December 2, 2014


In her upcoming book, Mimi Swartz, an executive editor of Texas Monthly, traces the history of the artificial heart. The first total artificial heart was implanted in 1969 at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, and much of this tale of ambition and innovation focuses on the work of surgeons living and working in the city today. Dario Robleto and Swartz have been in dialogue since the early stages of their respective projects and invite the public to join them in a layered conversation about the past, present, and future of this technology.

The program will also feature Drs. Bud Frazier and Billy Cohn from the Texas Heart Institute. Dr. Frazier has been working on making an artificial heart since the 1960s. In 2011, he and his colleague Dr. Cohn implanted the first of a new kind of artificial heart: one without a pulse.

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