Christiaan Barnard

1922 - 2001

Christiaan Barnard

Christiaan Neethling Barnard (8 November 1922 – 2 September 2001) was a South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world's first human-to-human heart transplant operation and the first one in which the patient regained consciousness. On 3 December 1967, Barnard transplanted the heart of accident-victim Denise Darvall into the chest of 54-year-old Louis Washkansky, with Washkansky regaining full consciousness and being able to easily talk with his wife, before dying 18 days later of pneumonia. The anti-rejection drugs that suppressed his immune system were a major contributing factor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Christiaan Barnard has received more than 1,128,459 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 44th most popular physician.

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Among physicians, Christiaan Barnard ranks 43 out of 438Before him are Niels Ryberg Finsen, Polycarp, Ambroise Paré, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, René Laennec, and Georgios Papanikolaou. After him are Hua Tuo, Hans Asperger, Al-Zahrawi, António Egas Moniz, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, and Emil Kraepelin.

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Among people born in 1922, Christiaan Barnard ranks 19Before him are Franjo Tuđman, Emil Zátopek, Ava Gardner, Aage Bohr, Erving Goffman, and Pierre Cardin. After him are Gérard Philipe, Hiroo Onoda, Kurt Vonnegut, Alain Resnais, Imre Lakatos, and Alain Robbe-Grillet. Among people deceased in 2001, Christiaan Barnard ranks 6Before him are Anthony Quinn, Tove Jansson, George Harrison, Didi, and Claude Shannon. After him are Jorge Amado, Herbert A. Simon, Jack Lemmon, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary, Léopold Sédar Senghor, and Fred Hoyle.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Christiaan Barnard ranks 8 out of 220Before him are J. R. R. Tolkien (1892), J. M. Coetzee (1940), Shaka (1787), Nadine Gordimer (1923), Sarah Baartman (1788), and F. W. de Klerk (1936). After him are Desmond Tutu (1931), Miriam Makeba (1932), Elon Musk (1971), Paul Kruger (1825), Jacob Zuma (1942), and Max Theiler (1899).

Among PHYSICIANS In South Africa

Among physicians born in South Africa, Christiaan Barnard ranks 1