Duke Surgery Milestones
Blazing Trails in Medicine for More Than Seven Decades
J. Deryl Hart and surgical team in protective clothing operating on a patient under the Sterilamp in 1937 (DUMC Archives)
J. Deryl Hart, MD, introduces ultraviolet lamps into operating rooms to kill airborne germs that cause postoperative Staph infections, dramatically reducing the number of infections and related deaths.
Duke establishes nation's first brain tumor program.
Duke initiates children's amputation clinic for prostheses and management as part of nationwide network.
Duke becomes the first institution to use systemic hypothermia during cardiac surgery. This technique of cooling patients to less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit to minimize tissue damage during lengthy surgical procedures is now standard practice worldwide.
Open heart surgery, Dr. Will Camp Sealy operating, circa 1956 (DUMC Archives)
Duke is one of the first institutions in the country to successfully perform a kidney transplant.
Duke cardiac surgeon performs first operation to treat Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome.
Duke orthopaedic surgeon performs first total hip replacement in the South.
Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center becomes one of the nation's first cancer centers.
Duke surgeons are the first to reattach a severed thumb more than eight hours after it was amputated.
Duke surgeons are the first to treat avascular necrosis (AVN) of the femoral head with free vascularized fibular graft.
Duke conducts first and only randomized trial comparing radical surgery to radiation for adenocarcinoma of the prostate gland.
Duke surgeons perform first liver transplant in the state of North Carolina.
Duke physicians perform the first lung transplant and the first heart/lung transplant in hospital history.
The anti-HIV drug therapy (Fuzeon) is developed by Trimeris as a direct result of research conducted in the Duke Surgical Oncology Labs.
Duke Endosurgery Center opens.
Duke Surgical Research Pavilion opens.
Duke Human Fresh Tissue Laboratory opens in 1997
Duke Human Fresh Tissue Lab opens.
Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center opens.
Duke Aesthetic Center opens.
American College of Surgeons establishes oncology group at Duke.
Duke Neurosurgery Skull Base Laboratory teaching facility opens.
Duke Urology surgeons perform first robotic prostatectomy in the state of North Carolina.
Duke Center for Translational Research is established.
Duke Surgical Education and Activity Lab (SEAL) opens in 2005
Duke Anatomic Gifts Program is overseen by Division of Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Oral Surgery.
Duke Surgical Education and Activity Lab opens.
Duke Thoracic Surgery and Duke Urology specialty clinics open in Raleigh, NC.
Duke Weight Loss Surgery Center is designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery.
Duke Otolaryngology - Head and Neck specialty clinic opens in Raleigh, NC.
Duke's Surgical Education and Activities Lab receives accreditation by the American College of Surgeons as Comprehensive Education Institute.
Duke General Surgery specialty clinic opens in Raleigh, NC.
Duke Small Bowel Transplant Program established.
Duke Neurosurgery specialty clinic opens in Raleigh, NC.
Surgical Education and Activities Lab receives first in state robotic trainer.
Duke's first hand transplant was performed on May 27, 2016 (Credit: Shawn Rocco)
Duke surgeons begin first ever clinical trial with bioengineered blood vessel.
Duke Heart Transplant team performs the 1000th heart transplant at Duke.
Duke pediatric surgeons separate conjoined twins.
Duke surgeons perform the first hand transplant in North Carolina.