the skill, talent required and even fewer can handle the grueling demands mentally, physically, emotionally, their personal life, family and loved ones put through tests as well. A naked glimpse into the making of a transplant surgeon.

Shaw’s story is nothing short of candid. He tells of his entry into medicine, his awkward learning curve, the politics, near firings, mistakes, yes, he shares himself openly, appears nothing is held back. His also reflects on his childhood with stories of his family and his boyhood losses and shenanigans. A comprehensive overview of his career and personal struggles and successes is presented.

If you’ve ever wanted to walk in the shoes of a transplant surgeon privy to what transpires behind the curtain this story will appeal to you as well as a strained personal life filled with numerous ups and downs, health scares and tragedy.

Enlightening, educational and raw. I respect Shaw for opening himself up to show his human side and not just the role of esteemed clinician. I have a better understanding of a physicians ego, power trip, need for adrenaline, and of course God complex. Such intimate and honest insight explains so much about the role, life and behaviors of physicians. Extremely interesting, fascinating to say the least.


Enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of Last Night in the OR, please complete the giveaway form below. Open to US residents only. Ends 10/7/15


Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Plume
ISBN13: 9780147515339


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