Dr. Robert Bartlett, Surgeon and Inventor: Reflections On A Life In Medicine

This event was held on October 26, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Ann Arbor's own Dr. Robert Bartlett will reflect on his amazing career as a doctor, inventor and, most recently, a writer of fiction. For many years, Dr. Bartlett was professor of surgery at the U-M Medical School, director of critical care/general surgery, and director of surgical intensive care at the U-M Health System. One of his greatest achievements, however, is as a pioneer in the development of prolonged extracorporeal circulation, including development of the technique for respiratory failure in newborn infants and children. His most recent role is of author, and he has penned a new work of fiction entitled 'Salem Syndrome: A Novel of Medicine and Law.'

Bartlett led the development of ECMO, an artificial lung that can oxygenate the blood of those who have experienced acute heart or lung failure. In 1975, Dr. Bartlett used the then little known device to successfully treat a newborn infant with respiratory failure. Since then, ECMO has helped to save the lives of literally tens of thousands of patients.

Dr. Bartlett is also one of a team of four that launched the University of Michigan Health System's Breast Care Center in 1984. He also developed the field of critical care medicine at Michigan, and was director of the internationally recognized Surgical Intensive Care unit for 25 years.

He is a recipient of the Medal of Special Recognition from the National Academy of Surgery of France, the McGraw Medal of the Detroit Surgical Association, and the Medallion for Scientific Achievement from the American Surgical Association.

Bartlett also was the recipient of the Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons for the year 2003, in honor of his work in the development and establishment of the first ECMO program. He is the author of more than 450 articles, monographs, chapters and books.

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