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.

Robert Jarvik (b. 1946) graduated from Syracuse University and earned a master’s degree in medical engineering from New York University. Then, at to the University of Utah Medical School, he earned an MD and was influenced by Wilhelm Johan Kolff, a Dutch-born physician who had developed a dialysis machine and was working on artificial organs. The first Jarvik-7 artificial heart was implanted in Barney Clark in 1982.

Date Made: 1985Associated Date: 1985-08-29

User: Drummond, MichaelDesigner: Jarvik, RobertMaker: Symbion, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Utah, Salt Lake CityAssociated Place: United States: Arizona

Subject: CardiologySurgeryHealth CareMedicine


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Related Publication: Copeland, J. G.. First successful bridge to transplantation with the total artificial heart

Credit Line: University Medical Center of the University of Arizona

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1987.0474.01Catalog Number: 1987.0474.01Accession Number: 1987.0474

Object Name: artificial heartheart, artificialOther Terms: artificial heart; Prostheses

Physical Description: polyurethane (overall material)dacron (overall material)polycarbonate (overall material)Measurements: 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 inoverall: 4 1/4 in x 6 in x 9 in; 10.795 cm x 15.24 cm x 22.86 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-b5c6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1147093

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