Forest Dewey Dodrill
|Forest Dewey Dodrill|
January 26, 1902|
Webster Springs, West Virginia
|Died||June 28, 1997
|Institutions||Harper University Hospital, Wayne State University|
|Alma mater||Harvard Medical School|
|Known for||Open heart surgery|
Forest Dewey Dodrill (January 26, 1902 - June 28, 1997) born in Webster Springs, West Virginia was a doctor at Harper University Hospital at Wayne State University in Michigan who performed the first successful open heart surgery using a mechanical pump.
After receiving a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in 1925, he attended Harvard Medical School, graduating in 1930. Dodrill was an intern and resident at Harper Hospital in Detroit where he became a staff surgeon. He did a thoracic surgical residency at the the University of Michigan in the early 1940s, receiving a M.Ch. degree from in 1942. 
On July 3, 1952 Dodrill completed the first successful open heart surgery on the left ventricle of Henry Opitek. He used a machine developed by himself and researchers at General Motors, the Dodrill-GMR, considered to be the first operational mechanical heart used while performing open heart surgery.
- Stephenson, Larry W; Arbulu Agustin, Bassett Joseph S, Silbergleit Allen, Hughes Calvin H (2002). "Forest Dewey Dodrill: heart surgery pioneer. Michigan Heart, Part II". Journal of cardiac surgery 17 (3): 247–57; discussion 258–9. doi:10.1111/j.1540-8191.2002.tb01210.x. PMID 12489912.
- Stephenson, Larry. "THE MICHIGAN HEART". Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- American Heart Association. The Mechanical Heart celebrates 50 lifesaving years. 22 10 2002. 9 Feb 2008 americanheart.org[dead link]
- Wayne State University | School of Medicine
- Stephenson, Larry W; Arbulu Agustin, Bassett Joseph S, Silbergleit Allen, Hughes Calvin H (2002). "The Michigan Heart: the world's first successful open heart operation? Part I". Journal of Cardiac Surgery 17 (3): 238–46; discussion 258–9. doi:10.1111/j.1540-8191.2002.tb01209.x. PMID 12489911.
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