Christiaan Barnardpioneering heart surgeon
Birthplace: Beaufort West, South Africa
South African heart surgeon who made medical history on Dec. 3, 1967, when he performed the first human-to-human heart transplant. Barnard also designed artificial heart valves and developed advanced surgical procedures for organ transplants. He was a vociferous antiapartheid activist who created a frenzy in 1968 when he transplanted the heart of a mixed-race man into a white dentist.Died: Paphos, Cyprus, 9/2/2001
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