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From the Archives: Stopped-heart surgery

From the Archives: Stopped-heart surgeryFrom the Archives: Stopped-heart surgery

An operation on Feb. 17, 1956, kicked off a new era of heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic. A team led by Donald Effler, MD, and Laurence Groves, MD, performed a series of stopped-heart operations between February and April 1956. The team connected the patients, who were all children, to a heart-lung machine designed by Willem Kolff, MD, another Cleveland Clinic staff member. 

Once the machine had taken over pumping blood and maintaining oxygen levels throughout the body, doctors injected a dose of potassium citrate. The injection temporarily paralyzed the heart. While the heart-lung machine had proven itself in previous operations, the use of potassium citrate was new. Previously, the heart continued beating while surgeons repaired it. Under these conditions, surgery had to be completed quickly. Stopping the heart, however, allowed surgeons more time and easier working conditions. 

The Feb. 17 operation, though not the first ever, was the first in a series of eight stopped-heart operations at Cleveland Clinic. Effler, Groves, Kolff, and Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Mason Sones, MD, published their results in the Cleveland Clinic Quarterly in April 1956. The Cleveland News hailed the findings as “a historic step,” while Congresswoman Frances P. Bolton praised the new technique as part of Cleveland Clinic’s tradition of pioneering medical research. Today, the heart is routinely stopped during surgery.

From the Archives: The first fellows, July 1921

From the Archives: The first fellows, July 1921

From the Archives: The first fellows, July 1921

 

Author: Employee Communications/Friday, July 01, 2016

 
Every July, Cleveland Clinic welcomes a new class of residents. This year, more than 450 new residents will participate in a tradition of graduate medical education stretching back to 1921 when Cleveland Clinic welcomed its first two residents (then known as fellows), Charles L. Hartsock, MD, and William O. Johnson, MD. 

Dr. Hartsock, a native of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, came to Cleveland Clinic for a two-year fellowship in medicine after earning his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University. This fellowship was the beginning of Dr. Hartsock’s 40-year career with Cleveland Clinic — practicing internal medicine, specializing in headache and gastrointestinal disease. At his death in 1961, Dr. Hartsock was the oldest active Cleveland Clinic staff member. He was one month shy of turning 65 years old. 

Dr. Johnson, born in Winchester, Kentucky in 1894, was also a Johns Hopkins graduate. He spent one year at Cleveland Clinic as a surgical fellow. While most of Dr. Johnson’s career was spent in Louisville, Kentucky, he maintained his connection to Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Johnson regularly attended alumni reunions and served as President of the Alumni Association. He even played Cleveland Clinic founder William Lower in a satirical skit at the 1926 annual meeting. 

Since its founding in 1921, education has been central to the mission of Cleveland Clinic. Since starting with these two fellows, nearly 15,000 physicians and scientists have trained at Cleveland Clinic. Some, like Dr. Hartsock, started long and productive careers at Cleveland Clinic. Others, like Dr. Johnson, used their training to elevate the level of care at other healthcare institutions around the world. All of them are part of a nearly 100-year tradition of “better care of the sick, investigation into their problems and further education of those who serve.” 

For more information, contact Cleveland Clinic Archives at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 216.448.2929.

From the Archives: Cleveland Clinic reopens after disaster

Author: Employee Communications/Friday, May 20, 2016

On Monday, May 20, 1929, more than 300 patients visited Cleveland Clinic. On any other day this might not be remarkable. But just five days before, nitrocellulose X-ray films in the basement had combusted, sending poisonous gas through the building. One hundred and twenty-three people died, including Cleveland Clinic co-founder John Phillips, MD. Devastating though the Disaster (as it came to be known) was, the staff and caregivers remained steadfastly committed to the ideals of Cleveland Clinic.

As a city, Cleveland felt the same way. Founder George Crile, MD, wrote that “it was the belief of the public in the Cleveland Clinic … that made it possible to go on.” More than $30,000 in gifts, plus countless letters of condolence, poured in from around the world. A group of 36 Cleveland businessmen formed a committee to rebuild Cleveland Clinic. 

The explosion had rendered the building unusable. In another example of community generosity, the headmistress of Laurel School donated a former dormitory for our use. Operations remained there until September, when they moved into parts of the new Research Building and the just-completed addition to the hospital. Just a few days after the Disaster, the Cleveland News published an editorial: “A Greater Clinic to Rise From Disaster Ruins.” Thanks to determination and hard work from both Cleveland Clinic caregivers and the Cleveland community, the News’ prediction came true. 

