Orvan Walter Hess was an American physician noted for his early use of penicillin and the development of the fetal heart monitor. Hess was born in Baoba, Pennsylvania. At the age of two, after his mother’s death, the family moved to Margaretville, New York where he grew up. Hess was inspired by Doctor Gordon Bostwick Maurer—who started Margaretville’s first hospital in 1925— to study medicine. He married Dr. Maurer’s sister, Carol Maurer, in 1928. Hess went to Lafayette College and was graduated in 1927, and received his MD from the University at Buffalo. He completed an internship at Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, New York and became an obstetrician and gynecologist. For most of his career, Hess practiced at Yale-New Haven Hospital, interrupted by World War II service as a surgeon in the 48th Armored Medical Battalion attached to the 2nd Armored Division in the invasions of North Africa, Sicily and Normandy.
|Born:||June 18, 1906, Baoba, Pennsylvania|
|Died:||September 6, 2002, New Haven, Connecticut|
|Fields:||Medicine, (obstetrics and gynaecology)|
|Institutions:||Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale School of Medicine|
|Alma mater:||Lafayette College, University at Buffalo|
|Known for:||Penicillin, Fetal heart monitor|
|Notable awards:||AMA Scientific Achievement Award|
About Orvan Hess
Inventor of the first fetal heart monitor who was the first doctor to successfully use penicillin in treatment.
His invention was borne out a desire to figure out a way to separate the baby’s heartbeat from the mother’s, which was impossible with a stethoscope.
Next to ultrasound, his fetal heart monitor is probably the most widely used device in delivery rooms.
He had two daughters with his wife, Carol Maurer.
Like Carl Wood, who perfected the IVF technique, Hess helped childbirth become easier and less dangerous.
Information related to Orvan Hess
- Yale School of Medicine faculty
- American gynecologists
- American obstetricians
- University at Buffalo alumni
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