Vivien Thomas

Surgeon, Film subject

1910 – 1985

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Who was Vivien Thomas?

Vivien Theodore Thomas was an African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s. He was an assistant to surgeon Alfred Blalock in Blalock's experimental animal laboratory at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and later at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Without any education past high school, Thomas rose above poverty and racism to become a cardiac surgery pioneer and a teacher of operative techniques to many of the country's most prominent surgeons. Vivien Thomas was the first African American without a doctorate to perform open heart surgery on a white patient in the United States.

There is a television film based on his life entitled Something The Lord Made and it premiered in May 2004 on HBO.

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Born
Aug 29, 1910
New Iberia
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Martin Luther King Magnet at Pearl High School
Died
Nov 26, 1985

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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