René Favaloro Biography, Wiki, Age, Death, Family, Google Doodle

Rene Favaloro
Rene Favaloro

René Favaloro Bio: He was a cardiac surgeon from Argentina, He was known for his pioneering work on coronary artery bypass surgery.


Quick Biography
Birth Date 12 July 1923
Birth Place La Plata, Argentina
Death Date 29 July 2000
Age 77 years
Profession surgeon
Spouse María Antonia Delgado
Education National University of La Plata
Awards Canada Gairdner International Award
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René Favaloro Biography

He was born on 12 July 1923, and raised in La Plata. his grandparents were Sicilians. At an early age, he developed a love for football, favoring Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, a popular club in the city.

In 1936, Favaloro was admitted into the Colegio Nacional de La Plata.

Education and career

After graduating from high school, he was admitted to the School of Medicine at the National University of La Plata.

During his third year, he began his medical residency at the Hospital Policlínico San Martín, a medical center that received the most complicated cases from much of Buenos Aires province. This residency brought him into contact with patients for the first time.

He attended procedures carried out by professors José María Mainetti and Federico E. B. Christmann, from whom he learned the simplicity and standardization that he would later apply to cardiovascular surgery, one of his many great contributions to cardiovascular operating techniques. Favaloro graduated with a medical degree in 1949.

He then applied for a position as a medical auxiliary, but the offer required him to enroll in the Peronist Party, which he did not accept.

He moved instead to a small town named Jacinto Aráuz in La Pampa Province after being offered a job as the town’s doctor; when the resident doctor died, he succeeded him and brought his brother Juan José into the clinic.

Favaloro and his brother endeavored to improve the general level of health in what was then a remote region.

They trained and educated the general public, teachers, and nurses and improved health-care delivery.

They equipped the town with an operating room and X-ray and improved the laboratory, thereby providing essential surgical and diagnostic tools.

Rene Favaloro wrote several books during his career. The most renown is the ‘Surgical Treatment of Coronary Arteriosclerosis’. This book focuses on his famous technique which he had invented for heart bypass surgery.

The other renown book is the “Memories of a Rural Doctor”.He mainly discusses his career while working in the village Jacinto Arauz, and the sad life of the people there, and how he worked hard to improve their lifestyle.

Personal Life

Favaloro married to his wife María Antonia Delgado in 1951 with whom he had a relationship since they were in high school. They shared a happy and peaceful life. However, they didn’t have any children. His wife died in 1998.

René Favaloro Google Doodle

Today on June 12th, 2019, Google honors René Favaloro with a Doodle on what would have been his 96th birthday. The doodle list his introduction of coronary artery bypass surgery as one of his greatest achievements.

Death Cause

Favaloro died on 29th July 2000. The cause of death was suicide by shooting himself in the chest. Favaloro’s death came two years after the death of his beloved wife in 1998.

Although his suicide is often linked to the Foundation’s financial difficulties, the letter clearly shows Favaloro overwhelmed by the corruption of the health system and feeling that he could not fight against this powerful organization.

In some parts of the letter, he refers to himself as “Don Quijote” in his lonely battle against the giants. Aggravating this situation was that Favaloro had never recovered from the death of his wife in 1998.