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VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Our history

Dr. Richard Lower, MDDr. James Brooks, MDDr. James Brooks developed one of the first practices in the United States dedicated to surgical therapy of disease of the lungs, airways and chest.

In 1965 Dr. Richard Lower was recruited to develop the new field of Cardiac Surgery and Transplantation. This resulted in rapid advances in the field of transplantation including defining brain death, immunosuppression , treatment of rejection and the second oldest heart transplantation program in the United States.

A subsequent generation of surgeons have continued to carry on this tradition of innovation and excellence in patient care.

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