Alfred Blalock was an American surgeon most noted for his work on the medical condition of shock as well as Tetralogy of Fallot— commonly known as Blue baby syndrome. He created, with assistance from his research and laboratory assistant Vivien Thomas and pediatric cardiologist Helen Taussig, the Blalock-Thomas-Taussig Shunt, a surgical procedure to relieve the cyanosis from Tetralogy of Fallot. This operation ushered in the modern era of cardiac surgery. He worked at both Vanderbilt University and Johns Hopkins University, where he studied both as an undergraduate and worked as chief of surgery. He is known as a medical pioneer who won various awards, including Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award. Blalock was also nominated several times for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Medicine.
|Born:||April 05, 1899, Culloden, Georgia, United States|
|Died:||September 15, 1964|
|Education:||University of Georgia, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine|
About Alfred Blalock
Surgeon who invented the Blalock-Taussig Shunt, which saved the lives of numerous infants suffering from blue baby syndrome.
He studied at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and later became a surgery resident at Vanderbilt University.
His cardiac surgery technique became the world standard.
He was married twice and had three children.
Alan Rickman portrayed Blalock in HBO’s 2004 docu-drama Something the Lord Made.
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- Johns Hopkins School of Medicine alumni
- Vanderbilt University faculty
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