William Ganz

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William Ganz (originally Vilém Ganz ; born January 7, 1919 in Košice , † November 10, 2009 in Los Angeles ) was a Slovak-American cardiologist . Together with Harold Jeremy Swan, he developed a balloon catheter that enables the pressure in the right heart and in the pulmonary artery to be measured ( Swan-Ganz catheter ).


Ganz was born in Košice in eastern Slovakia . He began studying medicine at Charles University in Prague in 1937, but had to break it off in 1939 after the Wehrmacht invaded . Because of his Jewish origins , he was persecuted by the National Socialists and initially interned in a labor camp, but was ultimately able to survive underground in Budapest . He completed his medical studies at Charles University after the war and trained as a cardiologist. In 1966 he emigrated to America, where he was able to continue his medical practice at the Cedars Sinai Clinic in Los Angeles. In 1970 he developed the new pulmonary catheter named after them together with the chief physician of the cardiology department, Jeremy Swan. From 1982 he was a leader in studies aimed at dissolving blood clots in heart attack patients using drugs ( thrombolysis ). In 1992, his scientific achievements were recognized with a prize from the American Society of Cardiologists. William Ganz died in Los Angeles at the age of 90.

Publications (selection)

  • HJ Swan, W. Ganz, J. Forrester, H. Marcus, G. Diamond, D. Chonette: Catheterization of the heart in man with use of a flow-directed balloon-tipped catheter. In: N Engl J Med . Volume 283, 1970, pp. 447-451. PMID 5434111 .
  • W. Ganz, I. Geft, J. Maddahi, D. Berman, Y. Charuzi, PK Shah, HJ Swan: Nonsurgical reperfusion in evolving myocardial infarction. In: J Am Coll Cardiol . Volume 1, No. 5, 1983, pp. 1247-1253. PMID 6833664 .