World’s first heart transplant doctor passes away

Renowned heart surgeon Denton Cooley, who performed the world`s first artificial heart transplant in the United States, has passed away at the age of 96 in Houston, Texas. Cooley, who was the founder of Texas Heart Institute, pioneered many techniques still used in cardiovascular surgery.

  • He and his teams also performed more than 118,000 open-heart operations. His wife, Louise Goldsborough Thomas Cooley, died just a few weeks earlier on October 21 at the age of 92.
  • His family shared memories of a man who pioneered heart transplantation.
  • They said that during his life, he spent with every member of his family, be they children, grandchildren or great grandchildren.
  • Denton Arthur Cooley was an American heart surgeon famous for performing the first implantation of a total artificial heart.
  • Cooley was also founder and surgeon in-chief of The Texas Heart Institute, chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at St Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, consultant in Cardiovascular Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital, and a clinical professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston.
  • heart transplant is surgery to remove the diseased heart from a person and replace it with a healthy one from an organ donor. To remove the heart from the donor, two or more healthcare providers must declare the donor brain-dead.