James A. Wood, M.D. is a notable University of Oregon Medical School alumni and former faculty member. This interview predominantly covers Dr. Wood’s involvement in the development of the Starr-Edwards heart valve. Dr. Wood discusses his introductions to both Dr. Starr and Mr. Lowell Edwards, among other important figures in cardiology at the time, and recounts the testing, manufacturing, technological, financial, and surgical aspects of the heart valve, along with challenges and eventually-clear successes. The interview also touches on the response in the science and research community that the innovation received and discussion of some further progress that has developed as a result.
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