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Education Week Feature

July 26, 2017
Education Week Feature
Discovering a Surgical First: Russell M. Nelson and Tricuspid Valve Annuloplasty
BYU Studies Staff

This year BYU Studies is again sponsoring classes at Campus Education Week, August 21–25, 2017, on BYU campus in Provo, Utah. Whether or not you are able to attend, we invite you to read the articles on which the presentations will be based.

Austin A. Robinson's article "Discovering a Surgical First: Russell M. Nelson and Tricuspid Valve Annuloplasty," was published in BYU Studies Vol. 54, No. 1. Austin Robinson will be giving his presentation "Revisiting a Surgical Milestone: Russell M. Nelson and Tricuspid Valve Annuloplasty" on Aug. 24 at 1:50 in 2258–2260 CONF as part of the Best of BYU Studies series.

Article Summary:

In an April 2003 general conference address, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles recounted an experience of receiving sudden inspiration on how to perform a certain surgery. The image that came midsurgery to the young surgeon in 1960 led to the repair of a previously inoperable valve defect in the heart of a Latter-day Saint stake patriarch. This article documents the circumstances surrounding the surgery, describes the operative technique (because Nelson never published a report of the operation), places the surgery in its proper medical and historical context, and briefly recounts how surgical techniques have advanced since 1960.

Below is a list of BYU Studies authors who are presenting classes independently.

Susan Easton Black


  • "Pivotal Events in Church History"—de Jong, HFAC, Tue.–Fri., Aug. 22–25, 8:30
  • "Echoes of the Past"—Marriott Center, Wed.–Fri., Aug. 23–25, 11:10

Works published in BYU Studies:

Eric D. Huntsman


  • "Becoming the Beloved Disciple: Lessons from the Gospel of John"—W-111 BNSN, Tue.–Fri., Aug. 22–25, 8:30
  • "'My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord': Early Christian Hymns in the New Testament"—W-111 BNSN, Tue.–Fri., Aug. 22–25, 9:50

Works published in BYU Studies:

Shon D. Hopkin


  • "The Jewish Background of the New Testament"—222 MARB, Tue.–Fri., Aug. 22–25, 12:30
  • "Unraveling Book of Mormon Isaiah"—222 MARB, Tue.–Fri., Aug. 22–25, 1:50

Works published in BYU Studies:

For more information, please refer to the Education Week schedule, available online at:

This year, the BYU Studies sponsored series are:

The Best of BYU Studies: Ronald K. Esplin, Jeffrey N. Walker, Austin A. Robinson, Daniel W. Graham
2258–2260 CONF, Tue.–Fri., Aug. 22–25, 1:50
T: "Introduction to the Council of Fifty and Its Records" (Esplin)
W: "The Kirtland Safety Society: Its Rise, Fall, and Aftermath" (Walker)
Th: "Revisiting a Surgical Milestone: Russell M. Nelson and Tricuspid Valve Annuloplasty" (Robinson)
F: "Socrates' Mission" (Graham)

From the New Testament Commentary: Richard D. Draper, Julie M. Smith
1102 JKB, Tue.–Fri., Aug. 22–25, 3:10
"A More Excellent Way: Insights from Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians" (Draper)

2107 JKB, Tue.–Fri., Aug. 22–25, 3:10
"Hidden in Plain Sight: Treasures from the Gospel of Mark" (Smith)