Landmark Heart-Lung Transplantation Article Celebrated in Annals of Thoracic Surgery

For immediate release: November 04, 2015

Dr Bartley GriffithThe pioneering heart-lung transplantation work of Bartley P. Griffith, MD, was celebrated in the October 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, in a commentary marking the journal’s 50th anniversary.

Dr. Griffith, now the Thomas E. and Alice Marie Hales Distinguished Professor in Transplant Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a cardiothoracic surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center, led a team at the University of Pittsburgh in the 1980s working to prolong the lives of severely disabled patients who required both a heart and lung transplant. The field of combined heart-lung transplantation was very young, with the first successful heart-lung transplant reported in 1981 at Stanford University.

Dr. Griffith and the Pittsburgh team presented a paper at The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 1986 annual meeting detailing their experience with 33 heart-lung transplants. The paper listed a number of obstacles to post-transplant survival and predicted a favorable overall outlook if “dedicated efforts are applied to all aspects of preoperative and postoperative care.” Most of the obstacles have been eliminated or reduced in the years since the paper was published.

The Griffith paper is among a group of articles from The Annals archives that a special Society of Thoracic Surgeons task force has deemed "landmark." 

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