Vasilii I Kolesov: The First Series of Best Option Coronary Bypass Pioneer

Md Anisuzzaman, Nazmul Hosain

Heart surgery is one of the areas of greatest achievement in 20th century medical science. As the number one
killer, Ischemic heart disease (IHD) was a big hurdle in achieving health for all. In this century, cardiovascular
scientists put effort to combat the disease. Vasilii Ivanovich Kolesov is the early and successful contributor
among them in the field of coronary surgery. On 25 February 1964, V.I. Kolesov successfully performed the
first anastomosis between the left internal thoracic artery and the left circumflex artery. This was the beginning
of a new era of coronary bypass surgeries, carried out on a regular basis to re-establish coronary flow in
patients with IHD. This operation, in combination with Rene G. Favaloro’s method of using the saphenous
vein in coronary surgery become the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the world.