The news came from Houston today that pioneering heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley had died at the age of 96. Dr. Cooley was the first surgeon to place a fully mechanical heart into a human patient. His Texas Heart Institute was one of the most important cardiac facilities in the world. Dr. Cooley continue performing surgery until the age of 87, and was active at the Institute as president emeritus up to the time of his death.
Earlier this year, Dr. G went to the Institute to observe procedures there, and she had a chance to visit with Dr. Cooley.