Author Biographical Info

Dr. Denton A. Cooley, the founder of the Texas Heart Institute, attended the University of Texas and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he graduated in 1944. After serving in the Army Medical Corps and studying with Lord Russell Brock in London, he returned to his hometown of Houston, Texas to teach surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in the 1950s. The Texas Heart Institute was founded on August 3, 1962 in order to research and treat cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Among many innovations developed by Cooley and his colleagues at the Institute are the first implantation of an artificial heart, the first successful heart transplant in the United States, advances in treatment of congenital defects, and a number of prostheses and implants. The Institute is part of Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the word. CHI St. Luke’s Health – Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is the Institute’s clinical partner.

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Cardiology, thoracic surgery, vascular fistul, prostheses and implants, prosthesis implantation, coronary vessels, coronary artery disease, pediatrics, polyethylene terephthalates, Heart--Surgery, Coronary arteries, Coronary arteries--Abnormalities, Children--Surgery, Heart--Abnormalities--Surgery, Dacron


Demonstration from 1965 of interruption of fistula and insertion of graft in pediatric patient with single coronary artery wrapping around the heart. Graft is a Dacron tube graft. Film has voice over narration by Don Macon and illustrations by Herb Smith and Robin Hanson. See more at Texas Heart Institute Film Collection and its finding aid.