Monday, March 27, 2006

Joel Cooper: “Father of Lung Transplant"

It saddened me to read that one of my all time heroes, Dr. Joel Cooper, was forced to retire from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, MO because of a mandatory retirement age of 65. You can read about it in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article that indicates Dr. Cooper is suing for age discrimination.

Dr. Cooper broke the lung transplant barrier when he perfomed the first successful lung transplant in the world at Toronto General Hospital. On November 7, 1983, Tom Hall received a single-lung transplant that opened the door for people like me to have a second chance at life.

They say that when a door closes another opens and I was pleased to learn that Dr. Cooper has accepted a position as Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Health Sciences.

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