Victor Greco

Victor Greco


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Dr. Greco was a member of the Jefferson team that performed the first successful open-heart surgery in 1953 using the Heart-Lung Machine developed at Jefferson by John H. Gibbon, Jr., M.D. ‘27. During his distinguished career as a Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Greco was the recipient of numerous accolades. He was a member of the advisory council to the director of the National Institutes of Health, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and a member of the State Board of Medicine appointed by then Governor Casey. Dr. Greco was also nominated to serve on President Clinton’s National Health Board and received UNICO’s prestigious Marconi Science Award in 2012.

Publication Date

Fall 2019




Jefferson Medical College, alumni, oral histories, University of Scranton, heart-lung machine, surgery, John H. Gibbon, Cecelia Bavolek, Muhammad Ali


History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Medicine and Health Sciences | Surgery


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Interview was conducted by Ryan Baumuller with Dr. Victor Greco in Fall 2019

Victor Greco