Introduction to the keynote lecture by Robert W.M. Frater, M.B., CH.B.
Dr. Robert William Mayo Frater was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and obtained his medical degree from the University of Cape Town. You might wonder how Dr. Frater came to be named after Will Mayo: his father was the first South African to train in surgery at the Mayo Clinic, while his mother was the first Englishwoman to train there. They met in Rochester, MN, married in St. Paul, and then moved back to South Africa to practice surgery. Thus, it was natural that when Bob finished basic surgery training in England, he would go to the Mayo Clinic from 1955–1962 to train in the new specialty of cardiothoracic surgery.
KeywordsMitral Valve Mitral Valve Repair Cardiothoracic Surgery Keynote Lecture Posterior Mitral Leaflet
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