Senior PA-C at Mayo Clinic
Husband, Father of 2
On-X Aortic & Mitral Valve Recipient
“It’s a humbling experience, and I think it made me a more passionate practitioner. It allows me to relate to the patient in a way I wasn’t able to before.”
A King Pin in His Best Health
Michael Marranca is a senior PA-C at Mayo Clinic where he specializes in CT surgery. He’s also a heart valve surgery patient, and recipient of two On-X mechanical heart valves.
Last December, Michael underwent a double valve replacement at Mayo Clinic with the help of Drs. Lanza and DeValeria. He received two On-X mechanical valves; an aortic valve and a mitral valve.
Michael’s story begins with a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 17. At that time, he received radiation treatment and went into remission. He is now celebrating 39 years cancer-free.
However, over the last few years, Michael said he was starting to the feel the complications of radiation treatment, noticing difficulties related to his thyroid and heart.
“In October (2015) I was getting so out of breath I had an echocardiogram done. I started having more shortness of breath while working and bowling. The doctors at Mayo said I had to have both valves replaced.” On December 2nd, Michael had both his aortic and mitral valves replaced with On-X valves.
Just two months after surgery, he went back to work. “It’s a humbling experience,” he said, “and I think it made a more passionate practitioner. It allows me to relate to the patient in a way I wasn’t able to before. They’ve said to me, ‘You just relaxed me so much, knowing that you have already had the procedure done and can relate to my condition.’”
A Love of Bowling
Michael has been a PA for 28 years and has been working at Mayo Clinic since 2008. Originally from New York, Michael got married in 1994 to Rita and moved to Connecticut, has two sons: Anthony and Joey (who is also becoming a very proficient bowler), followed by his move to Arizona eight years ago. He has been bowling all his life, starting at the age of 6 when his father brought him along to his bowling games.
He joined the Professional Bowlers Association four years ago after committing to bowling with a higher echelon of competition. “I wanted to associate myself with a higher magnitude of competition and professionalism.” Participating in 6-8 tournaments a year, Michael is considered a Regional Pro, participating in tournaments in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and California.
Michael has plans to compete in at least three more competitions this year, including the USBC National Tournament in Reno, NV in July, PBA Fall Classic at Southpoint in Las Vegas, NV in October, and finally, the PBA World Series of Bowling at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV in December. People from all over the world compete in this tournament, and it’s televised each year on ESPN.
NOTE: This story reflects one person’s experience. Talk to your doctor about your situation and possible treatment options.