Gleb Solovyev

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 11 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1187

Pioneering cardiac surgeon whose career was ruined after his attempt at heart transplantation

Gleb Mikhailovich Solovyev was a brilliant surgeon who developed and introduced about 30 new operations in cardiovascular and transplant surgery. These included a new method of circular suture of blood vessels (which is now in the textbooks on operative surgery), original approaches to congenital and acquired heart diseases, implantation of valve prostheses, first repeated kidney transplantation, and the second attempt at heart transplantation in the former Soviet Union. He was the first director of the Research Institute for Organ and Tissue Transplantation (now the Research Institute of Transplantology and Artificial Organs) in Moscow from 1969 to 1974.

Solovyev suggested his new circular method of suturing blood vessels while a student at the Moscow State Medical Institute N1. This later became the subject of his kandidatskaya dissertation or PhD thesis.

In 1955 Solovyev becomes the assistant of Boris Petrovsky (obituary BMJ 2004;328: 1381). In his book Memoirs of a Cardiac Surgeon (2002), Solovyev included an essay about his teacher at the …

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