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Cardiac Valve Replacement Using An Improved Prosthesis

Demonstration circa 1966 of replacement of cardiac valves using the SCDK-Cutter double caged valve prosthesis. Surgeries use disposable bubble oxygenators and replace mitral or aortic valves. Statistics on surgeries for 250 patients are provided. The film has voice over narration by Don Macon and illustrations by Herb Smith, Kathleen Norris, and Robin Hanson.

Surgical Treatment of Atrial Septal Defects

  • Discussion and demonstration from 1963 of surgical treatments for atrial septal defects. For a pediatric patient, sutures are used
  • for one adult and one child, Dacron patch grafts are implanted. Both surgeries use pump oxygenators. The film has voice over narration by Don Macon and illustrations by Barbara Tuttle.

Cardiovascular Surgery in the First Year of Life

Demonstration dated 07/07/1979 of palliative surgery in infants with congenital heart disease. Because full surgical correction with cardiopulmonary bypass is too risky for infants, palliative surgery is performed. Conditions and treatments discussed include tricupid artresia potts anastomosis, transposition of the great vessels and creation of atrial septal defect, patent ductus arteriosis suture ligation, coarctation resection and anastomosis, congenital aortic vacsular ring division of couble aortic arch, ventricular septal defect pulmonary artery banding, and aortic stenosis valvotomy with modified caval occlusion. Statistics on patients and outcomes are included. Film has voice over narration by Don Macon.

Denton A. Cooley, MD papers

  • MS 043
  • Collection
  • 1944-2016

The Denton A. Cooley, MD papers consists of the personal and professional correspondence, administrative records, patient information, publications, artifacts, scrapbooks, photographs and ephemera of Denton Cooley, MD. Dr. Cooley was born August 22, 1920 and died November 18, 2016. He was known as an American heart and cardio-thoracic surgeon famous for performing the first implantation of a total artificial heart.

The collection is unprocessed, although a box level inventory created by Dr. Cooley’s staff is available. The bulk of the material is in good shape. Some newspaper clippings are degrading due to acidic newsprint. The collection consists of 184.5 cubic feet or about 185 boxes.

Subjects: Cardiology, Surgery

Cooley, Denton A., 1920-2016

Prosthesis for Aortic Valve Replacement

Demonstration from 1968 of Cooley-Liotta-Cromie prosthesis for aortic valve and surgical replacement of the aortic valve with the prosthesis. Prosthesis is a titanium ball in Dacron velour covered prosthesis for aortic valve replacement. The film has voice over narration by Don Macon and illustrations.

Staged Cardiac Replacement

Demonstration from 4/7/1969 of cardiac replacement in two stages. First, after a failed attempt at surgical repair of the heart, a Liotta-Cooley artificial heart, Dacron tubes, and a Wada-Cutter hingeless valve prosthesis are implanted as a palliative measure. A donated heart is transplanted in a later surgery. A disposable bubble oxygenator is used. Film has voice over narration by Don Macon and illustrations.

Houston Hearts BBC Documentary

Documentary from 1968 discussing Denton A. Cooley's work, including surgical techniques, operating room atmosphere, and heart transplantation. Cooley and patients are interviewed, including footage of Cooley's family and band, The Heart Beats.

Texas Medical Center (TMC) Photograph Collection

  • IC 104
  • Collection
  • 1938-1982

The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Photograph Collection contains photographic materials that document the growth and development of the TMC from the 1930s to 1980s. The collection consists of 2525 items and includes photographic prints, aerial photographs, negatives, transparencies and printed materials. The materials depict the institutions of the TMC, their staff, facilities, services, and patient care. Images show buildings and their construction as well as some photographic copies of architectural renderings. Aerial photographs from the 1940s to 1980s show the TMC grow from marshland to an urban center. The collection provides images of the leaders and historical figures that shaped the TMC from concept to reality. The collection totals 7 boxes, equaling 3.5 cubic feet. The materials are in good condition.

Texas Medical Center

Texas Heart Institute Film Collection

  • IC 043
  • Collection
  • 1953-1993

The Texas Heart Institute Film Collection contains 277 reels of 16mm film and 86 videotapes. It consists of final distributed films as well as work prints, camera original footage, and other production elements. Video tapes of film transfers can also be found in the collection The majority of films were produced within the Texas Medical Center. This collection contains films related to heart surgery at the Texas Medical Center, primarily during the 1960s and 1970s. Films are typically instructional with brief surgical and case histories at the beginning. The films follow the surgery step-by-step with voice over narration and diagrams inserted to illustrate the process and techniques used. There is a brief follow-up at the end, sometimes including statistical information on patient outcomes for similar surgeries. Sixty-eight films have been digitized and are available for research access.

