Tennessee Medicine E-Journal


Abstract: During the 1960s and much of the 1970s modern cardiovascular surgery was limited to a few major medical centers in large cities. Kingsport is an industrial city in northeast Tennessee with a population of 50,000 and the home of Eastman Kodak (later Eastman Chemical) Corporation, with a progressive civic government, medical community and school system. We present the history of cardiothoracic surgery in Kingsport, Tennessee and the training and early career of cardiac surgeons Dr. David H Sewell and Dr. Richard A. Feit and their mentors including Dr. Richard L. Lower, Dr. RJ Cleveland, and Dr. Norman Shumway as it reflects the development of cardiac surgery as a specialty with healthcare services that would became broadly available to the American public.