May 14, 2010

Shumway to deliver lecture honoring her father

Shumway to deliver lecture honoring her father

Sara Shumway, M.D., vice chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Minnesota, will deliver the keynote address at the lectureship named in honor of her father, the late Norman E. Shumway Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

Sara Shumway, M.D.

Sara Shumway, M.D.

“Heart Transplantation: Where Are We Now?” will be held Thursday, May 20, from 4-5 p.m. in 208 Light Hall.

A 1979 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Shumway is professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota and the surgical director for Lung Transplantation.

Her research interests include heart transplantation, noninvasive detection of cardiac allograft rejection, cardiomyoplasty and left ventricular remodeling.

“Dr. Sara Shumway continues the legacy begun by her father, Dr. Norman Shumway, in the field of human thoracic transplantation,” said C. Wright Pinson, M.D., MBA, deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs and director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center.

“In her own right, she has dedicated her career to further the research and clinical advancement of heart and lung transplantation.”

The late Dr. Shumway graduated from VUSM in 1949. After completing his surgical residency at the University of Minnesota, he continued his research career as a fellow and special trainee at the National Heart Institute.

After moving to Stanford University in 1958, Dr. Shumway embarked on the scientific and technical studies that led to the initiation of the clinical heart transplant program at Stanford in 1967.

He and a surgical team performed the first adult heart transplant in the United States in 1968.

He dedicated the next 25 years to the systematic investigation of clinical, physiological and pathological events following heart transplantation.
In 1981, he performed the world's first successful heart-lung transplant.