John Y. Templeton, III, MD
courage it took to place hands on a beating heart, an act that
could restore the precious gift of life to countless thousands!
I carry the fingerprints of this great man in my own heart and
salute this gentle healer who challenged the boundaries of the
known and entered the realm reserved for creators of dynamic new
with acute rheumatic heart disease at the age of 16, I was confined
to bed and home schooling. I graduated at the top of a class that
I had never met and watched my fellow top ten graduates receive
full scholarships to leading universities, while I was wished
a lifetime as a totally bored cardiac recluse, I soon rebelled
and found employment in the clinical laboratories of Jefferson
under the renowned pathologist (and future Jeff president) Peter
A. Herbut, MD. I ignored my disease and after awhile I started
coughing up blood. X-rays led to consultations with cardiologists.
The prognosis was grim: severe advanced mitral stenosis; death
in about a year.
Mary Anne Bartley
at the time of her surgery. Convinced that she would die,
her friends urged her to have a formal portrait made.
John Y. Templeton, III, MD, ScD, LLD, in 1967, when
he was named the Samuel D. Gross Professor of Surgery at
Jefferson Medical College.
This photograph originally appeared in the Jefferson Medical
College Alumni Bulletin, v.16, n. 3 (Spring 1967), p.37.
spoke with me about the groundbreaking surgery going on at Jeff
by Dr. Templeton and suggested I consider this surgery, as I had
very little to lose. So I went off to the medical library, read
what little there was available on this surgery, and made up my
mind to do it. When I told Dr. Herbut, I was flabbergasted at his
reply: "Kid, don't do it. I've seen too many perfect surgical
results on my autopsy table."
I went off
to surgery the next day. Templeton performed mitral commissurotomy,
a now archaic, but nonetheless miraculous surgery that gave me four
decades of wonderful life. I was back to work in one month -- a
full six months sooner than anticipated -- and I haven't stopped
an almost new heart gave me the vocation to bring the healing
powers of art everywhere I could reach.
years, every time I would meet Dr. Herbut, he always greeted me
with "When are you coming back to Jefferson?" That day
has finally arrived and what a joyful homecoming it is!
to John Y. Templeton III, MD, depicts myriad surgical gloves gloriously
traversing the human heart and honors the incomparable vision
and courage it took to become "Healer Laureate" and
--Mary Anne Bartley
During the fall of 2004, Dr. Templeton
visited the live show of works included in this online exhibit,
and enjoyed a reunion with his grateful patient.
Mary Anne Bartley, John Y. Templeton, III, MD,
and Emanuel E. Garcia, MD