Historic Palmaz Stent® displayed at Smithsonian


San Antonio (Nov. 4, 2003) – The world’s most successful  medical device, the Palmaz Stent®, was part of a special  presentation this fall at the Smithsonian Institution’s National  Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Conceived by Julio C. Palmaz, M.D., nearly two decades ago at  The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio,  the Palmaz Stent® was the first stent in U.S. history to receive  Food and Drug Administration approval for use in treating diseased coronary and peripheral blood vessels. Today more than 2 million stents are placed in patients annually.

The Palmaz Stent®

Curators and museum specialists discussed the Palmaz Stent®  and other items from the Smithsonian’s Latino history  collections, including Roberto Clemente’s baseball uniform  and  batting helmet and a costume worn by Chita Rivera in  The Kiss  of the Spiderwoman. The special presentation  celebrated  Hispanic Heritage Month at the Smithsonian.

Dr. Palmaz is a professor of radiology at the Health Science  Center.

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