Dr. David A. Ott receives 2016 Ray C. Fish Award
Cardiovascular surgeon honored by Texas Heart Institute for contributions to surgery
Dr. David A. Ott (right) receiving Ray C. Fish Award for Scientific Achievement from Dr. James T. Willerson (left).
Houston, Texas (December 12, 2016) – Dr.
David A. Ott, surgeon-in-chief of the Texas Heart Institute, has received the
2016 Ray C. Fish Award for Scientific Achievement, presented annually by the
Texas Heart Institute (THI) at CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s
Presented by THI President Dr. James T. Willerson during the 16th
annual Texas Update in Cardiovascular Advancements Symposium, the award
recognizes those whose innovations have made significant contributions to
cardiovascular medicine and surgery.
Dr. Ott, a member of the THI
professional staff for 36 years, succeeded Dr. Denton A. Cooley, who held the
position for 50 years, as the surgeon-in-chief. A
cardiovascular surgeon at THI, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, and Texas
Children’s Hospital, Dr. Ott is also active in teaching, holding appointments as
Clinical Professor of Surgery at The University of Texas Medical School at
Houston and at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). He has performed more than
20,000 heart and vascular procedures. His reputation for technical expertise is
recognized nationally and internationally and he is known for his intrepid
approach to the most difficult problems.
A Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate of the
University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Ott moved to Houston in 1968 to attend BCM,
where he graduated with honors in 1972, and was named to Alpha Omega Alpha
Honor Medical Society. Dr. Ott also served in the 4005th Army Hospital Unit of
the U.S. Army Reserves from 1972 to 1978.
Dr. Ott is certified by the American Board of
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (1978). He is also a member of
numerous professional and surgical societies, including the Society of Thoracic
Surgeons, and the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons. Dr. Ott is a
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of
Cardiology. Having lectured in 15 countries and authored more than 140 articles
in surgical literature, Dr. Ott has enjoyed a national reputation in the field
of cardiovascular surgery. He is listed in The Best Doctors in America.
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 16th Texas Update in Cardiovascular Advancements symposium was
conducted on Dec. 9. 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.
the full list of award recipients, see Ray C.
Fish Award on
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