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Heart Surgery Pioneer Dies

December 19, 1987

CHICAGO (AP) _ Dr. Ormand C. Julian, who helped perform the world’s first heart bypass surgery in the 1940s, has died at age 74.

Julian died Friday at San Rafael, Calif., said Carolyn Reed, spokeswoman for Chicago’s Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. She did not disclose the cause of death.

Julian had a longtime affiliation with Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s and served as chairman of the hospital’s department of cardiovascular-thoracic surgery from 1970 until 1972.

Julian and his associate, Dr. William S. Dye Jr., performed a heart bypass operation in the mid-1940s at Hines Veterans Administration Hospital in Chicago, Ms. Reed said.

Julian later suffered from heart disease but at first was not considered a suitable candidate for coronary bypass surgery, a procedure he had done so much to develop, Ms. Reed said.

When his conditioned worsened, the surgey was performed in 1974 at Rush- Presbyterian-St. Luke’s, and Julian lived 13 more years.

His research in the surgical aspects of cardiac and vascular disease led to the publication of more than 150 articles in this field. He was a member of numerous scientific, professional and charitable organizations.

He continued to be active in his retirement, and helped start a cardiovascular surgery program at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Details on the memorial services were not immediately announced.

Julian is survived by his wife, Rosemary; a son, William of Las Cruces, N.M.; and a daughter, Gail Juley of Sebastopol, Calif.

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