Norman Shumway

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Birthday
9, 1923
Birthplace
Michigan
Death Date
Feb 10, 2006 (83)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
9, 1923
Birthplace
Michigan
Death Date
Feb 10, 2006 (83)

About

Pioneer of heart transplant surgery who refined a procedure to stop the body from rejecting the transplant.

Before Fame

After being drafted into the army, he studied engineering, though later switched to medicine at Vanderbilt University.

Trivia

His first successful heart transplant, performed in Stanford on a South African surgeon, became the world's first successful transplant and opened many possibilities for future doctors.

Family Life

One of his children with his former wife, Mary Lou Stuurmans, went on to direct heart and lung transplantations at the University of Minnesota.

Associated With

The South African Christiaan Barnard made the first heart transplant ever performed in 1953.