The name Thomas J. Fogarty, MD is synonymous with innovation (and wine
). His Fogarty Balloon Embolectomy Catheter, patented in 1969, not only revolutionized cardiovascular surgery, it revolutionized medicine. In addition to being the first balloon catheter to be used therapeutically, it also represented the first minimally invasive medical technology, causing far less trauma to patients than previous surgical methods.
During the past 40 years, he has acquired more than 100 medical patents.
Now Dr. Fogarty is harnessing his experience and expertise to mentor other physician innovators through the Fogarty Institute for Innovation
at El Camino Hospital, the first of its kind in the world. The non-profit organization, founded by Dr. Fogarty and supported initially with his generous donation, will be an incubator of ideas.
"Our goal is to create the most physician-friendly environment anywhere for developing new technologies and ideas," says Dr. Fogarty. "Physician innovators face almost overwhelming obstacles, from limited funding to strict regulation and time demands. We want to enable physicians to overcome these barriers."
El Camino Hospital has a stellar history of innovation and of allowing physicians to explore different ways of improving patient care. "I enjoy collaborating with this community of physicians and supporting the culture of innovation already in evidence here."