Awards - Outstanding Achievement Awards - Lifetime Achievement



ISHLT Lifetime Achievement Award


The ISHLT Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed to individuals whose lifetime body of work made a significant contribution toward improving the care of patients with advanced heart or lung disease. This award now incorporates the ISHLT Pioneer Award and the ISHLT Lifetime Service Award.


2018 Recipient - O. Howard "Bud" Frazier

Dr. Frazier is recognized by the Society for his efforts over more than 30 years as a pioneer in the treatment of severe heart failure and in the fields of heart transplantation and artificial devices used either to substitute for or assist in the pumping action of the human heart.


Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Dr. Frazier explored experimental work toward developing an implantable left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to aid the failing heart and in 1986, he implanted the first LVAD with the Hemopump.® In 2003, he implanted the first HeartMate II,® a device that has since become the most widely used implantable LVAD in the world. In 2011, Dr. Frazier implanted the first successful continuous-flow total artificial heart using two HeartMate II® LVADs to replace a patient's failing heart. He has also performed over 1,300 heart transplants and implanted more than 1,000 left ventricular assist devices - more than any other surgeon in the world.


The Society looks forward to honoring Dr. Frazier with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Opening Plenary Session on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at the ISHLT 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions in Nice, France. We hope to see many ISHLT members in attendance.



Past Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

2016: Drs. Adrian and Jean Kantrowitz
2014: Sir Terence English, KBE, FRCS
2012: Sharon Hunt, MD
2010: Margaret Billingham, MD
2004: Sir Magdi Yacoub, MD
1999: Keith Reemtsma, MD
1996: Norman Shumway, MD



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