Thomas J. Fogarty, MD, FACS, of Portola Valley, CA, became the first individual ever to be inducted into the National Academy of Inventors’ (NAI) newly established Fellow membership category. The induction ceremony took place in February at the NAI’s Inaugural Annual Conference at the University of South Florida, Tampa.
The NAI—which includes approximately 1,000 inventor members who invent and patent medical, scientific, artistic, and engineering breakthroughs—is a not-for-profit membership organization that honors, recognizes, and encourages academic inventors.
According to NAI president Paul R. Sanberg, PhD, DSc, election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific innovative spirit in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions with tangible impact on the quality of life and society’s welfare.
Dr. Fogarty received the 2001 Jacobson Innovation Award from the American College of Surgeons for his work in developing industry standard minimally invasive surgical instrumentation, especially for cardiovascular surgery. In 2000, Dr. Fogarty received the Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation. He has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Fogarty’s many inventions revolutionized heart surgery, including his development of the now widely used balloon catheter. Dr. Fogarty has served as founder and co-founder and board chairman or board member for more than 30 businesses and research companies. He holds 135 surgical patents and established the Fogarty Medical Foundation that donates to nonprofit health research.
Go to http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-02/uosf-nao022312.php to view a press release from the NAI on Dr. Fogarty’s induction into the Academy’s Fellow membership category.