CTSNet is proud to announce that the interview series Pioneers in Cardiac Surgery, has been restored and will be reposted in the coming weeks on CTSNet.org. The interview series, envisioned and created by W. Gerald Rainer, Ted Sadler, Marvin Pomerantz and Bruce Paton, was designed to preserve the early history of the specialty through informal interviews with pioneering cardiac surgeons. Now, 41 years after the interview series began, the audio interviews have been restored into an accessible video format.
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Videos - Pioneers
May 5, 1974
W. Gerald Rainer interviews Clarence Dennis on May 5, 1974. This is the fifth interview in the Pioneers of Cardiac Surgery series. Dr. Dennis discusses his role in the development of heart-lung bypass.
April 26, 1974
Theodore R. Sadler interviews Clarence Crafoord on April 26, 1974. This is the fourth interview in the Pioneers of Cardiac Surgery series. Dr. Crafoord discusses his career and the early days of cardiovascular surgery.
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.