Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Dr. Christiaan Barnard

Christiaan Barnard, 1969

On this day in December, 1967, the first human heart transplant was performed in South Africa by Dr Christiaan Barnard on a patient named Louis Washkansky. Barnard was assisted by his brother Marius Barnard, as well as a team of thirty staff members. The operation lasted approximately five hours. Dr. Barnard was photographed by Karsh in 1969 at the Montreal Heart Institute in Canada.