The American College of Surgeons (ACS) presented the 2017 Jacobson Innovation Award to Timothy A. M. Chuter, MB, BS, DM, FACS, at a dinner in his honor June 9 in Chicago, IL. Dr. Chuter is professor of surgery, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he practices vascular surgery with a focus on the endovascular reconstruction of aneurysms involving the aortic arch and thoracoabdominal aorta.
The Jacobson Innovation Award honors living surgeons who have developed innovative devices or techniques in any field of surgery and is made possible through a gift from Julius H. Jacobson II, MD, FACS, and his wife Joan. Dr. Jacobson is a general vascular surgeon known for his pioneering work in the development of microsurgery.
Leading the way in endovascular aneurysm repair
Dr. Chuter was recognized for his role in the development of endovascular aneurysm repair. He was the first individual to design and implant bifurcated stent grafts to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms, based on the idea that if an aneurysm has branches—at the aortic arch or the bifurcation of the common iliac artery, for example—the endovascular prosthesis also should have branches. Because the most common site for aortic aneurysm involves the distal abdominal aorta, bifurcated endovascular repair has become the most accepted method of aneurysm repair worldwide.
In the years between 1993 and 2000, the scope of endovascular repair rapidly expanded, with several firsts in the field, such as the first bifurcated stent grafts in 1993, the first endovascular repair of a ruptured aortic aneurysm in 1994, the first fenestrated stent grafts for aneurysms of the pararenal aorta in 1998, and the first branched stent grafts for the thoracoabdominal aorta in 2000. Dr. Chuter played a role in many of these developments, though none was the work of a single inventor. Dr. Chuter has said that he is proud to have contributed to several advances in endovascular aneurysm repair, not only by inventing new forms of repair, but also by mentoring surgical residents, fellows, and faculty.
In addition to his noted surgical skill, Dr. Chuter has been lauded for inventing and patenting the stent grafts that facilitate his work. Dr. Chuter’s devices and surgical techniques allow aneurysm repair in patients who otherwise might have no other chance of receiving effective treatment. He holds more than 40 patents, including 23 related to endovascular aortic stent-graft devices, stents, attachment systems, delivery systems, and component junctions.
Dr. Chuter is the author or co-author of at least 145 peer-reviewed articles and 23 books or book chapters in the field. Other organizations have recognized his role in the development of endovascular aneurysm repair as well, including the Royal College of Surgeons, through their Kinmonth Medal in 1995; the Society for Vascular Surgery, through their Medal for Innovation in Vascular Surgery in 2008; and the Society for Endovascular Therapy in 2009.