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Cardiothoracic Surgery Pioneers

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Denton Cooley, founder of the Texas Heart Institute, was the first US surgeon to perform a heart transplant and implant an artificial heart. He discusses his incredible career with Mohamad Bashir in... More
June 22, 1973
W. Gerald Rainer interviews Wilfred Bigelow on June 22, 1973. This is the third interview in the Pioneers of Cardiac Surgery series. Dr. Bigelow reflects on how his study of frostbite as a resident influenced his later experimentation on the effects of hypothermia on the body, and its clinical applications in open heart surgery.
April 12, 1973
W. Gerald Rainer interviews Dwight Emary Harken on April 12, 1973. This is the second interview in the Pioneers of Cardiac Surgery series. Dr. Harken shares the interesting story of how treating World War Two soldiers with shrapnel embedded in their chests helped to develop some of the earliest techniques in cardiac surgery.
March 4, 1973
W. Gerald Rainer interviews Henry Swan on March 4, 1973. This is the first interview in the Pioneers of Cardiac Surgery series. Dr. Swan discusses his career and the early days of cardiac surgery.

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