Close to the Sun: The Journey of a Pioneer Heart Surgeon (Not for Online)

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About the Author

Stuart Jamieson's research at Stanford University in the late 1970s revolutionized heart transplantation through the development of the anti-rejection drug cyclosporin, which also made lung transplantation possible. Named a "Living Legend" by the World Society of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, he is the author of two books and more than 500 scientific papers, including the original descriptions of the techniques used for both heart/lung and double lung transplantation.

Dr. Jamieson is the Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Distinguished Professor of Surgery, and Dean of Cardiovascular Affairs at the University of California, San Diego. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, and a Doctor Honoris Causa of the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich.

Away from the hospital, Dr. Jamieson is a cattle rancher and commercial helicopter pilot, and collects and studies ancient medical manuscripts and antique watches.


"To those of us senior surgeons who witnessed or participated in that golden era, it is priceless." --Dr. Denton Cooley, American heart surgeon, Founder of the Texas Heart Institute, famous for performing the first implantation of a total artificial heart
"Stuart Jamieson's life experiences from early childhood to the present have taken me through the gamut of emotions. His roots are in Africa, but his fruition in an All-American story." --Dr. Leonard Bailey, Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Surgeon-in-Chief at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital
"A literary spellbinder that has important implications in geopolitics as well as medical science." --Dr. Thomas Starzl, American physician and researcher, who performed the first successful liver transplant
"A fascinating account of a life full of challenges and achievements, both in cardiac surgery and heart transplantation." --Sir Terence English KBE FRCS, Former President of Royal College of Surgeons of England
"Even readers who have never heard of cyclosporin or been inside an operating room will relish this account, which is set in Africa, England, and the United States. A well-told story by a man of great accomplishment who is clearly proud--and rightly so." --Kirkus Reviews
"Stuart Jamieson has written a page-turner." --Dr. Peter Fielding, Retired Professor of Clinical Surgery and Healthcare Consultant