Author Biographical Info

Dr. Denton A. Cooley, the founder of the Texas Heart Institute, 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.


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Photograph collections, Denton A. Cooley (1920-2016), Michael E. (Michael Ellis) DeBakey (1908-2008), film (material by form) » 16mm (photographic film size), audiovisual materials


The Texas Heart Institute Film Collection contains 277 reels of 16mm film and 86 videotapes. It consists of final distributed films as well as work prints, camera original footage, and other production elements. Video tapes of film transfers can also be found in the collection The majority of films were produced within the Texas Medical Center. This collection contains films related to heart surgery at the Texas Medical Center, primarily during the 1960s and 1970s. Films are typically instructional with brief surgical and case histories at the beginning. The films follow the surgery step-by-step with voice over narration and diagrams inserted to illustrate the process and techniques used. There is a brief follow-up at the end, sometimes including statistical information on patient outcomes for similar surgeries. Sixty-eight films have been digitized and are available for research access. See more at IC 043.


Texas Heart Institute donated their film library to the Texas Medical Center Library in 1987. Texas Heart Institute transferred all rights of the films they produced to the Texas Medical Center Library. Digitization of 68 reels performed by Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI),, 2016.



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