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John Waldhausen, MD, a founding leader of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, died May 15 at the age of 82. Dr. Waldhausen served as the founding chair of the Department of Surgery at the school’s Medical Center and the College of Medicine, and led the department for over 25 years. He also served as interim provost and dean of the College of Medicine from 1972–1973. Dr. Waldhausen worked to establish many successful programs still recognized for excellence at Penn State Hershey, and is credited with personally recruiting artificial heart pioneer, William Pierce, to the school.
Dr. Waldhausen developed the subclavian flap angioplasty, which was the standard treatment for aortic coarctation for many years. He was actively involved in the development of the artificial heart and assisted circulation programs, and developed the congenital heart program at …
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