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Visiting North Oldham High School’s AP biology and anatomy students was a nostalgic experience for world-renowned surgeon Dr. Laman Gray.
“I first became interested in the medical field in my high school biology class,” he told the group. “That was some 50 years ago for me, and there are a lot more opportunities available now.”
Gray, professor of surgery and director of the division of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, is co-principal investigator for the Jewish Hospital/University of Louisville AbioCor research team.
In 1984, Gray performed the first heart transplant in Kentucky. Gray passed around several versions of artificial hearts as he spoke to students at NOHS. After giving the assembled students a lesson on how the heart and heart transplants work, he took questions from the students.
Gray visited NOHS along with University of Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey and U of L Executive Director of Admissions Jenny Sawyer.
While Dr. Gray met with science students, Dr. Ramsey and Sawyer met with juniors and seniors to discuss dual credit options and brainstorm ideas on how UofL could contribute to the success of NOHS students, in preparing for their educational futures.