Bruce Reitz

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Bruce A. Reitz
OccupationCardiothoracic surgeon
Known forFirst heart-lung transplantation (1981)

Bruce A. Reitz is an American cardiothoracic surgeon, best known for leading the first combined heart-lung transplantation in 1981 with pioneer heart transplant surgeon Norman Shumway. He obtained an undergraduate degree at Stanford University (B.S. 1966) a medical degree at Yale Medical School (M.D. 1970) and completed an internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital (1971) and residencies and fellowships at Stanford University Hospital (1972 and 1978) the National Institutes of Health (1974). He joined the surgical faculty at Stanford University (1978) then became chief of cardiac surgery at Johns Hopkins University (1982–92) and Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford (1992–2005). In 1995 he conducted another pioneering operation: the first Heartport procedure, using a device that allows minimally invasive coronary bypass and valve operations. Reitz also played a major role in the resident education program at Stanford, which he reorganized and maintained.[1][2][3][4]

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  1. ^ "5 Questions: Bruce Reitz recalls first successful heart-lung transplant". News Center. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  2. ^ Oransky, Ivan (2006-03-18). "Norman Shumway". The Lancet. 367 (9514): 896. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(06)68370-0. ISSN 0140-6736. PMID 16575948.
  3. ^ Shumacker, Harris B. (1992). The Evolution of Cardiac Surgery. Indiana University Press. ISBN 9780253352217.
  4. ^ Albert, Richard K.; Spiro, Stephen G.; Jett, James R. (2008). Clinical Respiratory Medicine. Elsevier Health Sciences. ISBN 9780323048255.

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