February 26, 2010

Dr. Innovation


Among Silicon Valley pioneers, Dr. Thomas Fogarty is in a class of his own: Rather than pushing the boundaries of bits and bytes, the Stanford professor helped many patients avoid open-heart surgery by first inventing the balloon catheter and later the “stent graft”, a tiny implant that strengthens weak arteries to keep them open. Today’s New York Times article about stents potentially being as effective in preventing strokes as surgery reminded my of my own interview with Dr. Fogarty for Earlybird Magazine (page 16 here). And if you prefer a glass of wine over worrying about health issues, the good doctor can help out, too – as he happens to be not just a renowned surgeon but also the owner of Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards. Here’s to good health!

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