Note: The definitions of ?first? and ?successful? can be contentious in any branch of history.The history of medicine is no exception. The dates and events listed below have at least some legitimate consensus behind them.
1893 First documented successful pericardium repair (Daniel Hale Williams)
1896 First successful heart operation (Ludwig Rehn).
1924 First successful pulmonary embolectomy (Martin Kirshner).
1937 Congenital heart surgery ?begins? with ductus ligation procedure (John Streider).
1938 First ductus ligation leading to full recovery (Robert Gross).
1945 Blalock-Taussig operation for ?blue baby syndrome? (Alfred Blalock/Helen Taussig).
1946 First anomalous coronary artery repair (Gunnar Biorck/Clarence Crafoord).
1947 First successful pulmonary valvotomy (Thomas Holmes Sellers).
1948 First successful mitral commissurotomy (Charles Bailey).
1952 First successful right-sided heart bypass (Forest Dodrill).
1953 First complete atrioventricular canal using cross-circulation (C. Walton Lillehei).
1954 First Tetralogy of Fallot repair using cardiopulmonary bypass (John Kirklin).
1962 First pulmonary embolectomy using cardiopulmonary bypass (Edward Sharp).
1968 First successful cardiac arrhythmia surgery (Will C. Sealy).
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Compiled from the following source:
?History of Cardiac Surgery,? Larry W. Stephenson, in Lawrence H. Cohn, (ed) <[lb]>?Cardiac Surgery in the Adult.?