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Guide to Collections Relating to the History of Artificial Internal Organs


University of Utah, Bioengineering Department


50 S. Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9202


(801) 581-4379

Fax Number

(801) 585-5361


Contact Person

Joseph Andrade, M.D.


Access and Services

Appointment required.


The Department of Bioengineering at the University of Utah is an internationally renowned center of interdisciplinary basic and applied research in the broadly defined area of bioengineering. The Department offers three graduate degrees: the Master of Engineering (M.E.), the Master of Science (M.S.), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), which are based on a variety of research and educational opportunities in bioinstrumentation, imaging, biomaterials, biomechanics, neural interfaces, computational bioengineering and other specialty areas. The artificial heart research laboratory is particularly noteworthy. Engineering facilities include mock circulation and durability test equipment, computer aided device design, performance simulation, and device documentation. Manufacturing is provided by a complete machine shop, prosthetics laboratory, and electronics shop. Animal implantation testing involves two fully equipped operating rooms, a fluoroscopy laboratory, an animal intensive care unit; and clinical chemistry, hematology, pathology and immunology laboratories.



University of Utah, Department of Bioengineering Collection

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Biographical Note

In 1967, Willem J. Kolff moved to Utah to direct the Division of Artificial Organs and Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. There, Kolff was in charge of teams working to further develop his previous inventions, as well as teams to develop the artificial eye, artificial hearing, artificial arm, and the subcutaneous peritoneal access device.

Collection Description

The collection contains papers, artifacts, photos and slides related to the work undertaken in this laboratory.

Finding Aid



Related Material

See Willem J. Kolff Collection at The Smithsonian, and Willem Kolff Papers at the University of Utah, Special Collections, Marriott Library