Earl Bakken Scientific Achievement Award

The Earl Bakken Award was established in 1999 through a grant from medical equipment company Medtronic, Inc., to honor individuals who have made outstanding scientific contributions that have enhanced the practice of cardiothoracic surgery and patients' quality of life. The award is named for one of the co-founders of Medtronic, Earl Bakken. Among numerous other achievements, Mr. Bakken developed the first wearable artificial pacemaker.

Selected by the STS Nominating Committee, recipients of the Earl Bakken Award receive a cash prize of $10,000. The following are past recipients of the award:

2000 - Gerald D. Buckberg
2001 - Rene G. Favaloro
2001 - W. Dudley Johnson
2002 - Hermes C. Grillo
2003 - Denton R. Cooley
2004 - Richard D. Weisel
2005 - Randall B. Griepp
2006 - Vincent L. Gott
2007 - Joel D. Cooper
2008 - William A. Baumgartner
2009 - James L. Cox
2010 - Mark B. Orringer
2011 - Philippe Menasche
2012 - Sidney Levitsky 
2013 -  D. Craig Miller
2014 - G. Alexander Patterson

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