René Gerónimo Favaloro Biography
Birthday: July 12, 1923 (Cancer)
Born In: La Plata, Argentina
Dr. Rene Geronimo Favaloro was a famous cardiac surgeon from Argentina who is best remembered for conducting the first planned coronary artery bypass surgery, using a technique he invented himself. He was also the first surgeon in Argentina to perform successful heart-transplant surgery. A highly prominent personality in the Argentine medical fraternity, he founded the famous Favaloro Foundation, a well-known scientific institution in Argentina, which is dedicated to teaching medicine as well as medical research. After spending a long time working in Ohio in the United States, when he returned to Argentina he realized that there was a lack of an institution of similar excellence to Cleveland Clinic, the place where he had worked. Therefore, with the help of several collaborators, he finally founded the Favaloro Foundation in 1975. He also trained more than 450 surgeons not just from all over Argentina, but from all over the Americas. This foundation is famous for its honesty and passion as well as for maintaining medical ethics. Favaloro was deeply concerned about the health of the general public, and along with his brother, took many efforts to improve public health, which included educating public teachers and nurses.