Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: cardiovascular surgery

  • Dr. Robert E. Gross and first operations in cardiovascular surgery

    Philip R. LiebsonChicago, Illinois, United States There is a myth that Dr. Robert E. Gross (1905-1988), a Harvard surgeon, performed the first cardiovascular surgery. There is no question that he performed the first successful major operation on the great vessels near the heart in which the patient survived, the ligation of a patent ductus arteriosus…

  • Christiaan Barnard and the first heart transplant

    Philip R. LiebsonChicago, Illinois, United States In 1968 while I was a cardiology fellow at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, there was a buzz of excitement—Christiaan Barnard was coming to talk about his heart transplants! Our chief cardiovascular surgeon at the time was C. Walton Lillehei, no slouch of a surgeon himself, who had…