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2012 - Eugene Braunwald, MD
Eugene Braunwald, MD was inspired to pursue a career in cardiology after practicing in the Bellevue Cardiology Clinic during his time as a medical student at New York University.
After being at the National Institutes of Health, he was recruited to the University of California, San Diego where from 1968-1972 he was the founding Chair of the Department of Medicine. He has since held a position at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard University.
Dr. Braunwald has over 1000 publications in peer-reviewed journals. His work has dramatically expanded knowledge of heart disease in the area of congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, and valvular heart disease. He is the editor of the premier cardiology textbook, Braunwald's Heart Disease. Dr. Braunwald was instrumental in running the TIMI (Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction) studies, which developed the concepts of thrombosis superimposed on atherosclerosis as the pathological bases for acute myocardial infarction.
2013 - Alain Carpentier, MD, PhD
A professor emeritus at Pierre and Marie Curie University, in the 1980s Dr. Carpentier published a landmark paper on mitral valve repair entitled The French Correction. A visiting professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, he currently heads the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Hopital Europeen Georges-Pompidou in Paris. In 1986, he and Gilles Dreyfus performed the first artificial heart implant in Europe.
Dr. Carpentier is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and sits on the Board of Directors of the World Heart Foundation. The recipient of numerous awards, including the 1996 Prix mondial Cino Del Duca, in 2005 the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) bestowed its Medallion for Scientific Achievement for only the fifth time in its history. In announcing Dr. Carpentier as the recipient, the AATS also noted that he is "one of the foremost medical philanthropists in the world, having established a premier cardiac center in Vietnam a decade ago where over 1,000 open-heart cases are now performed annually. In addition, he has founded cardiac surgery programs in 17 French-speaking countries in Africa."
Click here to watch the presentation of the Corday Prize to Dr. Alain Carpentier.