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World Renowned Total Artificial Heart Pioneer Dr. Jack Copeland Joins Faculty at UC San Diego
Date:6/29/2010

Acclaimed Heart Surgeon Made World’s Only Approved Total Artificial Heart a Reality

Tucson, Ariz. (Vocus) June 29, 2010 -- On July 1, Total Artificial Heart pioneer and world renowned heart surgeon, Dr. Jack Copeland, will join the faculty at the new $227 million Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla.

“If it weren’t for Dr. Copeland’s decades of work, the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart would not be the world’s only approved Total Artificial Heart today,” said Rodger Ford, CEO of SynCardia Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the Total Artificial Heart. “Dr. Copeland’s tireless efforts helped make the Total Artificial Heart the world’s most successful bridge to transplant device. He has and will continue to play a vital role in training new SynCardia Certified Centers, proctoring their first implants and improving patient outcomes.”

Dr. Copeland made medical history in 1979 when he performed Arizona’s first heart transplant, and again in 1985, when he became the first surgeon to successfully use the Jarvik 7 artificial heart as a temporary bridge to transplant. The first five implants of this artificial heart had been for permanent use only.

Dr. Copeland’s numerous contributions to the Total Artificial Heart include advancing surgical technique, patient care protocols and anticoagulation (blood management), and serving as the Principal Investigator of the

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