History Made: An interview with Jefferson’s Dr. Greco, a member of the surgical team that performed the first open-heart surgery

Dr. Victor Greco (left) speaks with Ryan Baumuller (right) in the One Button Studio (OBS)

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) recently added an interview with alumnus Dr. Victor Greco to its collection. In the recorded interview, Dr. Greco reflected on his notable career and told stories about his historical time at Jefferson and experiences after leaving the university, which included being the personal physician for boxer Muhammad Ali. Watch the interview here.

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.

Watch the interview to learn more about Dr. Greco’s story and browse other oral histories.