World Famous Houston Heart Surgeon Denton Cooley Has Died

¬†Dr. Cooley performed¬†some of the earliest heart transplants and implanted the world’s first artificial heart.

Dr. Denton Cooley
Dr. Denton Cooley

Linden Emerson, a spokeswoman for the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, says Cooley died on Friday at 96.

In 1969, Cooley implanted the world’s first artificial heart as a temporary measure while a heart transplant was arranged. A year earlier, he had performed the first successful human heart transplant in the U.S.

Cooley, spoke with Houston Public Media a few years ago after writing his memoir. He shared his vision of what being a surgeon meant back when he was developing his career:

He also talked about the kind of personality that a pioneer surgeon should have:


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