The Starr-Edwards Artificial Heart Valve: Historical Sources

Guide to OHSU Library resources on the history of the Starr-Edwards artificial heart valve

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The Starr-Edwards Artificial Heart Valve: Historical Sources

In 1958, M. Lowell Edwards and Albert Starr, MD, met at University of Oregon Medical School (now OHSU) and began collaborating on the development of an artificial heart valve. After many stages of research and development, the first successful heart valve replacement operation took place in 1960. The Starr-Edwards heart valve saved thousands of lives, and became a defining moment in the history of the university.

OHSU Historical Collections & Archives, a department of OHSU Library, holds archival materials documenting Starr and Edwards' achievement. These unique resources include photographs, manuscripts, publications, and artifacts. OHSU Library also holds oral history interviews and research publications relating to the development of the Starr-Edwards heart valve. All of these materials are available for research.

Selected materials from these collections were displayed in an exhibit at OHSU Library in Fall 2011.


This guide was compiled as part of the M. Lowell Edwards Public History Project, made possible by a grant from the Edwards Lifesciences Fund.

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