Kolff-Effler Membrane Oxygenator


Willem J. Kolff (1911-2009) was a Dutch surgeon who immigrated to the United States in 1950 and worked for several years at the Cleveland Clinic. Donald Brian Effler (1915-2004) was chief of the thoracic and cardiovascular surgery department at the Cleveland Clinic at that time. Working together, the two men developed a membrane oxygenator.

Ref: Willem J. Kolff and Donald B. Effler, “Disposable Membrane Oxygenator (Heart-Lung Machine) and its use in Experimental Surgery,” Cleveland Clinic Quarterly (April 1956).

Date Made: 1955

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Surgery


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Credit Line: Edwards Lifesciences, LLC

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2002.0151.05Accession Number: 2002.0151Catalog Number: 2002.0151.05

Object Name: kidney, artificialoxygenatorOxygenator

Measurements: overall: 16.3 cm x 9.4 cm; 6 7/16 in x 3 11/16 inoverall: 8 in x 8 in x 15 in; 20.32 cm x 20.32 cm x 38.1 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-8d88-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1213043

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