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)
The most untalked about, unappreciated, unknown giant in the African American community - Vivien_Thomas was an African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s.
Vivien Thomas was a key player in pioneering the anastomosis of the subclavian artery to the pulmonary artery.The surgical work he performed with Alfred Blalock paved the way for the successful outcome of the Blalock-Taussig shunt. Unable to attend college for lack of money, Thomas began as Dr. Blalock's lab assistant, but his skill in designing surgical tools and inventing surgical techniques made him invaluable. His work was unrecognized until late in his life because he was…
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 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).