Hektoen International

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Tag: Clarence Walton Lillehei

  • C. Walton Lillehei, father of open-heart surgery

    Dr. Clarence Walton Lillehei (1918–1999) was born in Minneapolis, received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1942, and spent his entire career on the staff of the University of Minnesota Medical School. In the early 1950s he began to experiment with cross-circulation, a technique in which the blood vessels of a patient…