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Our students excelled on Match Day

Our students excelled on Match Day

Author: Employee Communications/Wednesday, March 23, 2016/Categories: NewsNews

"Why is this envelope so difficult to open!" thought Chen Yan as she eagerly tore at the paper that would disclose where she would spend the next several years of her training. Then the reveal: Cleveland Clinic. “I was absolutely overjoyed to match at my number one program,” says Chen, who will be training in neurology. 

On March 18, Lerner College of Medicine students experienced “Match Day,” the day they learned where they’re headed for residency. All of our graduating students matched, with 58 percent going to their first-choice program and 74 percent going to one of their top three choices. 

Watch the video

Several graduates are headed to Seattle. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be continuing my journey with the Seattle Children’s residency or more thankful for everyone who has supported me at CCLCM,” says Jen Keene, who will be training in child neurology. 

Cris Loftus is also headed to Seattle. “The University of Washington offers one of the best urologic surgical training programs in the country, and I feel so fortunate to have matched there. Five years of hard work were definitely worth the result!” he says.

The top residency program chosen by our students this year is Internal Medicine, followed by Medicine-Preliminary. Of the program’s 31 students, 12 are staying in Ohio for their residencies, and 11 of those students will remain at Cleveland Clinic. 

Destinations for the 2016 graduates include such prestigious organizations as Cleveland Clinic; Massachusetts General; New York-Presbyterian; Stanford Health Care; University of California, Los Angeles; and Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

View the complete Match list

Across the country, the number of graduating medical students is in inverse proportion to the number of residency slots available, so matching to these top organizations is an enormous accomplishment and doesn’t happen without tremendous faculty support.

The Lerner College of Medicine graduating class will be honored by their families, faculty, staff and fellow students on Saturday, May 14, at 6 p.m. at the InterContinental Hotel. A reception will follow after the ceremony. The students will formally graduate on Sunday, May 15, from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, at which time they will receive their degree that reads “Medical Doctor with Special Qualifications in Biomedical Research.”

“While I'm ecstatic so many of my classmates are going to wonderful programs, there's a bittersweet feeling as we scatter across the country,” says Chen. “I feel like we've lived in a little bubble at CCLCM, and now the bubble is being expanded."Why is this envelope so difficult to open!" thought Chen Yan as she eagerly tore at the paper that would disclose where she would spend the next several years of her training. Then the reveal: Cleveland Clinic. “I was absolutely overjoyed to match at my number one program,” says Chen, who will be training in neurology. 

On March 18, Lerner College of Medicine students experienced “Match Day,” the day they learned where they’re headed for residency. All of our graduating students matched, with 58 percent going to their first-choice program and 74 percent going to one of their top three choices. 

Watch the video

Several graduates are headed to Seattle. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be continuing my journey with the Seattle Children’s residency or more thankful for everyone who has supported me at CCLCM,” says Jen Keene, who will be training in child neurology. 

Cris Loftus is also headed to Seattle. “The University of Washington offers one of the best urologic surgical training programs in the country, and I feel so fortunate to have matched there. Five years of hard work were definitely worth the result!” he says.

The top residency program chosen by our students this year is Internal Medicine, followed by Medicine-Preliminary. Of the program’s 31 students, 12 are staying in Ohio for their residencies, and 11 of those students will remain at Cleveland Clinic. 

Destinations for the 2016 graduates include such prestigious organizations as Cleveland Clinic; Massachusetts General; New York-Presbyterian; Stanford Health Care; University of California, Los Angeles; and Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

View the complete Match list

Across the country, the number of graduating medical students is in inverse proportion to the number of residency slots available, so matching to these top organizations is an enormous accomplishment and doesn’t happen without tremendous faculty support.

The Lerner College of Medicine graduating class will be honored by their families, faculty, staff and fellow students on Saturday, May 14, at 6 p.m. at the InterContinental Hotel. A reception will follow after the ceremony. The students will formally graduate on Sunday, May 15, from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, at which time they will receive their degree that reads “Medical Doctor with Special Qualifications in Biomedical Research.”

“While I'm ecstatic so many of my classmates are going to wonderful programs, there's a bittersweet feeling as we scatter across the country,” says Chen. “I feel like we've lived in a little bubble at CCLCM, and now the bubble is being expanded.Our students excelled on Match Day

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