Prof. Barnard

A brief overview of Prof. Christiaan Barnard's life

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  • Born 8 November 1922 Beaufort West South Africa
  • Attended school in Beaufort West
  • Went to University of Cape Town 1941
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery 1946
  • Intern at Groote Schuur Hospital 1947
  • Family practice in Ceres 1948-1950
  • Doctor’s Degree in Medicine December 1953 (Thesis: Treatment of Tuberculous Meningitis)
  • Master’s Degree in Medicine 1954
  • Doctorate in Philosophy in Surgery, University of Minnesota 1958 (Thesis: Pathogenesis of Intestinal Atresia)
  • Master of Science in Surgery, University of Minnesota 1958 (Thesis: Aortic valve)
  • Performed first successful kidney transplant in South Africa, June 6 1967
  • Performed the first human-to-human heart transplant in the world, December 3 1967
  • Performed the first heterotopic human transplant, December 25 1974
  • Awards and certificates
    18 Honorary Doctorates
    44 International tributes of the highest order from various cities and countries in the world.
    28 Freedoms of cities and honorary citizenship from various countries in the world.
    48 Fellowships, honorary fellowships and memberships of medical institutions.
    85 Commemorative plaques
    92 Gold, silver and bronze medals
    Numerous other commemorative awards and certificates
  • Author of 16 books and 235 other publications, the most recent 50 Ways to a Healthy Heart, published 1999.