Francisco Romero (surgeon)
Francisco Romero was a Spanish physician who became the first heart surgeon by performing an open pericardiostomy to treat a pericardial effusion in 1801. Romero is credited with the first attempted cardiac surgery. He was the first doctor to cut into the pericardium, the lining of the heart.
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