Lenox Hill and the Beginning of Angioplasty: 35 Years of Innovation in Cardiology

In the mid-1970s, pioneering cardiologist Simon Stertzer caught wind of a new exciting therapy being developed in Switzerland. In his own kitchen, cardiologist and inventor Andreas Grunzig had been Krazy-gluing small balloons onto catheters and using this new device to open blockages in coronary arteries. Then director of the Lenox Hill catheterization lab, Dr. Stertzer worked with Dr. Grunzig to develop this new therapy. Just a few months later, he performed the first balloon angioplasty in America at Lenox Hill Hospital. This video celebrates his courage and innovation.

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