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Millard Fillmore Gates Celebrates 50th Anniversary of First Successful Pacemaker Implantation
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Physicians and leaders at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the world’s first successful pacemaker implantation.

Andrew Gage, MD, one of two surgeons responsible for the historic milestone, was honored for his medical achievement, which took place at the hospital in 1960.

Dr. Gage (now age 88), collaborated with another University at Buffalo surgeon, William Chardack, MD, as well as Wilson Greatbatch, who was a former associate professor of electrical engineering at UB.  Greatbatch then further developed the pacemaker battery, founding what today is internationally known as Greatbatch Inc.

Dr. Gage was given a plaque from Kaleida Health to commemorate his contributions as well as a proclamation from Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown designating it “Dr. Andrew Gage Day” in Buffalo.

The trio began to work with an implantable pacemaker in May 1958.  After a year and one-half of animal experimentation, they considered it ready for human use in 1960.  The first actual pacemaker operation occurred at the Veteran’s Administration (VA) Hospital in Buffalo, but the patient passed away two days after.

A second patient became available at Millard Fillmore Hospital, and it was a success. Dr. Gage and Dr. Chardack, with technical assistance from Greatbatch, performed 16 pacemaker operations that year.

The timing of this historical event coincides with the soon to be completed heart & vascular institute on the emerging Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

With the growth and demand created by the Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital’s neurovascular and cardiac programs combined with the growth of the Buffalo General Hospital cardiac program, Kaleida Health will be shifting these premier services - brain, heart, stroke, and vascular- to the $291 million facility that is being built.

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