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Stent Pioneer Palmaz to Receive Corday Prize

Julio C. Palmaz, MD

Julio C. Palmaz, MD, a pioneering stent developer widely recognized for his role in revolutionizing cardiology and peripheral vascular medicine, will be presented with the Smidt Heart Institute's Eliot Corday, MD, International Prize in Heart Research on Tuesday, May 8. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

The prize recognizes a physician or scientist who has conducted groundbreaking research leading to fundamental changes in the practice of cardiology or cardiac surgery. Prior to the award presentation, Palmaz will discuss "A Vision of the Future of Interventional Cardiology."

A cardiologist and Ashbel Smith Professor at UT Health San Antonio (formerly known as the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio), Palmaz also is chief scientific advisor at Vactronix Scientific, a medical technology company.

The Palmaz stent was created to treat plaque-clogged coronary arteries and reduce the need for bypass graft surgery. The device is an implantable, wire-mesh tube designed to keep previously obstructed arteries open. It was approved in the early 1990s by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in peripheral arteries, followed by approval for coronary arteries. Today, coronary angioplasties are generally followed by stent placement, and millions of patients have benefited from this medical innovation.

A native of Argentina, Palmaz holds numerous patents for a range of medical devices. At the Smithsonian Institution, Palmaz’s groundbreaking work is featured in a permanent exhibition on inventions that changed the world. He continues to work on next-generation stents.

The Corday Prize, established in 2012, is named in honor of the late Eliot Corday, MD, who chaired the Cedars-Sinai Division of Cardiology for more than 10 years and made lasting contributions to cardiac medicine.

"It is fitting that Julio Palmaz will receive this prestigious award named after Eliot Corday, who himself was a pioneer in cardiology research and a Cedars-Sinai stalwart," said Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, director of the Smidt Heart Institute.

To attend the event, RSVP by May 7 to Roxanne Kinstetter at 323-866-7744 or Roxanne.Kinstetter@cshs.org.