Vivien Theodore Thomas was an African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s

Vivien Theodore Thomas was an African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s

Vivien Thomas- During the 1940’s he rose above racism and poverty to become a pioneer in cardiac surgery.

Vivien Thomas- During the 1940’s he rose above racism and poverty to become a pioneer in cardiac surgery.

Vivien Thomas, African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s.  Thomas was also offered the position of Chief of Surgery at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins in 1941.

Vivien Thomas, African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s. Thomas was also offered the position of Chief of Surgery at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins in 1941.

American cardiologist Helen Brooke Taussig founded the field of pediatric cardiology and developed the concept for a procedure that prolonged the lives of children suffering from blue baby syndrome. (photo: Yousuf Karsh)

American cardiologist Helen Brooke Taussig founded the field of pediatric cardiology and developed the concept for a procedure that prolonged the lives of children suffering from blue baby syndrome. (photo: Yousuf Karsh)

Vivien Theodore Thomas (1910-1985), who had nothing further than a high school education, became an expert heart surgeon and a teacher of operative techniques to many of the country's most prominent surgeons. In the 1940s, Vivien Theodore Thomas developed the procedures used to treat "Blue Baby Syndrome"(a heart defect in new born babies that deprives them of oxygen).

Vivien Theodore Thomas (1910-1985), who had nothing further than a high school education, became an expert heart surgeon and a teacher of operative techniques to many of the country's most prominent surgeons. In the 1940s, Vivien Theodore Thomas developed the procedures used to treat "Blue Baby Syndrome"(a heart defect in new born babies that deprives them of oxygen).

Vivien Thomas - African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s

Vivien Thomas - African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s

Vivien T. Thomas (8/29/1910 - 11/26/1985) was unable to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a doctor, but he worked 34 years as a research assistant to Dr. Alfred Blalock, Chief of Surgery at Vanderbilt and Johns Hopkins. Thomas devised the "blue baby" heart surgery credited to Blalock and Dr. Helen Taussig, and trained many surgeons. His autobiography Partners of the Heart was published shortly after his death and he has received many posthumous honors. #TodayInBlackHistory

Vivien T. Thomas (8/29/1910 - 11/26/1985) was unable to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a doctor, but he worked 34 years as a research assistant to Dr. Alfred Blalock, Chief of Surgery at Vanderbilt and Johns Hopkins. Thomas devised the "blue baby" heart surgery credited to Blalock and Dr. Helen Taussig, and trained many surgeons. His autobiography Partners of the Heart was published shortly after his death and he has received many posthumous honors. #TodayInBlackHistory

Vivien Theodore Thomas was an African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s. 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.   -wikipedia

Vivien Theodore Thomas was an African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s. 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. -wikipedia

"Blue Baby Syndrome"  The first heart surgery ever done was on a blue baby at Johns Hopkins... There is a great movie about this: "Something The Lord Made"!

"Blue Baby Syndrome" The first heart surgery ever done was on a blue baby at Johns Hopkins... There is a great movie about this: "Something The Lord Made"!

Helen Brooke Taussig (May 24, 1898 – May 20, 1986) was an American cardiologist, working in Baltimore and Boston, who founded the field of pediatric cardiology. Notably, she is credited with developing the concept for a procedure that would extend the lives of children born with Tetrology of Fallot (also known as blue baby syndrome). This concept was applied in practice as a procedure known as the Blalock-Taussig shunt. The procedure was developed by Dr. Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas, who…

Helen Brooke Taussig (May 24, 1898 – May 20, 1986) was an American cardiologist, working in Baltimore and Boston, who founded the field of pediatric cardiology. Notably, she is credited with developing the concept for a procedure that would extend the lives of children born with Tetrology of Fallot (also known as blue baby syndrome). This concept was applied in practice as a procedure known as the Blalock-Taussig shunt. The procedure was developed by Dr. Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas, who…

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