International Museum of Surgical Science

1524 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610 - United States





The International Museum of Surgical Science is located in a historic mansion in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. It is a division of The International College of Surgeons and features exhibits including information on medical history, X-rays, pathology, ophthalmology and more.

It was founded by Dr. Max Thorek in 1954. The building that it is housed in is a 1917 mansion designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw as a replica of a building at Versailles.


Conquering Heart Disease: A Physician and Surgeon’s Perspective
Opening March 2020
The International Museum of Surgical Science pleased to announce the development of a new exhibit on cardiovascular surgery and health. This important exhibit will highlight the most current medical innovations in the field. Over the next several years, over 150,000 people will visit this exhibit to supplement their understanding of healthcare treatments related to the heart.

Cardiovascular surgery began in the 1950’s and has evolved to encompass vascular & cardiac treatment of patients of all ages, improving quality and extending length of life to millions of patients throughout the world. Physiological research, development of new techniques, and technological advancements have facilitated progress in this specialty.

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