Denton Cooley
Denton Cooley

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Name: Denton Cooley
Occupation: Surgeons
Gender: Male
Birth Day: August 22, 1920
Death Date: November 18, 2016(2016-11-18) (aged 96)
Houston, Texas
Age: Aged 96
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, United States
Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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Denton Cooley

Denton Cooley was born on August 22, 1920 in Houston, Texas, United States (96 years old). Denton Cooley is a Surgeons, zodiac sign: Virgo. Find out Denton Cooleynet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

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As per our current Database, Denton Cooley died on November 18, 2016(2016-11-18) (aged 96)
Houston, Texas.

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Cooley was born August 22, 1920, in Houston, and graduated in 1941 from the University of Texas at Austin (UT), where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Texas Cowboys, played on the basketball team, and majored in zoology. He became interested in surgery through several pre-medical classes he attended in college and began his medical education at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He completed his medical degree and his surgical training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, where he also completed his internship. At Johns Hopkins, he worked with Dr. Alfred Blalock and assisted in the first "Blue Baby" procedure to correct an infant's congenital heart defect.


In 1946, Cooley was called to active duty with the Army Medical Corps and served as chief of surgical services at the station hospital in Linz, Austria. He was discharged in 1948 with the rank of captain and returned to complete his residency at Johns Hopkins, where he remained as an instructor in surgery. In 1950, he went to London to work with Russell Brock at the Royal Brompton Hospital.


In 1960, Cooley moved his practice to St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital while continuing to teach at Baylor. In 1962, he founded The Texas Heart Institute with private funds and, following a dispute with DeBakey, resigned his position at Baylor in 1969.


He and his colleagues worked on developing new artificial heart valves from 1962 to 1967. During that period, mortality for heart valve transplants fell from 70% to 8%. In 1969, he became the first heart surgeon to implant an artificial heart designed by Domingo Liotta in a man, Haskell Karp, who lived for 65 hours. The next year, in 1970, "he performed the first implantation of an artificial heart in a human when no heart replacement was immediately available."


On March 13, 1972, the Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society was founded at the Texas Heart Institute by the Residents and Fellows of Cooley to honor him. Founding President Philip S. Chua had envisioned this exclusive society to foster academic, professional, and personal camaraderie among cardiac surgeons in the United States and around the world through scientific seminars and symposia. There are now more than 900 cardiac surgeons from more than 50 countries around the globe who are members of the Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society. In the HBO film Something the Lord Made, Cooley was portrayed by Timothy J. Scanlin, Jr.


Cooley filed for bankruptcy in 1988, citing real estate debts during a market downturn.


During the 2000 U.S. presidential election, Cooley was asked by then-candidate George W. Bush to review vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney's medical records, particularly concerning the status of his chronic heart condition.


Cooley's interests included basketball, which he played in high school and as a three-year letterman for the UT men's basketball team (1939–1941), and golf, which he became interested in during his youth and played for 68 years. The practice and training facility of the UT men's and women's basketball teams, the Denton A. Cooley Pavilion, which opened in 2003, was named in his honor. Among his other outside interests, Cooley played upright bass in a swing band called The Heartbeats from 1965 through the early 1970s.


Cooley and the heart surgeon Michael E. DeBakey had a professional rivalry that lasted more than 40 years; they made amends in a public rapprochement in 2007, when DeBakey was 99 years old and Cooley was 87. Cooley died on November 18, 2016, at the age of 96.

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#1 Florence Cooley Children N/A N/A N/A
#2 Mary Craddock Children N/A N/A N/A
#3 Helen Fraser Children N/A N/A N/A
#4 Louise Davis Children N/A N/A N/A
#5 Susan Cooley Children N/A N/A N/A
#6 Louise Goldborough Thomas Spouse N/A N/A N/A

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