Critical Care Pioneer to Give Lillehei Lecture

The 2018 C. Walton Lillehei lecturer will be Robert H. Bartlett, MD, a ground-breaking and internationally recognized medical researcher, surgeon, and professor. He will give a talk on “The History and Evolution of ECMO.”

C. Walton Lillehei Lecture

Tuesday, January 30
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Robert H. Bartlett, MD

Dr. Bartlett is best known for developing this lifesaving heart-lung technology. When Dr. Bartlett and his team first started using ECMO, the mortality rate for infants with lung failure was 90%; eventually, the survival rate became 90%. Primarily used in the beginning for babies in critical condition, ECMO is now the dominant short-term life support mechanical technology worldwide.

“The concept of using mechanical devices to keep people with no heart or lung function alive is new in the last 50 years,” explained Dr. Bartlett. “No one believed you could do that, and now we do it routinely.”

The Lillehei lecture honors C. Walton Lillehei, MD, one of the world’s preeminent cardiac surgeons who was considered to be the “father of open heart surgery.”