Richard A. DeWall
American cardiothoracic surgeon.
Biography of Richard A. DeWall
Richard A. DeWall is the inventor of the heart-lung machine. In 1954, when he was a recent graduate of the Medical School and practised medicine in Anoka, Minnesota, he came to C. Walton Lillehei to inquire about a position as a medical researcher. Eventually he was signed up as a resident, and Lillehei presented him with the problem of designing an effective heart-ling machine. A few months later DeWall and Lillehei has assembled a simple blood oxygenator. Following extensive testing on dogs, the machine was first used - successfully - at open-heart surgery in 1955. He is now Emeritus Clinical Professor of Surgery, Wright State University Medical School, Dayton, Ohio.
What is an eponym?
An eponym is a word derived from the name of a person, whether real or fictional. A medical eponym is thus
any word related to medicine, whose name is derived from a person.
What is Whonamedit?
Whonamedit.com is a biographical dictionary of medical eponyms.
It is our ambition to present a complete survey of all medical phenomena named for a person,
with a biography of that person.
Whonamedit? does not give medical advice.
This survey of medical eponyms and the persons behind them is meant as a general interest site only.
No information found here must under any circumstances be used for medical purposes, diagnostically,
therapeutically or otherwise. If you, or anybody close to you, is affected, or believe to be
affected, by any condition mentioned here: see a doctor.