Heart surgeon Copeland joins faculty at UC San Diego

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Heart Surgeon Jack Copeland, MD, will join the faculty of the new $227 million Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla.

In 1979, Copeland performed Arizona’s first heart transplant, and in 1985, he became the first surgeon to successfully use the Jarvik 7 artificial heart as a temporary bridge to transplant. The first five implants of this artificial heart had been for permanent use only.

Copeland is a founder and past president of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. He also performed the first U.S. implant of a pediatric ventricular assist device designed for newborns and small children. Copeland also served as the principal investigator of the 10-year pivotal clinical study of the Total Artificial Heart for SynCardia Systems.