Medical Design Excellence Awards Announce Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

UBM Canon’s Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA), the industry’s premier awards ceremony for medical device design and innovation, has announced Dr. Thomas Fogarty as the recipient of the 2012 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors an individual whose contributions during a long career have had a demonstrable impact on technological, business, and cultural advancements in medical devices. Last year’s recipient was Alfred E. Mann. Fogarty was selected by the entire UBM Canon Medical Content Team and the Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI) Editorial Advisory Board.

Dr. Fogarty’s vast accomplishments in the medical device industry include having founded or co-founded more than 33 medical companies. Fogarty holds 135 patents on surgical instruments, among them is the Fogarty balloon embolectomy catheter which revolutionized vascular surgery, became the first minimally invasive surgical device, and is still commonly used. Before Fogarty invented the arterial embolectomy catheter, up to 50% of patients were dying or losing limbs during surgery to remove blood clots. Fogarty’s inventions have saved the lives of millions of people.

“I am very proud to announce Dr. Fogarty as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient,” stated Rich Nass, Director of Content, UBM Canon. “His work has greatly influenced the medical device industry and the advancement of medical device technologies. The Lifetime Achievement Award was created to acknowledge the great commitment and ground-breaking contributions that individuals like Dr. Fogarty have accomplished.”

Fogarty has published approximately 180 scientific articles and textbook chapters related to general and cardiovascular surgery. He founded the Fogarty Institute for Innovation, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, along-side Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers, and has won countless other awards including the Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation.

Fogarty will be present at the 2012 MDEA awards ceremony during the MD&M East conference and tradeshow in Philadelphia on May 23, 2012 to accept his award.

Sponsored by MD+DI and organized by UBM Canon, MDEA is the premier awards program for the medical technology community. It recognizes the achievements of medical device manufacturers, their suppliers, and the many people behind the scenes-engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians-who are responsible for the groundbreaking innovations that are changing the face of healthcare. MDEA-winning entries excel in the areas of product innovation, design and engineering achievement, end-user benefit, and cost-effectiveness in manufacturing and healthcare delivery.

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