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SynCardia Co-Founder Honored with Pioneer in Transplantation Award at ISHLT
Date:5/16/2013

rk and developed what is known today as the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart."

Over the course of his career, Dr. Copeland has performed more than 100 implants of the Total Artificial Heart. His countless contributions to this life-saving technology include advancing surgical techniques, patient care protocols and anticoagulation (blood) management, as well as serving as the Principal Investigator for the 10-year pivotal clinical study. This study produced the highest bridge to transplant rate, 79%, of all approved mechanical circulatory support devices, and resulted in FDA approval of the Total Artificial Heart as a bridge to transplant on Oct. 15, 2004.

"In 2001, Jack, along with two colleagues, formed SynCardia Systems, Inc. to take over ownership of this technology from the University of Arizona, and in 2008, the company achieved reimbursement approval from Medicare for the Total Artificial Heart," said Dr. Hess. "These successes have led to international acceptance and utilization of this technology - all due to the brilliance and work ethic of a single pioneer."

After heading the cardiothoracic surgery program at the University of Arizona for 33 years, Dr. Copeland joined the faculty of UC San Diego in July 2010. Besides his pioneering work with the Total Artificial Heart, Dr. Copeland also performed Arizona's first heart-lung transplant in 1985 and the first U.S. implant of a pediatric ventricular assist device designed for newborns and small children in 20
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