Photo above: A Duke University Hospital surgical team implants an artificial heart in a 39-year-old patient.
Duke is now the first medical center in the United States to implant a new generation of an artificial heart in a patient.
On July 12, 2021, a surgical team at Duke University Hospital, led by Assistant Professor of Surgery Jacob Schroder, MD, and Professor of Surgery Carmelo Milano, MD, implanted the artificial heart in a 39-year-old man with heart failure. The procedure demonstrated that the device can act as a successful bridge to transplant before patients receive a full heart transplant.
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