The Health Sciences Library is partnering with the University Student Commons and Activities to present a screening of the documentary film “Hidden Heart: The Story of the First Human Heart Transplant, Hamilton Naki and Christiaan Barnard." The 2008 documentary film details the history of the first human heart transplant (1967). The surgery was performed in Apartheid segregated South Africa. The film provides an intimate look at the lives of White South African Surgeon Christiaan Barnard and his Black South African assistant Hamilton Naki.
The film screening will be followed by facilitated discussion with Professor and Chair of the Division of Transplantation Surgery, and Director of VCU Hume-Lee Transplant Center, Marlon Levy, M.D.
This event is presented in collaboration with the VCU Common Book Program and the discussions that follow are meant to echo the themes of the 2022 Common Book, The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South, and help people explore medical ethics, racial equity and how we discuss these controversial topics in modern society.
We begin the film at 5:15 p.m. Dinner will be provided, first come, first served. Registration is encouraged.