Doctor Rene Favaloro: doctor, inventor, humanist
Max Valentinuzzi was on my show several times talking about his favorite subject – Argentine Tango. I met Max (via internet & phone) thanks to Bob Barnes, the leader of Mandragora Tango Orchestra.
Since Max is a bio-engineering scientist, I asked him once: “Is it true that the coronary bi-pass procedure was invented in Argentina?” No, it was not true. But the doctor who invented it was an Argentine and Max knew him very well.
This is a brief story of doctor Rene Favaloro, a scientist, a humanist, a patriot and a human being who was larger than life. Max Valentinuzzi told it to me via phone in September, 2008.
Max also wrote the Wikipedia article about Rene Favaloro.
Mandragora Tango Orchestra – El Garron
Franco Luciani – Los ejes de mi careta [this folk song was a background for the
story] – Tango y Armonica
Franco Luciani – Sur – Tango y armonica
Hugo Diaz – La vieja – A los cuatro vientos
Favaloro Foundation (Spanish)
Favaloro University (Spanish)
Wikipedia article about Rene Favaloro
Obituary by American Heart Association
Obituary in Telegraph (UK)
Rene Favaloro: 1923-2000: Heart Surgeon Biography – Interest In Medicine Began Early, Returned To Argentina, Clinic Struggled With Financial Difficulty
Rene Favaloro, The Challenging Dream of Heart Surgery: From the Pampas to Cleveland (English) autobiography written in 1994
William Stoney, The Pioneers of Cardiac Surgery (English), the essay by Dwight Harken, mentioned by Max, is in this book