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Collection National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
Title Left Ventricle Assist Device
Caption Left Ventricle Assist Device
Description Two hands of a man: the left hand is holding a model of the left ventricle of the heart with the device protruding. The right hand is holding the other half of the model. When the left chamber of the heart cannot pump blood to the body, a battery-powered mechanical pump called a left-ventricle assist device (LVAD) can be implanted. Sometimes the LVAD can be used until a heart transplant donor is found. The NIH funded the development of the LVAD through the artificial heart program but also pursued its own program in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Laboratory of Technical Development under Drs. Theodor Kolobow and Robert Bowman. This image is an example of their work.
Credit line Courtesy of the Office of History, National Institutes of Health
Accession number 2009.03
Number of images 1
Catalog Number 6369
Photographer Ralph Fernandez
Place Bethesda, MD
Provenance Donated by Dr. Theodor Kolobow, NHLBI.
Source Theodor Kolobow
Year Range from 1960
Year Range to 1970
Organizations NIH; NHLBI, Laboratory of Technical Development
Buildings Building 10 ("CC" Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center)
People Kolobow, Theodor
Bowman, Robert L.