Cardiac Surgery Facts and History

Cardiac Surgery at Emory – A Tradition of Excellence

Emory has been the home of Georgia's foremost cardiac surgery center for decades. The Cardiac Surgery Service is continually pushing the boundaries of what is possible, pioneering and perfecting new and innovative treatments and procedures for cardiac conditions, including a long list of “firsts”:

♥ 1962: Georgia’s first "blue baby" open-heart procedure

♥ 1963 and 1964: Georgia’s first single, double and triple aortic valve replacements

♥ 1970: Georgia’s first successful coronary artery bypass surgery

♥ 1985: Georgia’s first adult heart transplantation (Emory's 500th adult heart transplant was performed in March 2008)

♥ 1989: The first application in Georgia of the Abiomed® biventricular assist system to support the failing heart of a patient suffering from post-cardiotomy shock by Robert Guyton, MD, and Omar Lattouf, MD

♥ 1996: Georgia’s first minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass surgery

♥ 1997: The world's triple off-pump bypass surgery using minimally invasive coronary artery bypass graft (Mini-CABG) instrumentation by John Puskas, MD

♥ 1999: Georgia’s first implantation of the dual-pump Thoratec ventricular assist device (VAD) as a bridge to transplant by J. David Vega, MD

♥ 2001: The world's first totally endoscopic left ventricular resynchronization by Dr. Lattouf

♥ 2003: Georgia’s first closed-chest, off-pump cardiac bypass surgery

♥ 2006: The first implantation in Georgia of a VAD as permanent therapy for heart failure rather than as a bridge to transplantation by Dr. Vega and his surgical team

♥ 2007: The first implantation in Georgia of a smaller and lighter VAD as permanent therapy for heart failure by Dr. Vega and his surgical team