Jarvik-7 Artificial Heart

This Jarvik-7 total artificial heart was used in the first authorized bridge to organ transplant operation. A bridge to transplantation is a temporary measure that replacs a failing heart with a mechanical pump while waiting for a human heart for implantation. Jack G. Copeland, M.D, performed the surgery on August 29, 1985 at the University Medical Center, University of Arizona. The patient, 25 year old Michael Drummond, lived with the mechanical pump for nine days until a donor heart could be implanted. Later, Drummond kept the heart in his home before its donation to the Smithsonian.
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Object Name
artificial heart
heart, artificial
date made
associated date
Drummond, Michael
Jarvik, Robert
Symbion, Inc.
Physical Description
polyurethane (overall material)
dacron (overall material)
polycarbonate (overall material)
average spatial: 13.7 cm x 10.1 cm x 9.6 cm; 5 13/32 in x 3 31/32 in x 3 25/32 in
overall: 4 1/4 in x 6 in x 9 in; 10.795 cm x 15.24 cm x 22.86 cm
place made
United States: Utah, Salt Lake City
associated place
United States: Arizona
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Health Care
Artificial Hearts
Health & Medicine
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Artificial Hearts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
University Medical Center of the University of Arizona
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