Heart Surgery in History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1893-07-09 Daniel Williams performs 1st successful open heart surgery without anesthesia

Heart surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • 1944-11-29 John Hopkins hospital performs 1st open heart surgery
  • 1952-09-02 Dr Floyd J Lewis 1st uses deep freeze technique in heart surgery

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1983-06-21 Tennis ace Arthur Ashe undergoes double bypass heart surgery

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

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1992-06-02 Former NFL NY Giant Coach Bill Parcells undergoes open heart surgery

NFL Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching Legend
Bill Parcells
  • 1994-04-04 Tony Curtis undergoes heart-bypass surgery

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1858-01-18 Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon who performed the 1st open heart surgery, born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1931)

Heart surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • 1920-08-22 Denton Cooley, heart surgeon (1st artifical heart transplant), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931-08-04 Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon who performed the 1st open heart surgery, dies at 73

Heart surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • 1963-09-06 Margarita Sierra, actress (Surfside 6), dies after heart surgery at 26
  • 1979-11-17 John Glassock, bass (Jethro Tull), dies at 27 following heart surgery
  • 1984-05-22 John Marley, actor (Cat Ballou), dies at 77 following heart surgery
  • 1992-06-30 Jim Alaimo, vocalist, dies after heart surgery at 53
  • 2001-09-02 Christiaan Barnard, South African heart surgeon (b. 1922)
  • 2004-12-26 Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African pediatric heart surgeon (b. 1959)
  • 2005-03-27 Wilfred Bigelow, Canadian heart surgeon (b. 1913)
  • 2006-03-08 Brian Barratt-Boyes, New Zealand heart surgeon (b. 1924)

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2012-08-25 Neil Armstrong, American astronaut, dies from heart surgery complications at 82

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong
  • 2012-12-10 Iajuddin Ahmed, Bangladeshi President, dies from heart surgery complications at 81
  • 2013-01-19 Milt Bolling, American MLB shortstop, dies from complications from heart surgery at 82
  • 2013-03-28 Richard Griffiths, British actor, dies from complications from heart surgery at 65
  • 2016-11-18 Denton Cooley, American heart surgeon (1st artifical heart transplant), dies at 96