The ISHLT Lifetime Achievement Award
is bestowed annually by the Board of Directors on an individual whose lifetime body of work has either:
- made a significant contribution toward improving the care of patients with advanced heart or lung disease OR
- engaged in pioneering work that improved the care of patients with advanced heart or lung disease OR
- is representative of outstanding dedication and service to the Society
The awardee will most commonly be a current or former ISHLT member, but other meritorious individuals may be considered on a case by case basis as long as clear justification is provided concerning why a non-member should be considered.
This Award incorporates the former Pioneer Award and Lifetime Service Award.
2019 Recipient - John Wallwork, FRCS
Professor Wallwork qualified at Edinburgh University and trained in cardiothoracic surgery in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Adelaide in South Australia. Prior to being appointed as Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Papworth Hospital in 1981, he spent two years as Chief Resident at Stanford University Medical Director from 1997 to 2002. In October 2002 he was awarded an honorary Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery by the University of Cambridge. He became Director of Research and Development at Papworth Hospital in 2007 and remained in that position until his The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation will honor Professor Wallwork with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Opening Plenary Session on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 8:00am-10:00am. Hospital in California, training with Professor Norman Shumway’s team, where he first became involved in heart and heart-lung transplantation. He subsequently played a major role in the development of heart-lung transplantation at Papworth Hospital. In 1984 Professor Wallwork performed Europe’s first successful heart-lung transplant and, in 1986 together with Professor Sir Roy Calne, he performed the world’s first heart-lung and liver transplant. Professor Wallwork was Director of the Transplant Service at Papworth Hospital from 1989 to 2006 and retirement 2011. Throughout his 28 years in consultant practice Professor Wallwork has performed a wide spectrum of innovative adult cardiac surgery. He has had a major interest in the training of young cardiac surgeons from the UK and abroad. Professor Wallwork was appointed as Chairman of Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in February 2014. He returned to Papworth Hospital as Chairman after spending thirty years at the forefront of transplant surgery and research at the Trust. He currently serves as an Emeritus Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.
The Society looks forward to honoring Professor Wallwork with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Opening Plenary Session on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM at the ISHLT 39th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida, USA. We hope to see many ISHLT members in attendance.