Happy Birthday to Rene Geronimo Favaloro

July 14, 1923 was the birthday of Rene Geronimo Favaloro, a pioneering heart surgeon, health care provider, and humanitarian.  Favaloro graduated from medical school in Argentina, and completed post graduate studies in Buenos Aires and the Cleveland Clinic.  Favaloro performed the world’s first documented heart bypass surgery in 1972.  His great heart was undone by his passionate commitment to providing free, quality healthcare services to Argentina’s poor.  Although he was celebrated by the world, he was not well recognized by the Argentine establishment, and his clinic, The Favaloro Foundation, became mired in financial difficulty as it served patients who could not pay. The distraught Favaloro took his own life in July 2000.

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