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The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at McGill University developed from the rich tradition of leadership in the dawn of this specialty. Early in this century, Dr. Archibald made important contributions to the surgery of pulmonary tuberculosis, and is one of the forefathers of thoracic surgery on this continent. Dr. Fraser B. Gurd was elected as the president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery in 1941.
Dr. Edward Archibald
In succeeding years Drs. Norman Bethune, Dag Monroe, and James Wilson followed, contributing significantly to the advance of thoracic surgery. In the 1940's Dr. Arthur Vineberg pioneered surgery for coronary artery disease, and in the late 1950's Drs. Anthony Dobell and Harry Scott initiated open heart surgery at McGill, ushering in the modern era of cardiac surgery. Dr. Dobell served as president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in 1982.
Dr. Norman Bethune 
The Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery was established and the residency program inaugurated in 1965. Dr. Dobell was appointed chairman and served until 1992 when he was succeeded by Dr. Ray Chiu. Over the years, over fifty surgeons have completed the residency program and practice the profession in the United States, Canada and elsewhere. Others came for research training and obtained graduate degrees. Many of our alumni are leaders in other major universities and communities. Thus, this academic Division continues to strive for its vision of a well balanced excellence in patient care, teaching and research in cardiothoracic surgery.
Dr. Arthur Vineberg
 
 

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