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Ramsey on the Road: Students hear about heart replacements from renowned expert

by UofL Today last modified Nov 12, 2009 09:12 AM

Advanced placement students in Kentucky’s Meade County and Breckinridge County high schools got a firsthand demonstration of an artificial heart Sept. 24 when University of Louisville heart surgeon Laman Gray joined President James Ramsey on his state outreach tour.

Gray, who implanted the first completely self-contained replacement heart in a human patient in 2001, talked about the future of medical devices that could replace failing human hearts.

On each stop of the tour, Ramsey is meeting with outstanding high school students and encouraging them to continue their educations, stressing that a changing job market will require employees to have a college degree.

He also has stressed the positive aspects of attending UofL, including small class sizes, a vibrant student life and the chance to work with groundbreaking researchers like Gray.

Throughout the tour, Gray and the other traveling faculty, have spoken about their groundbreaking research to smaller groups of 30 to 40 A.P. students. Jason Chesney has described his work in cancer research. Scott Whittemore’ unique work on spinal cord regeneration and Kerri Remmel’s nationally recognized efforts in rehabilitating stroke patients have interested the students to whom they’ve spoken.

The outreach tour will continue throughout the fall, with Ramsey, other faculty, alumni and others visiting top students in high schools in Louisville and the rest of the state.   

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