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Pioneers of the Medical Device Industry in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Dr. C. Walton Lillehei
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: C. Walton Lillehei was born and educated in Minnesota. In the early 1950s he performed the first successful open-heart surgery. He developed new procedures and ideas for medical devices like pacemakers and heart valves to improve heart function. He served as a researcher and professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He was the Medical Director of St. Jude Medical's Heart Valve Division. He died in 1999. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Work on babies and children with heart defects: hypothermia; controlled cross-circulation; heart-lung machines; Richard DeWall, inventor of the bubble oxygenator; open-heart surgery in Rochester and at the U of M; membrane oxygenator. Work on adults: valvular lesions; anuloplastry; replacing valves. Artificial valves: ball valve and problems with it; Lillehei-Nakib valve; Lillehei-Kaster valve; pulse duplicator; pyrolytic carbon; St. Jude valve; Omniscience valve. Manuel Villafaña and St. Jude Medical. Tissue replacement valves.
2 hours sound cassette
28 pages transcript
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01:16:56 running time
Interviewee: Lillehei, C. Walton
Interviewer: Rhees, David J. Ph.D.
Made in: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 87 (Library Call Number)
AV2001.104.9 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Pioneers of the Medical Device Industry in Minnesota Oral History Project'