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Robert Jarvik: An Innovator with Heart

Robert Jarvik, MD, remembers Dec. 2, 1982, as vividly as if it were last week. He was 36 at the time and a device he designed, the Jarvik 7 artificial heart, was about to be implanted into a human patient for the first time. That patient, a retired dentist named Barney Clark, had been at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City for about a week, and his medical team, lead by William DeVries, MD, planned to put off the surgery just a little while longer in hopes of getting Clark as strong as possible for the operation. But Clark wasn’t getting stronger. Robert Jarvik, MD, will receive the MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award during a special ceremony at MD&M East in New York City on June 12, 2018.  “He deteriorated rather fast and Dr. DeVries did not think he would live through t…

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