Thomas J. Fogarty, MD
Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty is an internationally recognized cardiovascular surgeon, inventor, entrepreneur, and vintner. He has been involved with a wide spectrum of innovations in business and technology. Dr. Fogarty has served as founder/Co-founder, and Chairman/Board Member of over 45 various business and research companies, based on medical devices designed and developed by Fogarty Engineering, Inc. During more than the past 50 years, he has acquired 165 surgical patents, including the “industry standard” Fogarty balloon catheter and the widely used Aneurx Stent Graft that replaces open surgery aortic aneurysm. Dr. Fogarty is the recipient of countless awards and honors; most significantly, he is the recipient of the Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons, the 2000 Lemelson-MIT prize for Invention and Innovation and Innovation and was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Engineering. Recently he was awarded the 2012 Presidential National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
Dr. Fogarty and his colleagues founded the Fogarty Institute for Innovation (a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit) on the campus of El Camino Hospital in 2007. The purpose of the Institute is to create an environment where innovation in medicine is encouraged, supported, and nurtured.
Dr. Fogarty was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and received his undergraduate education at Xavier University and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his residency at the University of Oregon and later served as Medical Staff President at Stanford Medical Center from 1973-1975. After thirteen years directing the Cardiovascular Surgery Program at Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City, California, he returned to academic life at Stanford University School of Medicine in July 1993, as Professor of Surgery. Dr. Fogarty now spends his time creating new medical devices and mentoring at the Institute for Innovation and working as a Managing Partner of Emergent Medical Partners.