Arthur Vineberg

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Arthur Vineberg
Born (1903-05-24)May 24, 1903
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died March 26, 1988(1988-03-26) (aged 84)
Nationality Canadian
Fields cardiac surgeon
Alma mater McGill University

Arthur Martin Vineberg, OC (May 24, 1903 – March 26, 1988) was a Canadian cardiac surgeon, university lecturer and author. He was "famous for his experimental and clinical studies in revascularization of the heart".[1]

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, he received a degree in biochemistry and experimental physiology at McGill University. He was a heart surgeon at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital and a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University.[2]

He is known for having developed a surgical procedure called the "Vineberg Procedure" which involved implanting the left mammary artery into the left ventricle of the heart. He first did this procedure in 1946 on an experimental basis and at the Royal Victoria Hospital in 1950.[2]

He published two books, How to Live with your Heart; the Family Guide to Heart Health (1975) and Myocardial Revascularization by Arterial/Ventricular Implants (1982).[2] He was working on his third book, The Complete Guide to Heart Health, before his death.[3]

In 1986, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour.


  1. ^ Order of Canada citation
  2. ^ a b c "Arthur Vineberg Fonds". Osler Library Archives. 
  3. ^ "Arthur Vineberg Surgeon pioneered procedure". The Globe and Mail. 1988-03-28. 
  • Thomas, J L (1999). "The Vineberg legacy: internal mammary artery implantation from inception to obsolescence". Texas Heart Institute journal / from the Texas Heart Institute of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital. 26 (2). pp. 107–13. PMC 101034free to read. PMID 10830639. 
  • Shrager, J B (1994). "The Vineberg procedure: the immediate forerunner of coronary artery bypass grafting". Ann. Thorac. Surg. 57 (5) (published May 1994). pp. 1354–64. PMID 7910011. 
  • Dobell, A R (1992). "Arthur Vineberg and the internal mammary artery implantation procedure". Ann. Thorac. Surg. 53 (1) (published Jan 1992). pp. 167–9. PMID 1345805.