Pioneer Editorials

An exploration of the history of developments and applications in the field of artificial organs and transplantation.

Pioneer interview: Lyle D. Joyce, MD, PhD

Jason J. Han Lyle D. Joyce, MD, PhD is an adult cardiac surgeon who helped pioneer the artificial heart technology throughout his career. In 1982, he and Dr. William DeVries implanted Jarvik- 7 total artificial heart (TAH) in a patient named Barney Clark, which was...

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Originally published in Volume 43 Issue 6 of Artificial Organs, 23 April 2019 I graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1966. During my student years, I had little academic exposure to the developing field of artificial organs. I was not even sure what...

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The End of the Beginning

Originally published in Volume 37 Issue 4 of Artificial Organs, 05 April 2013 The first hemodialysis was done by Pim Kolff on March 15, 1943 in the hospital in Kampen, Holland, and I believe the first in the USA was done at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston,...

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A Bumpy Road to Maintenance Hemodialysis

Originally published in Volume 36 Issue 10 of Artificial Organs, 04 October 2012 After completing my internship, I got my first position as a scientific assistant at the medical clinic of the University of Munich in April 1960. Because there were many more candidates...

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