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Dr. Denton Cooley

Dr. Denton Cooley (August 22, 1920 - November 18, 2016)

Dr. Denton Cooley, a world renowned heart surgeon and native Houstonian, has died. He was 96. Dr. Cooley pioneered many techniques used in cardiovascular surgery including the first successful human heart transplant and the first artificial heart implant. He completed his education at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he met his wife. They returned to Houston in 1951, and Dr. Cooley joined the faculty of the Baylor College of Medicine. He went on to found the Texas Heart Institute which also included the School of Surgery to train young doctors. During his many years as a heart surgeon, Dr. Cooley frequently appeared on television and in press conferences discussing his surgical procedures and developments. The Houston Area Digital Archives invites you to explore the following KHOU-TV news footage featuring Dr. Cooley.

Click here to listen to an oral history interview with Dr. Cooley recorded in 2007.

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