Medical breakthroughs launched at the University of Minnesota include:
For nearly a century, the exploration of pioneering ideas at the University of Minnesota has launched many medical firsts that have made a lasting difference for families in Minnesota and around the world.
Kurt Amplatz, M.D., a professor of radiology at the University of Minnesota for 42 years, pioneered the use of many noninvasive techniques, including the use of devices that have eliminated the need for open-heart surgery for thousands of children. University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital is named in honor of Dr. Amplatz as a tribute to his life's work.
Robert Good, M.D., Ph.D., performed the world's first successful bone marrow transplant, on a 4-month-old boy with an inherited immune deficiency disorder, at the University of Minnesota, in 1968.
C. Walton Lillehei, M.D., Ph.D., often called the father of open-heart surgery, played a major role in many surgical firsts at the University of Minnesota. His 1950s advances included participating in the first successful open-heart surgery using cross-circulation and creation of the heart-lung machine, and developing the pacemaker and mechanical heart valve.
Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatric blood and marrow transplant physician, with colleauges used stem cells from bone marrow to repair the skin of patients with a fatal skin disease called recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) through a collaborative project.
John E. Wagner, M.D., an umbilical cord-blood transplant pioneer, uses molecular and cellular therapies to develop new treatment approaches for life-threatening diseases, such as leukemia, for which conventional treatments are unsatisfactory.
Warren Warwick, M.D., invented a vibrating vest at the University of Minnesota in the early 1980s. The therapy transformed care for children with cystic fibrosis and helped to make our patients’ survival rates the best in the nation.