Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Case Histories of Significant Medical Advances

39 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2019 Last revised: 9 Jun 2021

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Amar Bhide

Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Srikant Datar

Harvard University - Accounting & Control Unit

Fabio Villa

University Hospitals of Geneva

Date Written: May 15, 2021

Abstract

We describe how Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG, or more popularly, “bypass”) operations revolutionized the treatment of coronary disease (that can produce fatal heart attacks and debilitating angina). We first provide a simplified overview of coronary disease and the treatments available in 2000. The remaining sections chronicle the: 1) development of the foundational procedures and technologies that provided a base for CABG; 2) pioneering CABG operations performed in the 1960s; 3) rapid – and controversial growth – that occurred in the US in the 1970s and, 4) emergence and rapid diffusion of the less invasive angioplasty alternative in the last two decades of the 20th century.

Keywords: Health Care and Treatment, Technological Innovation, Innovation Strategy, Technology Adoption, Collaborative Innovation and Invention, Innovation and Invention, Governing Rules Regulations and Reforms

Suggested Citation

Bhide, Amar and Datar, Srikant and Villa, Fabio, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Case Histories of Significant Medical Advances (May 15, 2021). Harvard Business School Accounting & Management Unit Working Paper No. 20-010 (2019), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3427408 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3427408

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Fabio Villa

University Hospitals of Geneva

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