Clarence Walton Lillehei

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Clarence Walton Lillehei was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota back in 1918 to Clarence and Elizabeth.  He attended West High School graduating in 1935.  After graduation, he attended the University of Minnesota earing 4 degrees including a B.S. (with distinction) in 1939, his M.D. (alpha Omega Alpha) in 1942, his M.S. in physiology in 1951, and his Ph.D. in surgery in 1951.

He trained more than 150 cardiac surgeons from 40 nations.  In 1967, he was appointed to the Lewis Atterbury Stimson professor and chairman of the surgery department at Cornell Medical Center, New York.  He returned to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1975, where he became the director of medical affairs at St. Jude Medical.  He died in 1999, he was 80.

What you may not know about Clarence is that he was the surgeon who pioneered open-heart surgery, as well as numerous techniques, equipment and prostheses for   cardiothoracic surgery.  He was responsible for the world’s first use of a battery-powered pacemaker.

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Comments (19)

Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Procedures that have been perfected and help many live longer lives!

Make yourself an awesome day.

Jun 12, 2021 04:26 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Wow, did not know.  the battery operated pace maker.  Enjoy the weekend, and thanks again for the post.  Bill Salvatore


Jun 12, 2021 04:56 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Clarence was a pioneer whose contributions lead to so much more. Enjoy your day.

Jun 12, 2021 05:28 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

God gave Clarence amazing talent James Dray . If I am remembering correctly St. Jude's hospital treats children free who have very serious medical problems.

Jun 12, 2021 05:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... the contributions of Clarence Lillehei to medical advancement cannot be overstated.

Jun 12, 2021 05:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Dr Lillehei's name was unknown to me - his intellect and ingenuity served him well.  

Jun 12, 2021 05:41 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is amazing how far that field has come and it sounds like he is a big reason why people are surviving major heart problems.

Jun 12, 2021 06:02 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a great day.

Jun 12, 2021 06:39 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

He certainly contributed significantly to the cardiac world. Quite impressive credentials!

Jun 12, 2021 09:40 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I would bet that my neighbor, who is a prominent cardiothoracic surgeon in Wichita Kansas, knew of him. 

Jun 12, 2021 09:45 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Wayne - those procedures have become routine thanks to his ground breaking work.

Jun 12, 2021 10:07 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is a new one for me as many of your posts are.  What an accomplishment this man created for those with heart problems.  A

Jun 12, 2021 10:10 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

James- for the many who have heart issues, this man is a lifesaver!!!

Jun 12, 2021 11:33 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

James, that is certainly a life well lived. Some people do make some amazing contributions.

Jun 12, 2021 12:02 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there James! I was not aware of this story. I always thought the first was Christian Barnhart

Jun 12, 2021 12:43 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thank you for sharing the story of Clarence Lillehei.  His work is having a lasting impression on many people.  He provided great advancement in heart care and repair.

Jun 12, 2021 02:49 PM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James,

What a wonderful gift he gave to the world with his intellect and ability!

Jun 14, 2021 04:36 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow James, I bet so many people where happy that he invented these.  I wish it would of help my brother in law.


Jun 15, 2021 10:28 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

There are so many people who are benefitting from pacemaker these days and who have Clarence Walton Lillehei to thank.

Oct 23, 2021 04:47 PM