The collection documents surgeries performed by Dr. Denton Arthur Cooley and his associates in the Texas Medical Center. The collection ranges from the years 1956 to 1993 and consists of 38 cubic feet (277 film reels). It consists of 16mm composite film prints (prints with both image and soundtrack printed onto the film), 16mm optical soundtrack negatives, and 16mm and 8mm magnetic soundtracks, or magnetic tracks. All of the film prints and optical soundtracks are acetate or polyester stock. The composite prints are available in the English, French, German, and Spanish languages. Dr. Denton A. Cooley (1920-2016 ) was a pioneer in the field of heart surgery. Cooley founded the Texas Heart Institute in 1962. Cooley performed the first successful human heart transplant in 1968 and implanted the first artificial heart in man in 1969. His mentor and later colleague was Dr. Michael DeBakey (1908-2008), the cardiac surgeon who revolutionized the surgical treatment of aneurysms and performed the first successful coronary bypass in 1964. The collection occupies 38 cubic feet contains 277 film cans and boxes, some of which contain multiple reels.

Subjects: Texas Heart Institute, Denton Cooley, Heart Surgery

Texas Heart Institute

Greffe du Coeur Humain

Demonstration dated 04/17/1969 of transplantation of the human heart. A plastic bubble oxygenator is used. Film has voice over narration by Lucien Stervinou and illustrations by Barry Baker.

Comprehensive Surgical Management of Tetralogy of Fallot

Demonstration circa 1974 of surgical management of tetralogy of fallot in multiple pediatric patients. Palliative surgeries as well as later, total correction are demonstrated. A disposable bubble oxygenator is used. Film has voice over narration by Don Macon and illustrations by Barry Baker, Robin Hanson, Paulette Wells, and Herb Smith.

Two Stage Surgical Treatment of Transposition of Great Vessels

Demonstration circa 1966 through multiple surgeries of treatment for children born with aorta and pulmonary artery transposed. Using techniques developed by Blalock and Hamlin, palliative surgery is done in infancy with full correction done when the patient is older using the Mustard procedure. A pump oxygenator is used in the later surgery. Film has voice over by Don Macon and illustrations by Barry Baker, Herb Smith, and Paulette Wells.

Aneurysm of Ascending Aorta and Arch With Aortic Regurgitation: Prosthetic Replacement of the Aortic Valve and Aortic Arch

Demonstration circa 1966 of surgical replacement of aortic valve and aortic arch. A Dacron patch and Smeloff-Cutter valve prosthesis are implanted and a disposable bubble oxygenator is used. The film also summarizes surgical techniques, prostheses, and patient outcomes for similar surgeries. Film has voice over narration by Don Macon and illustrations by Herb Smith, Kathleen Norris, and Robin Hanson.

Mitral Valve Replacement In Childhood

Demonstration circa 1968 of insertion of prosthesis to replace mitral valve in seven year old patient. A disposable bubble oxygenator is used. Statistics are included on the hospital's treatment of children with mitral valve stenosis. Film has voice over narration by Don Macon and illustrations by Barry Baker.

William D. Seybold, MD papers

  • MS 004
  • Collection
  • 1890-1983

The papers of Dr. Seybold are made up primarily of office files, correspondence and memoranda, newsclippings, articles, committee meeting minutes and reports; the working files of a prominent Houston physician who at one time or another served as chief of staff at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, partner and chief of staff of the KelseySeybold Clinic, president of the Texas Surgical Society, member of the University of Texas Committee of 75 and the Centennial Commission. They document his career from late in his surgical residency to his retirement from private practice in 1979.

The 82 boxes occupy 52 cubic feet. A large portion of the collection is a record of Dr. Seybold's professional involvement with the Clinic, hospitals and medical organizations. It has been retained in much the same order in which it was received, arranged alphabetically where applicable and arranged chronologically where possible within the series and within the files. Removed from the collection and redistributed in the library as needed were a sizeable number of journals and newsletters. Also removed from the collection and placed in the Historical Research Center Photograph Collection were many photographs, where they were indexed and cataloged. Duplicates of reports and reprints already in the collection were discarded.

Subjects: Surgery

Seybold, William Dempsey