Monday, October 01, 2012

OHSU's first heart transplant - press conference video

Some colleagues in OHSU Strategic Communications just brought to my attention a YouTube video of a press conference held the night after OHSU's first heart transplant operation.

The video includes comments from former OHSU President Leonard Laster, M.D., and discussion with Al Starr, M.D., who led the surgery. There is also some brief footage of the surgical team at work. The surgery took place on December 4, 1985. The patient was Wesley Merrill, a 44-year-old construction worker.

The OHSUvideo YouTube channel is a great source for footage of historic moments at OHSU. Copies of this video are also held in Historical Collections & Archives, as part of the University News & Publications Video Collection.

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