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Christiaan Barnard Biography 1922 – 2001


Christiaan Neethling Barnard was a South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant operation.

Barnard subsequently introduced the operation of heterotopic heart transplantation in which the donor’s heart acted as an auxiliary pump, with some advantages in that early era. It took great courage to carry out the first heart transplant, and this is why Barnard is remembered as a pioneer in cardiac surgery.

Christiaan Barnard

BORN: 8 November 1922

HOME TOWN: Beaufort West, Cape Province, Union of South Africa

PARENT: Adam Barnard (Father) Maria Elisabeth de Swart (Mother)

SPOUSE: Karin Setzkorn (m. 1988 – 2000), Barbara Zoellner (m. 1970 – 1982), Aletta Gertruida Louw (m. 1948 – 1969)

DIED: 2 September 2001 (aged 78)

PLACE OF DEATH: Paphos, Cyprus

RELATIVES: Marius Barnard

CHILDREN: Lara Barnard, Armin Barnard, Deirdre Barnard, Frederick Barnard, Andre Barnard, Christiaan Barnard Jr.

OCCUPATION: Cardiac surgeon, Writer

AWARDS: Dag Hammarskjold International Prize and Peace Prize, The Kennedy Foundation Award, and the Milan International Prize for Science…

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