Giants of Cardiothoracic Surgery Interview with Dr. O.H. Frazier

Texas Heart Institute Bud Frazier

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Network interviewed Dr. O. H. Frazier at the International Conference on Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery and Surgical Arrhythmology (AMICS 2019). Held at the A.V. Vishnevsky National Medical Research Center of Surgery, Ministry of Health of Russian Federation, Moscow, the meeting gathers leading specialists from Russia, USA, and Western Europe.

Dr. Frazier is recognized globally for his significant contributions to the field of artificial heart development since training with Dr. Cooley and Dr. DeBakey. Throughout his career. Dr. Frazier performed over 1,200 heart transplants and implanted over 500 left ventricular assist devices (LVAD). He is responsible for many first in man milestones including the first HeartMate implantation and the first Jarvik implantation. 

Today he remains dedicated to advancing the development of the first practical artificial heart in the Cullen Cardiovascular Research Laboratories and Center for Preclinical and Surgical Interventional Research at THI. In addition, he is exploring novel heart assist devices with Texas Heart Institute researchers to improve outcomes and the quality of life of patients with heart failure.