Ray C. Fish Award for Scientific Achievement

Ray C. Fish (1902-1962) was a leading figure in the natural gas industry and a philanthropist. Mr. Fish believed in the American dream of “opportunity for success.” The Ray C. Fish Foundation was established so that others might be encouraged to broaden man’s self-knowledge and to keep the American dream alive. After its founder’s death from heart disease, the Fish Foundation granted $5 million to make the Texas Heart Institute a reality. For this reason, the Institute’s highest professional award is given in honor of this extraordinary man. The Ray C. Fish Award for Scientific Achievement recognizes those whose innovations have made significant contributions to cardiovascular medicine and surgery.

Recipients of the Texas Heart Institute Ray C. Fish Award for Scientific Achievement

1972
Norman E. Shumway, MD
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Pioneered the heart transplant operation

1973
F. Mason Sones, Jr., MD
Cardiologist
Developed coronary angiography

1974
Eugene E. Braunwald, MD
Cardiologist
Developed techniques for myocardial preservation

1975
Willem J. Kolff, MD
Cardiovascular Surgeon and Researcher
Known for his work in developing artificial organs

1976
Harvey Feigenbaum, MD
Cardiologist
Developed echocardiography

1977
John W. Kirklin, MD
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Fabricated and used one of the first heart-lung machines for open intracardiac repairs

1978
Bernard Lown, MD
Cardiologist
Pioneered the use of devices, including the defibrillator and cardioverter, to regulate cardiac rhythm disturbances

1979
John J. Gallagher, MD
Cardiologist
Worked with Dr. Will Sealy to develop methods to correct Wolff-Parkinson-White (pre-excitation) syndrome

1979
Will C. Sealy, MD
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Performed the first successful surgery for Wolff-Parkinson-White (pre-excitation) syndrome

1980
W. Proctor Harvey, MD
Cardiologist
Renowned for his ability to diagnose and treat heart disease and for his ability to teach

1981
Paul M. Zoll, MD
Cardiologist
Made discoveries that led to the development of pacemakers

1983
Andreas R. Grntzig, MD
Cardiologist
Developed percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)

1984
Hein J.J. Wellens, MD
Cardiologist
Developed reproducible methods for studying cardiac rhythm disturbances and the effects of various therapies on arrhythmias

1984
Douglas P. Zipes, MD
Cardiologist
Renowned for treating cardiac arrhythmias, including sudden cardiac death

1985
Denton A. Cooley, MD
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Pioneered numerous surgical treatments for heart disease, including implantation of a total artificial heart, heart transplantation, repair of left ventricular and aortic aneurysms, and palliation of congenital heart disease

1986
William J. Rashkind, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist
Developed a nonsurgical method to treat transposed heart vessels in infants

1987
Dwight E. Harken, MD
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Performed the first successful intracardiac surgical procedures

1988
J. Willis Hurst, MD
Cardiologist
Edited and contributed to The Heart, a widely used cardiology text

1989
Robert J. Hall, MD
Cardiologist
Known for his ability to teach the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease

1990
Sol Sherry, MD
Cardiologist
Pioneered the use of thrombolytic therapy to treat blood clots

1992
Arthur S. Keats, MD
Cardiovascular Anesthesiologist
Developed methods to make heart surgery safer for children and adults

1997
Aldo R. Castaeda, MD, PhD
Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgeon
Advocated early (neonatal) repair of complex congenital heart defects

1997
Julio C. Palmaz, MD
Radiologist
Invented the first successful intravascular stent

1998
Sir Magdi Yacoub, FRCS
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Pioneered heart–lung transplantation surgery

1999
Thomas J. Fogarty, MD
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Developed numerous medical and surgical devices for treating cardiovascular diseases

2004
James L. Cox, MD
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Developed surgical techniques to definitively treat atrial fibrillation

2004
Stephen Westaby, BSc, MS, PhD, FRCS
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Initiated first clinical trial of axial-flow devices for destination therapy and made significant contributions to the scientific literature based on his extensive surgical experience

2007
Charles E. Mullins, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist
Known for his dedication to teaching and his pioneering work in developing interventional techniques for treating congenital heart

2008
O.H. Frazier, MD
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Recognized for his contributions to the field of heart transplantation and his pioneering efforts in the research and development of the LVAD

2009
James T. Willerson, MD
Cardiologist
Honored in recognition of his contributions to the understanding of the development and identification of unstable atherosclerotic plaques, the mechanisms responsible for acute coronary syndromes, and for his seminal work with cardiac stem cells

2010
Charles D. Fraser, Jr., MD
Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgeon
Recognized for his program known worldwide for its excellence, its creativity and its ideal outcomes in correcting congenital cardiovascular disease in children

2011
Patrick W. Serruys, MD, PhD
Interventional Cardiologist
Recognized worldwide for major contributions to interventional cardiology and for the development of a drug-eluting stent

2012
George J. Reul, MD
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Recognized for his long and meritorious career as both a surgeon and a medical educator

2013
Alain G. Cribier, MD
Interventional Cardiologist
Recognized for his outstanding contributions to interventional cardiology

2014
Sir Terence English, KBE
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Recognized for establishing the internationally renowned heart transplant program at Papworth Hospital near Cambridge, where he performed Britain’s first successful heart transplant in 1979

2015
Delos (Toby) Cosgrove, MD
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Recognized for scientific achievements, contributions to healthcare quality and delivery

2016
David A. Ott, MD
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Recognized for significant contributions to cardiovascular surgery.

2017
Joseph S. Coselli, MD
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Recognized for his innovative work in aortic aneurysm surgery.