The Man Behind the Clagett Procedure: Dr Oscar Theron “Jim” Clagett

Pouya Hemmati, Arman Arghami, Joseph A. Dearani, Hartzell V. Schaff, Richard C. Daly, Francis C. Nichols

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Dr O.T. “Jim” Clagett was a pioneer in surgery of the great vessels and thorax. The procedure that bears his name for treatment of postpneumonectomy empyema was only one of his many innovations in aortic, lung, and esophageal surgery. He performed over 35,000 operations and trained over 115 residents during his tenure at Mayo Clinic. His distinguished career highlights include: helping develop the field of cardiothoracic surgery during its infancy, starting the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program at Mayo Clinic, serving in numerous institutional and national leadership roles, and countless awards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1087-1089
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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