“This is a great honor for me, particularly to be named alongside my partner Dr. Julio Palmaz, recognizing 30 years of hard work,” Dr. Schatz said. “The previous winners are all giants in the history of medicine who made great contributions to mankind.
“This year’s winners are all icons in our field as well, each of whose contributions made our success possible,” he said. “Millions of lives have been saved worldwide as a result of the work from this group. It is a real privilege to be named with all of them.”
Dr. Schatz attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, earned his medical degree from Duke Medical School and did his cardiology training at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He is an elected fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a distinguished fellow of the Hong Kong Cardiology Society. His other honors include the Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Barton Haynes Lifetime Scholar Award from Duke University Medical Center.
Other 2019 Russ Prize recipients were Leonard Pinchuk, PhD; John Simpson, MD; and Paul Yock, MD.
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