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René Favaloro: Google Doodle honours pioneering Argentinian heart surgeon

Dr René Favaloro, a pioneering Argentinian surgeon remembered for his contributions to coronary bypass surgery, is being remembered with a special Google Doodle on what would have been his 96th birthday.

Favaloro, a Buenos Aires native, is credited with bringing coronary bypass surgery into the clinical field – though he was reluctant to be called the “father” of such a procedure.

Born in La Plata on on 12 July,1923, Favaloro graduated in 1948 from La Plata University with a medical degree.

He began his career as a country doctor in the province of La Pampa, where during 12 years he “educated his patients about preventive medicine, established the first ‘mobile’ blood bank in this area, and built his own operating room, where he trained general and surgical nurses,” per a tribute written by Dr Denton A Cooley following Favaloro’s death in 2000.

Favaloro joined the Cleveland Clinic in 1962 and pursued his interest in t
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