Stanley K. Brockman, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Dies at the Age of 77


Dr. Stanley K. Brockman, 77, a pioneer in cardiothoracic surgery who worked on developing the pacemaker, died Dec. 3. He also contributed to the work that allowed coronary artery bypass surgery to become a commonplace procedure.

Brockman graduated from Boston College and Boston University School of Medicine. He was an intern and Harvey Cushing Fellow at Johns Hopkins University. After two years at the National Institutes of Health, where he did seminal research in cardiac physiology, he continued training at Vanderbilt University Hospital, completing a cardiothoracic fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., before returning to the teaching staff at Vanderbilt.

During his years at Vanderbilt, he was the recipient of the Mead Johnson Award for graduate training and surgery, and the Career Development Award from the U.S. Public Health Service.

Brockman left Vanderbilt to head a new division of cardiothoracic surgery at the Michael Reese Medical Center, an affiliate of the University of Chicago. He left to come to Philadelphia as professor and chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Later, Brockman became professor and chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and chairman of the Cardiac Research Program at Hahnemann University Hospital. He also established the clinical-perfusion program at the Hahnemann University School of Allied Health, founded Hahnemann's cardiac-transplant program, and initiated the development of Hahnemann's Heart Hospital. He retired in 1998.

Among Brockman's many achievements, he was the first to perform open-heart surgery on a patient with hemophilia, and published more than 200 articles and contributed to numerous medical textbooks.

He received many honors and awards during his 45-year career, including the endowment of the Stanley K. Brockman Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Hahnemann.

Brockman is survived by his wife of 47 years, Yvonne Brockman; daughters Leslie Greenfield and Karen Brockman; sons Eric Brockman and Douglas Brockman; and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to: the Guide-Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., 371 E. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, N.Y. 11787, or the Simon Wiesenthal Center, 1399 South Roxbury Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90035.



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