Dow Corning Silastic Brand Membrane Oxygenator (Kolobow type)


Theodor Kolobow was born in Estonia in 1931 and spent the war years in a displaced person camp in Germany. After the war he received a scholarship to Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio. As a medical student at Case Western Reserve University, he worked with Dr. George H. A. Clowes, a surgeon who was developing new methods for oxygenating blood during cardiopulmonary bypass operations. Following graduation, Dr. Kolobow joined the National Heart Institute, and spent the rest of his career with that a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. His greatest innovation was probably extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

Ref: John H. Trahanas, Mary Ann Kobolow, Mark A. Hardy, Lorenzo Berra, Warren M. Zapol, and Robert H. Bartlett, “‘Treating Lungs’: The Scientific Contributions of Dr. Theodor Kolobow,” ASAIO Journal 62 (2016): 203-210.

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2012.0165.618Accession Number: 2012.0165Catalog Number: 2012.0165.618

Object Name: artificial kidneyoxygenator

Measurements: overall: 10 3/8 in x 5 3/8 in x 3 3/8 in; 26.3525 cm x 13.6525 cm x 8.5725 cm


Record Id: nmah_1459516

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