St. Laurent survived the procedure, gaining strength until a donor heart became available after eight days. He was the world's first patient to receive the device, which was developed by Peer Portner, MD, a consulting professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Stanford. Philip Oyer, MD, the Roy B. Cohn-Theodore A. Falasco Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, implanted the device. Since that time, more than 4,000 patients worldwide have benefited from this technology.
Two decades later, St. Laurent is returning to Stanford from his Florida home to reunite with the team that saved his life. He'll be an honored guest at Stanford's annual heart, heart-lung and lung transplant reunion party April 14. The media are also invited to a press conference to meet St. Laurent and to talk with Portner, Oyer and Robert Robbins, MD, associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery and director of the heart-lung transplant program at Stanford Hospital. Robbins was recently named director of the Institute for Cardiovascular Medicine.
WHAT: Press conference with first LVAD patient followed by a reunion party of heart, heart-lung and lung transplant patients WHO: LVAD patient Robert St. Laurent; Drs. Robert Robbins, Phil Oyer and Peer Portner will be available at the press conference; the reunion party will include LVAD and heart and heart-lung transplant patients, including former 49er Dean Moore and Mike Miraglia, whose story became national news when a California prison inmate received a heart initially destined for Miraglia WHEN: Wednesday, April 14, 4 p.m. (press conference); 5 p.m. (reunion party) WHERE: Lobby of the Falk Cardiovascular Research building (press conference); lobby of Fairchild Auditorium (party) RSVP: Robert Dicks at 650-497-8364 (Robert.Dicks@medcenter.stanford.edu)
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