2021 Zverina Lecture
Saturday, October 23, 11a.m. – 12p.m.

Made in Cleveland:
The Kay-Cross oxygenator and the history of heart-lung machines

Presented by Amanda L. Mahoney, PhD, RN, Chief Curator, Dittrick Medical History Center, CWRU

Kay-Cross Oxygenator

The Kay-Cross Oxygenator, a largely forgotten medical technology, played a crucial role in the development of open-heart surgery and the establishment of advanced cardiac surgical departments across the U.S. during the 1950s-1970s. This important device was developed by an interdisciplinary team of surgeons, physiologists, engineers, fabricators, and technicians coordinated by cardiothoracic surgeons Earle B. Kay and Frederick S. Cross at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. 

The Kay-Cross team possessed a unique combination of clinical, scientific, mechanical, and technical skills that made possible the device’s success in the operating room, research laboratory, and the medical marketplace. 

This free event will be held in the Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Medical Library, 11000 Euclid Avenue.

Please register for this free event at: Register 2021 Zverina Lecture

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