Our second award goes to Dr. James Daniel Hardy (1918-2003), who made the first human lung transplant in 1963.
Dr. Hardy was also the first chairman of the department of surgery and surgeon in chief at the University Medical Center in Mississippi.
He authored, co-authored and edited more than five hundred articles and chapters in medical publications and more than twenty three medical books, including two which became standard surgery texts. Dr. Hardy served on numerous editorial boards and as editor-in-chief of The World Journal of Surgery. In addition to all of that, he also produced a volume of autobiographical memoirs, The Academic Surgeon.
Did you know that the first animal-to-human heart transplant was made by Dr. Hardy too?
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