175 Makers of History: Charles Ross Hatcher Jr.

Charles Ross Hatcher Jr.
Cardiovascular Pioneer at Emory

Charles Hatcher Jr.

Hailing from little Attapulgus, Georgia, Charles Ross Hatcher Jr. set out to become a heart surgeon and to benefit his home state and medicine in general.

In 1962, he performed Georgia's first successful "blue baby" operation, ushering in a new era of open-heart surgery for Georgia. He performed the state's first double-, then triple-valve replacements and, in 1970, the state's first coronary bypass, all at Emory University Hospital.

On his sixty-sixth birthday, Hatcher stepped down as vice president for health affairs, director of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and CEO of the Emory Healthcare. His book All in the Timing: From Operating Room to Board Room was published in 2011.