Taut, elegantly written, and ever-attentive to the patients for whom he was the last best chance, Close to the Sun is an adventurous, riveting account based on the experience of over 40,000 heart surgeries, where everything was on the line every moment in the O.R. Learn more…

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... every reader interested in the history behind one of medicine's riskiest procedures will find it fascinating.


Even readers who have never heard of cyclosporine or been inside an operating room will relish this account, which is set in Africa, England and the U.S. A well-told story by a man of great accomplishment who is clearly proud—and rightly so.


Stuart Jamieson’s life experiences from early childhood to the present have taken me through the gamut of emotions. His roots are in Africa, but his fruition in an All-American story.

Leonard BaileyDistinguished Professor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Surgeon-in-Chief at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

A literary spellbinder that has important implications in geopolitics as well as medical science.

Thomas StarzlAmerican physician and researcher, who performed the first successful liver transplant

“To those of us senior surgeons who witnessed or participated in that golden era, it is priceless.”

Denton CooleyAmerican heart surgeon, Founder of the Texas Heart Institute, famous for performing the first implantation of a total artificial heart

“Stuart Jamieson has written a page-turner.”

Peter FieldingProfessor of Clinical Surgery and Healthcare Consultant

“A fascinating account of a life full of challenges and achievements, both in cardiac surgery and heart transplantation.”

Sir Terence English KBE FRCSFormer President of Royal College of Surgeons of England

Stuart Jamieson’s story is the story of four decades of advances in heart surgery.

Stuart Jamieson’s research at Stanford University in the late 1970s revolutionized heart transplantation through the development of the anti-rejection drug cyclosporin, which also made lung transplantation possible. Named a “Living Legend” by the World Society of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, he is the author of two books and more than 500 scientific papers. Learn more…

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La Jolla Light
HEART’S IN HIS WORK: UCSD transplant surgeon Stuart Jamieson pens memoir / READ THE ARTICLE

International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
Pioneer Lecture / VIEW THE LECTURE