Muller-Littlefield Aortic Valve

Muller-Littlefield Aortic Valve

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Description (Brief)
This Muller-Littlefield Aortic Valve has a tri leaflet design and is 1-34 mm diameter. It is housed in a metal jar with a lid. It made of Teflon cloth with salvaged edges to keep the fabric from fraying. In a study of 23 patients (between 1961 and 1963), it was found that the valves stiffened and the fabeic would tear.
Joshua Bayley Littlefield was a manager and software engineer for the General Computer Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. William Muller Jr. (1920-2012) received his MD degree from Duke University, after which he completed a surgical residency and served as an Instructor of Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He joined the faculty at The University of California at Los Angeles as one of its first faculty members to start the new medical school in 1940 and became associate professor of surgery in 1952. He developed the pulmonary artery banding procedure and applied it clinically. He was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Virginia in 1954 and over the ensuing several years developed one of the first complete aortic valve prostheses.
Dr. Marshall Goldin of University Cardiovascular Surgeons at Rush University in Chicago gave the donor Manny Villafaña several heart valves including this Muller-Littlefield Aortic Valve in 2002.
Currently not on view
Object Name
artificial heart valve
date made
ca 1960
Physical Description
metal (container material)
teflon, cloth (valve material)
valve: 2.8 cm; 1 3/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Manuel Villafaña
Artificial Organs
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Artificial Heart Valves
Health & Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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