Medicine: New Beat

Utah loses a famed surgeon

Hearts at the University of Utah surely skipped a beat last week when Dr. William DeVries, 40, the pioneer surgeon who in 1982 implanted an artificial heart in retired Dentist Barney Clark, made a surprise announcement: he is resigning from the Salt Lake City medical center to join Humana Heart Institute International in Louisville. The institute is owned by Humana Inc., which operates a chain of 90 hospitals in the U.S. and three foreign countries.

DeVries had grown frustrated by the nine-month delay in getting a go-ahead from the Utah medical center for a second implant. Said DeVries:...

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