Forest Dewey Dodrill

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Forest Dewey Dodrill was born in Webster Springs, West Virginia back in 1902. He earned his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in 1925. After graduation, he went to the Harvard Medical School, graduating in 1930. He did his residency at the Harper Hospital in Detroit where he became a staff surgeon.

He continued his education at the University of Michigan receiving a Master of Surgery Degree in 1942. However, what he is most noted for was something that he did on July 3, 1952. On that day, he operated on Henry Opitek, it was the first successful open-heart surgery, using a machine developed by hi and researchers at General Motors. That machine the Dodrill-GMR was the first operational mechanical heart used by performing open heart surgery.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray and look where we are mother had her entire aortic arch replaced and they told her it would give her another 10 years.... well, she's going on 20 years this year.....  and that process along with many others including organ replacements all began with one person.... Forest Dodrill....

Jan 19, 2020 04:12 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. The progress in heart surgery began way back in 1952 and many are very thankful. Enjoy your day!

Jan 19, 2020 04:37 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Amazing, James, the strides that have been made in open heart surgery in the past 70 years... and Dr. Dodrill no doubt paved the way to these advances.

Jan 19, 2020 05:05 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He was the start of open heart surgery that have saved so many folks up and to today.

Jan 19, 2020 05:20 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I did not previously know the name or the story of Dr Dordrill.  The General Motors connection was also news to me although their association with Detroit makes it more obvious.  

Jan 19, 2020 05:23 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

So many procedures from the '50s and '60s extend our lives.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 19, 2020 05:31 AM #7
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James,


It's nice to have this man celebrated for his skill. The world knows Christian Barnard and Michael DeBakey but not necessarily Dodrill. Thank you for indroducing him to us.

Jan 19, 2020 06:04 AM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Very cool James Dray . Indirectly I have been a beneficiary of his work with having had 3 stints put in...  heart surgery may very well be in my future.

Jan 19, 2020 06:11 AM #9
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Wow! Dr. Dodrill paved the way with his invention. It's amazing to see the improvements that have been made for open heart surgery! Thank you..I've never heard of him and he needs to be recognized.

Jan 19, 2020 07:05 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

He did a great thing that has helped save many lives.

Jan 19, 2020 07:12 AM #11
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What a fascinating story about a very creative guy.

Jan 19, 2020 08:10 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a fascinating story about the first mechanical heart.  There is talk of printing 3D kidneys now also.  A

Jan 19, 2020 09:00 AM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You were right about things we take for granted in the world today in your comment on my post today. Thank you for your daily reminder!

Enjoy your Sunday James Dray 

Jan 19, 2020 09:26 AM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

The collaboration between Forest & GM served Henry well. Their success benefitted countless people in the years ahead.

Jan 19, 2020 12:22 PM #15
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - that was just the beginning and many owe him for this.

Jan 19, 2020 12:54 PM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I can't tell you how many people owe this gentleman a great deal thanks!!!

Jan 19, 2020 01:32 PM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

What a brilian invention that was, and think of all that it led to in the medical field since that time! If he only knew!


Jan 19, 2020 05:07 PM #18
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the story of the amazing Dr. Dodrill.  His medical invention has saved so many lives. 

Jan 19, 2020 07:07 PM #19
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

No telling how many people have continued living, including my Father, my husband and so many relatives.

Jan 21, 2020 05:25 AM #20
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

The achievement of Mr. Dodrill has certainly been a benefit for all of mankind.

Feb 03, 2020 04:58 PM #21
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