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Who performed first open heart surgery in the US?

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02/01/2011

The first open heart surgery was not performed by Vivien Thomas and Alfred Blalock (in 1944), as mentioned in the previous post. In 1902 Dr. Luther Leonidas Hill performed the first open heart surgery in the Western Hemisphere by suturing a stab wound in a young boy's heart. The surgery occurred in Montgomery, Alabama.