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Robert Jarvik

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Inventor

The Resume

    (May 11, 1946- )
    Born in Midland, Michigan
    Developed the Jarvik-7 artificial heart
    Jarvik-7 was first implanted in patient Barney Clark (December 2, 1982)

Why he might be annoying:

    Although he received an MD degree, he was never licensed to practice medicine.
    He wore surgical scrubs at press conferences updating Clark's condition.
    Patients receiving the Jarvik-7 usually either suffered debilitating strokes due to blood clotting or developed life-threatening infections caused by the incisions required to attach the artificial heart to an external compressor.
    The health problems led to a ban on the permanent implantation of the Jarvik-7.
    He became a spokesperson for the anti-cholesterol medication Lipitor.
    He is married to Marilyn Vos Savant.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He invented several surgical tools as a teenager.
    He became interested in medicine after his father underwent open-heart surgery.
    The Jarvik-7 can be used for up to 30 days on patients waiting for transplants.
    He has continued improving the Jarvik-7, writing that the ultimate artificial heart must be 'more than functional, reliable and dependable. It must be forgettable.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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