Cassivi appears excited about the innovations in medicine when he speaks to Spear’s. Not just in terms of the advances it affords treatment and patient wellbeing, but in how the nature of treatment itself will change.
‘Besides the technological advances in diagnostics and therapeutics, we have seen a tremendous expansion in the technologies of communication that result in heightened connectivity. This has definitely had an impact on the “mobility” of healthcare consumers. Personalised or individualised medicine is increasingly possible and similarly increasingly expected.’
It’s unsurprising he has such a nuanced, well-informed view on the sector. Cassivi says he is honoured to lead his team of world-class doctors who, on a daily basis, provide high-level diagnostic insights ‘supported by on-site state-of-the-art technology and backed up through seamless access to and collaboration with our network of over 4,600 subspecialty experts at Oxford and our Mayo Clinic sites in Minnesota, Florida, and Arizona’.
After beginning his career in Canada, he moved to Toronto to study surgery while obtaining a Master of Science degree in the field of gene therapy and transplantation. He then completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, prior to being recruited by Mayo Clinic as a thoracic surgeon.
Now in London, he praises the partnership of Mayo Clinic and Oxford University Clinic for bringing together centuries of expertise. ‘It’s a collaboration between two of the world’s leading names in healthcare and research that has brought a world-class diagnostics and preventative healthcare facility to central London,’ he tells Spear’s.
‘It is my privilege to work with teams that serve patients from around the world seeking answers to serious or complex medical and surgical conditions,’ continues Cassivi. ‘In Minnesota, our team serves people with thoracic surgical concerns such as lung cancer, oesophageal cancer, and other conditions in and around the chest. In London, our team provides excellence and accuracy in screening and diagnostics.’
He is equally enthused by mentors Alec Patterson and Shaf Keshavjee, notable for their ‘technical skill, unimpeachable judgment, and sincere caring’. Touchingly, he also thanks his wife Kathy: ‘I rely constantly on her wisdom and judgment.’