Main Page | See live article | Alphabetical index

Christian Barnard

Christian Barnard (1922-2001) was a South African physician, who pioneered heart transplants. While his first patient, Louis Washkansky, lived only eighteen days after receiving a new heart, and many of his other patients died shortly after because of their succesptibility to infection, Barnard showed that such operations were possible, and they are today a fairly common procedure.