MIAMI (CBS4) – For parents, having a child who needs surgery can be terrifying, especially when you don’t know what that surgery entails.

Miami Children’s Hospital heart surgeon Dr. Redmond Burke is doing something about that.

The pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon posts many of his complex surgeries on YouTube. He doesn’t only act as the surgeon but as videographer, editor, graphic artist and narrator.

After the surgery he goes home, puts a video together with a step by step explanation, and posts it on the video sharing site.  Dr. Burke has posted 45 different heart surgeries for babies are online so far.

Dr. Burke’s been at Miami Children’s Hospital for 17 years, but attributes his tech savvy-ness to his upbringing. He grew up in the Silicon Valley, Cupertino to be exact, home of Apple Computers.

“Really where Apple headquarters is, is in the orchards where I would pick apricots out of and eat them out of the trees,” said Dr. Burke.

He spends hours for each ten minute video edited down from hours of surgery, all on his own time and own dime.

The videos gave Danielle Ley and her husband Kewsi Baptiste piece of mind before their baby melody had the same surgery.

“Because of him dong that on the side,” said Ley. “He helped me and my family

Dr. Burke’s videos have been viewed in 172 countries.

“Surnam, Gibralter, that’s great. That’s why YouTube was the right place to do this,” said Dr. Burke. “I can reach people from around the world. Teach them, reassure them, and show them something they’ve never seen.”

Comments (4)
  1. Redmond Burke MD says:

    Thanks Cynthia, you did a great job with this story. Sincerely, Redmond Burke MD

  2. Jon C. says:

    I have been fortunate enough to spend many days following Dr. Burke around for a medical television show. In doing so, I witnessed first-hand, many parents like Danielle and Kewsi, receive the most professional and caring attention from a doctor than I had ever seen before. I remember thinking to myself that I wished he was my doctor for all ailments! Not only is he a fantastic surgeon, but possibly one of the most down-to-earth human beings you will find. I tell my friends that he’s rock star, without any pompous attitude… By the way, he was pushing technology to the limits back then (about 5 years ago), and my team was very impressed with his knowledge and approach to forwarding the advancement in surgical procedures worldwide, so that as many surgeons possible can learn the latest life-saving techniques. A true visionary…

  3. Kayla grant says:

    I couldn’t help but to cry! This man is so wonderful in so many ways he operated on my son at five days old and he is now two months. I owe him so much because if it wasn’t for him my son wouldn’t be here at home with me and our family. My son has to go back in two months for his second of three surgerys that dr Burke will be performing.