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William Ray Rumel

Born  1911-03-25
Died  1977-09-20

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    American surgen, born March 25, 1911, Salt Lake City; died September 20, 1977, Salt Lake City.

    Biography of William Ray Rumel

    William Ray Rumel was the second son of Steven Henry Rumel (1887-1958) and Mary Ethel Knighton Rumel (1885-1957). He grew up on the family farm west of Salt Lake City and attended the LDS High School in Salt Lake City, and then the University of Utah. After two years in medicine at that university he went on the Northwestern University in Chicago for the completion of his medical training. He interned at Cook County Hospital in 1935-1936.

    He was a pioneer of heart and lung surgery. His name is attached to several surgical instruments, but he is now mostly remembered for his Rumel tourniquet and the ability to repair the diseased mitral valve without replacing it.

    We thank Henrik Aamodt for information submitted.


    Clinical studies of primary carcinoma of the lung: an analysis of seventy-five cases, twenty-one of which were treated by pneumonectomy or lobectomy.
    Richard H. Overholt and William Ray Rumel.
    The Journal of the American Medical Association, Chicago, 1940, 114 (9): 735-742.

    Factors in the Reduction of Mortality from Pulmonary Abscess.
    Richard H. Overholt and William Ray Rumel.
    The New England Journal of Medicine, Boston, 1941, 224: 441.

    Congenital cystic disease of the lung. Report of four cases treated surgically.
    W. R. Rumel.
    Rocky Mountain Medical Journal, Denver , Colorado, 1943, 40: 95.

    Resectable Pulmonary Lesions.
    W. R. Rumel. Rocky Mountain Medical Journal, Denver , Colorado, 1946, 43: 989.

    Peritoneo-pericardial diaphragmatic hernia: Report of a case in a newborn infant.
    A. K. Wilson, W. R. Rumel, O. L. Ross:
    The American Journal of Roentgenology and Radium Therapy, Springfield, 1947, 57: 42-49.

    Arteriovenous fistula of the lung.
    E. A Lawrence and W. R. Rumel. The Journal of Thoracic Surgery, St. Louis, 1950, 20: 142.

    Psychiatric complications of mitral surgery. Report of death after electroshock therapy.
    Eugene L. Bliss, William R. Rumel, C. H. Hardin Branch.
    AMA Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, Chicago, 1955, 74 (3): 249-252.

    The surgical treatment of tetralogy of Fallot.
    W. R. Rumel. Diseases of the Chest, Chicago, 1958, 34: 103.

    The Correction of Mitral Insufficiency With a Trans-Valvular Polyvinyl Formalinized Plastic (Ivalon) Sponge Prosthesis: A Preliminary Report.
    William Ray Rumel and Preston R. Cutler.
    Diseases of the Chest, Chicago, April 1958, 33: 401-413. 

    Bilateral pulmonary resection for metastatic osteogenic sarcoma.
    W. R. Rumel, P. R. Cutler, W. R. Halliday.
    Diseases of the Chest, Chicago, 1959, 85: 106.

    Surgical reconstruction of the mitral valve.
    W. R. Rumel, C. C. Vaughn, and R. A. Guibone.
    The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Boston, 1969, 8: 289-296.

    Surgery for Coronary Heart Disease, 1969-1971 : Report of the Subcommittee, Committee on Cardiovascular Surgery, American College of Chest Physicians.
    Angelo M. May, William E. Neville, William R. Rumel and Milton V. Davis.
    Chest, April 1973, 63 (4): 615-617.

    Who was William Ray Rumel?
    David R. Welling, Norman M. Rich, David G. Burris, Kenneth D. Boffard and William de Vries
    World Journal of Surgery, September 2008, 32 (9): 2122-2125.

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