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El Camino Hospital In the News

Medical innovator Fogarty faces 80 with optimism

Last Updated Mar 2014


Image of MV Voice Online LogoVisiting the Fogarty Institute for Innovation, you'd be forgiven for feeling a bit like James Bond taking a tour of Q Branch. Descending from the street level lobby to the ground floor of the old El Camino Hospital building in a clunky old elevator, a few turns down a nondescript hallway brings you to the front office.

These days, what was once the hospital's kitchen is now the "Fog Shop" -- a maze of work benches, industrial machinery and old walk-in freezers, which have been converted into closets and meeting rooms.

And then there's Q himself, Dr. Thomas Fogarty. A surgeon, vintner and inventor with 150 patents to his name, Fogarty founded the medical technology incubator in 2007 with the aim of cultivating and guiding the best and brightest health care innovators in the world.

Fogarty, who is turning 80 on Feb. 25, is planning to celebrate his birthday at the Tech Museum in San Jose on Feb. 27. He recently showed the Voice around the institute, looked back on his legacy, and talked about the future of health care and medical technology.

Read the full article on the Mountain View Voice website.