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Dr. George J. Reul receives 2012 Ray C. Fish Award

 Cardiovascular surgeon honored by Texas Heart Institute for scientific achievements, contributions to cardiology 

Dr. George Reul accepts the 2012 Ray C. Fish award from Dr. James T. Willerson (left) and Dr. Denton A. Cooley (right)
Dr. George J. Reul (center) receiving congratulations from Dr. James T. Willerson (left) and Dr. Denton A. Cooley (right).

Houston, Texas (December 10, 2012) – Dr. George J. Reul has received the 2012 Ray C. Fish Award for Scientific Achievement, presented annually by the Texas Heart Institute (THI) at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital (SLEH). 

Presented by famed heart surgeon and THI founder Denton A. Cooley, MD, and by THI President James T. Willerson, MD, during the 12th annual Texas Update in Cardiovascular Advancements Symposium, the award recognizes those whose innovations have made significant contributions to cardiovascular medicine and surgery. 

Dr. Reul is associate chief of surgery for THI, and director of SLEH's Peripheral Vascular Laboratory. He also serves as a clinical professor at The University of Texas Medical School in Houston and the Baylor College of Medicine. 

Dr. Reul was recognized for his long and meritorious career as both a surgeon and a medical educator.  

He "enhanced the lives of countless patients from around the globe, both children and adults," said the committee who nominated him for the award. "Simultaneously, he markedly influenced budding careers of hundreds of young cardiac and  vascular surgeons, also from all parts of the world." 

The nomination also noted his instrumental role in establishing and winning accreditation for the SLEH Peripheral Vascular Diagnostic Laboratory, where he serves as medical director.    

Dr. Reul served in the U.S. Army as Captain, first at the 93rd and 24th Evacuation Hospitals, Vietnam, from 1966 to 1967, and then at the Edgewood Arsenal doing Wound Ballistics Research from 1967 to 1968. 

The late Ray C. Fish, Houston philanthropist, established the Ray C. Fish Foundation from which his generous gift to THI supported the Institute's ability to serve a growing number of heart patients who were coming to the Institute in the 1960s. In honor of Ray Fish's pivotal role in THI's history, the Institute established the Ray C. Fish Award for Scientific Achievement in 1972. Since that time 23 physicians have received the prestigious award for their unique cardiovascular innovations. 

The 12th Texas Update in Cardiovascular Advancements symposium was conducted on Dec. 7. The annual Continuing Medical Education (CME) event is designed to update medical professionals and researchers on the status and future directions of cardiovascular research and medicine.. 

For the full list of award recipients, see Ray C. Fish Award on this website.

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