James E. Tatooles was born in Chicago in 1933 during the waning days of the depression. Together with his brother, “Dino”, Jim was raised in a diverse ethnic neighborhood on the North side of Chicago.
He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, served a two year stint in the Army Corp of Engineers in Germany, and earned an MBA in the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. After fifty years of building housing developments, commercial and industrial buildings throughout Chicago, Jim moved to Florida with Didi, his wife and backbone.
Uncle Pete sparked Jim’s interest in writing at an early age, watching him scribble stories in a wide lined spiral notebook. Jim enjoys being a story teller and family history chronicler. But most of all, Jim is happiest when in the midst of his family and friends including his three children and six grandchildren.
Heartbeats is the light-hearted memoirs of one of the pioneers in modern cardiac surgery, Constantine "Dino" Tatooles, M.D. Dino's stories, as told to his brother James E. Tatooles, will quite literally "warm your heart" as well as provide a background to the advances in cardiac surgery made over the past fifty years.
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Constantine “Dino” Tatooles, M.D., the second son of John and Angela Tatooles, was born in Chicago, three years after his brother Jim, in May of 1936. Dino started his career at Budlong Grammar School, graduating as President of his class. At St. George High School in Evanston, he prepared for a medical career. Dino finished four years of pre-med studies at Albion College, Michigan, in three years. Dino attended the Strich School of Medicine at Loyola University of Chicago, where he received a Master’s degree in Physiology along with his M.D. diploma, being the second person in the school history to receive two degrees at graduation.
His internship was at the University of Chicago. While there he was awarded the coveted Coller Clinical Tour scholarship. He then left U of C to train at the National Institute of Health’s National Heart Institute, one of only five entrants accepted from a National Competition. After two years he was back at the U of C, specializing in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. Next came a one year tour as a registrar in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the prestigious Hospital for Sick Children on Great Ormond Street in London, England.
Dino returned to join the surgical staff at the Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Illinois, where he performed the very first open heart procedure in the newly completed facility. He was later appointed the Chief of Surgery at the renowned Cook County Hospital of Chicago. During his 10 years there he also taught at the University of Illinois Medical School and Hospital where he became their youngest full professor. Dino continued to be on the staff and lecture at Illinois, after he left Cook County to start a private practice at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois; he remained there for the next twenty five years.
Interspersed with the private practice, Dino traveled extensively. As a member of the International College of Surgeons, Dino operated or lectured on Pediatric Surgery in Bergamo, Italy; London, England; Athens, Greece; Bordeaux, France, and the Monti Carlo Vascular Institute. Throughout the course of his career he was a presenter or speaker at many meetings throughout the states as well. Coupled with the above, he has received countless awards and recognition for his work and research.
Dino has been blessed with a wonderful supporting family; Betty, his wife of over fifty years, four children and ten great grandkids.
Constantine J. "Dino" Tatooles, MD