Bjork-Shiley Heart Valve Prosthesis

Description (Brief)
Thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon Viking O. Björk (1918-2009) had experience with the implantation of many different artificial heart valves at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, before he teamed up with biomedical engineer Donald P. Shiley (1920-2010). Together they designed a new heart valve prosthesis. This aortic artificial valve was a spherical-shaped tilting carbon disk with a woven Teflon sewing ring. They began testing their valve in 1968 and were ready for the first human implantation in January 1969.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cardiology
aortic valve prosthesis, spherical
artificial heart valve
date made
ca 1980
associated person
Clark, Barney
maker
Shiley Incorporated
Measurements
overall: 1 1/8 in x 2 in x 2 1/4 in; 2.8575 cm x 5.08 cm x 5.715 cm
place made
United States: California, Irvine
location of prior holder
United States: California, Irvine
ID Number
1985.0439.01
accession number
1985.0439
catalog number
1985.0439.01
subject
Medicine
Cardiology
Prosthesis
Artificial Organs
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Artificial Heart Valves
Health & Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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