May 22, 2018

Artificial heart developer DeVries set for Medical Innovators Lecture tomorrow

William DeVries MD, will deliver the first Medical Innovators Development Program Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, May 23. The lecture is in Room 202 Light Hall at 4 p.m.

DeVries is a cardiothoracic surgeon and a pioneer in medicine. He is best known for his work to develop, test and ultimately implant the world's first total artificial heart in a human in 1982 at the University of Utah Medical Center. DeVries' groundbreaking work testing total artificial heart implantation led to numerous improvements in the care for individuals with advanced congestive heart disease.

DeVries is also a well-regarded educator who wound down his professional career on the academic faculty at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., where he taught surgical residents and students.