Groote Schuur Hospital
Groote Schuur Hospital remains a place of visionary thinking and innovation.
Recently the hospital’s team of cardio thoracic surgeons, surgeons, clinicians and biomedical engineers developed an affordable heart valve, which is a life saving device for rheumatic heart disease, a condition which affects mainly young people in developing countries.
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LOOKING BACK OVER 50 YEARS
SOME OF GROOTE SCHUUR HOSPITAL WORLD FIRSTS
1965 – first rapid warming device for massive blood transfusions developed
1967 – first human heart transplant
1975 – first transplant of a vascularized human fallopian tube
1979 – Cormack awarded the Nobel Prize for his work towards developing the CT scanner
1981 – Wicomb and team develop the first method for storing donor hearts by hypothermic perfusion
1983 – first human liver transplant using the heterotropic technique
1989 – discovery of a technique to locate brain tumours without having to do invasive surgery
2008 – first HIV positive-to-positive kidney transplant
2015 – first combined ultrasound and mammography device tested
2017 – first brain operation performed through the eye