Delos (Toby) Cosgrove, MD, receives 2016 Ray C. Fish Award

Cardiovascular surgeon and Cleveland Clinic president honored by Texas Heart Institute for scientific achievements, contributions to healthcare

Houston, Texas (January 11, 2016) – Dr. Delos (Toby) Cosgrove has received the 2016 Ray C. Fish Award for Scientific Achievement, presented annually by the Texas Heart Institute (THI).

Presented by famed pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Charles Fraser, THI founder Dr. Denton A. Cooley, and THI President Dr. James T. Willerson during the 15th annual Texas Update in Cardiovascular Advancements Symposium, the award recognizes those whose innovations have made significant contributions to cardiovascular medicine and surgery.

Dr. Cosgrove is president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, one of the highest-performing health systems in the country with extensive networks of facilities and physicians.

He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and complete his clinical training at Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and Brook General Hospital in London.

Before joining Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Cosgrove was a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and served in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam as the Chief of U.S. Air Force Casualty Staging Flight. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal.

In 1989, Dr. Cosgrove was named chairman of the department of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Cleveland Clinic, and under his leadership, the clinic’s heart program was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the best in the country for 10 years in a row.

Dr. Cosgrove was offered the position of Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by President Obama in June 2014 but declined the offer to remain at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Cosgrove has published hundreds of journal articles, book chapters, the book The Cleveland Clinic Way: Lessons in Excellence From One of the World’s Leading Health Care Organizations, and 17 training and continuing medical education films. He has performed more than 22,000 operations and has 30 patents filed for developing medical and clinical products used in surgical environments.

The 15th 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 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 35 physicians have received the prestigious award for their unique cardiovascular innovations. For the full list of award recipients, see Ray C. Fish Award on this website.