Carlos Manuel Chavez
(born 25 December 1931) is a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon best known for his participation in the first-ever human heart
transplant. He was also the first surgeon to perform a coronary artery bypass
, during 1972 in Mississippi
, United States
, and Monterrey
Chavez was born in Cajamarca
. He was the last of nine children born to Nazario Chávez Aliaga
(1891–1979). He graduated from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
, Lima, Peru
in the late 1950s and moved to the United States
where he finished his training in Cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center
and completed his residency in 1961.
As a young doctor in 1962, Chavez went to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson for post-graduate training in cardiovascular medicine. "The thrust of research at that time was going toward transplantation," he said.
Transplant research began at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s labs in 1956, investigating operative techniques, organ storage and preservation, post-operative management and other problems.
Chavez visited leading medical centers around the country to learn from their trials and errors, and determine which animals could potentially be the best donors. A donated human heart would have been almost... Read More