The C. Walton & Richard C. Lillehei Surgical Society
In 1986, the Lillehei Surgical Society was founded to honor and perpetuate the contributions of the three Lillehei brothers, C. Walton, Richard, and James, to the field of cardiovascular care. In 1987, The Lillehei Surgical Society created and funded the Land Grant Chair at the University of Minnesota.
Currently the membership includes more than 200 first, second, and third generation Lillehei trained cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons, as well as principals in the biomedical product and service industry. The Society offers an annual membership meeting and social function. Also, on a bi-annual basis, a Scientific Symposium is held to interact first hand with leaders in the international cardiovascular and thoracic community. These events are held to coincide with the date and location of the annual Society of Thoracic Surgeons meeting.