LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The University of Kentucky's new surgical chief is aiming to put U-K on the medical map as a leader in the development of the artificial lung.
Doctor Joseph P. "Jay" Zwischenberger, a Kentucky native, has been working on plans for an artificial lung for 25 years. He brought the project with him when he came from the University of Texas to become chairman of surgery at U-K in May.
He says, if things go well, he hopes to implant one of the devices in a patient at U-K within about three years.
Researchers have been attempting to create an artificial lung since the 1930s, and now they might be getting close.
Zwischenberger says patients who receive an artificial lung would use them for days or weeks while patients awaited lifesaving transplants.
He estimates that more than two-thousand patients could use the artificial lung each year.
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