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About Sickkids
About SickKids

William Mustard

Two brilliant surgical careers - first as an orthopaedic surgeon and then as a cardiac surgeon - and discoveries that changed surgery forever, Dr. William Mustard is indeed a legend of care.

Dr. Mustard joined the surgical staff of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in 1947. A renowned orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Mustard gave up his general and orthopaedic work at SickKids in 1957 in order to devote all his time and effort of the improvement of surgical treatment for children with congenital conditions of the heart and great vessels. He has known for his ability to develop new, creative surgical techniques from what he learned in his original research in animals.

Shortly thereafter, Dr. Mustard developed a new and extremely effective technique of overcoming the serious problem of prolonged spasm of major arteries - a technique that has saved many children from losing the use of a limb. A few years later, in 1963, he made yet another outstanding contribution in cardiac surgery, devising an ingenious and effective operation to obtain total correction of transposition of the great vessels - a condition that was common and fatal. This procedure is now referred to throughout the surgical world as the 'Mustard Procedure'.

Dr. Mustard made his mark years earlier, however, when he developed the heart-lung machine, which permitted cardiac surgeons to open the heart of living patients and operate on it. The heart-lung machine, developed in 1951, revolutionized heart surgery for all time.

During his years as a surgical teacher, Dr. Mustard contributed more than 100 scientific publications to world literature and was co-editor of the authoritative Textbook of Pediatric Surgery . In addition, he trained more than 60 cardiac surgeons who have gone on to various centres around the world to serve the needs of children suffering from congenital heart disease.

In 1956, he was appointed chief surgeon at SickKids.

Dr. Mustard retired from SickKids in 1976, after 29 years of devoted service.

In 1987, at the age of 73, Dr. Mustard died of a heart attack.