Norman E. Shumway Biographical File

Identifier: EBL-0877

  • Staff Only


Biographical file includes photographs, Vanderbilt Magazine, reprinted journal articles, American Association for the Advancement of Science, newspaper clippings, VUMC Reporter articles, CV, obituary, and a DVD and cassette video interview (1 hour in length).


  • 1970 - 2006

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Historical or Biographical Note

Norman E. Shumway received his MD from Vanderbilt University in 1949. After graduation, Dr. Shumway was a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Heart Institute at the University of Minnesota, then left to join the faculty at Stanford, where he began his studies on cardiac transplantation in 1958. Dr. Shumway remained at Stanford his entire career. In January 1968, Dr. Shumway performed the first human heart transplant in the United States. Thirteen years later he performed the first heart-lung transplant. He also pioneered a procedure for correcting birth defects through bypass surgery and developed techniques for total surgical correction of "blue baby" heart defects. Dr. Shumway received many awards during his lifetime and was recognized by Vanderbilt with an annual lecture on heart transplantation research and surgery. Dr. Shumway died of cancer in February 2006. An excellent video interview of Dr. Shumway is available in the Historical Collection of the Eskind Library.


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Norman E. Shumway (1923-2006) biographical file
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Part of the VUMC Historical Images and Biographies Repository

Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


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