TCT Career Achievement Award

For significant contributions to the field of interventional cardiology and transforming patient care through career endeavors, research pursuits, and mentorship of others.

Stuart J. Pocock, PhD

Department of Medical Statistics
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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“We couldn’t be more honored to bestow this award upon Stuart. Throughout his career, he has championed the importance of properly designed and executed clinical trials, especially in the field of interventional cardiology, helping to establish it as an academically focused, data-driven field.”

— Gary S. Mintz, MD, TCT Program Director 

Congratulations to Professor Stuart Pocock!

Professor Stuart Pocock is a behind-the-scenes giant in bringing lifesaving and quality-of-life-enhancing therapies to individuals with cardiovascular disease. As a professor of medical statistics for more than three decades at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, he uses his statistical and methodological expertise to bring forth the evidence for (or against, when relevant) cutting-edge technologies in interventional cardiovascular medicine and heart failure. Through his innovative statistical approaches, Professor Pocock’s work has provided vital, data-driven insights for clinicians to use in their daily practice and made immeasurable contributions to the body of evidence-based literature in cardiology.

His primary research interests center around major clinical trials in cardiology, focusing on methodological developments and applied collaboration; he is also interested in observational epidemiology, particularly pharmaco-epidemiology. Professor Pocock earned his PhD and MSc in medical statistics at London University, and his BSc in mathematics at Cambridge University.

Currently, Professor Pocock, along with his colleagues, directs a statistical center for the design, conduct, analysis, and reporting of major clinical trials, chiefly in cardiovascular diseases. A frequent lecturer on a variety of clinical trial topics, he is also a consulting expert statistician for a wide range of clinical trials and serves as a statistical member of many trial data-monitoring and steering committees. He is proud of his ongoing international collaborations with, among others, the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares, in Madrid; and the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York. He is the author of a popular textbook, “Clinical Trials: A Practical Approach,” and more than 600 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

His intent has been to optimize the scientific collaboration between statisticians and cardiologists/researchers, always ensuring that complexities are clearly explained. His wisdom, teaching, and leadership have guided many students, fellows, and colleagues in both statistics and medicine to undertake successful careers in medical research.

Previous Winners of the TCT Career Achievement Award

Honoring pioneers in interventional cardiovascular medicine.

2022: Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD
2019: Robert O. Bonow, MD, MS
2018: Bram D. Zuckerman, MD
2017: Elazer Edelman, MD, PhD
2016: Runlin Gao, MD
2015: John E. Abele
2014: Michael J. Mack, MD
2013: Andreas Gruentzig, MD
2012: Renu Virmani, MD
2011: Eric J. Topol, MD
2010: Alain G. Cribier, MD
2009: Spencer B. King III, MD
2008: Seung-Jung Park, MD

2007: Barry T. Katzen, MD
2006: Paul Yock, MD
2005: James T. Willerson, MD
2004: Eugene Braunwald, MD
2003: J. Eduardo M.R. Sousa, MD, PhD
2002: William W. O’Neill, MD
2000: Donald S. Baim, MD
1999: Julio C. Palmaz, MD
1998: Antonio Colombo, MD
1997: John B. Simpson, PhD, MD
1996: Patrick W. Serruys, MD, PhD
1995: David R. Holmes, Jr, MD
1994: Geoffrey O. Hartzler, MD

TCT Geoffrey O. Hartzler Master Operator Award

For Superior Operator Skills and Leadership in Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine

William L. Lombardi, MD

Clinical Professor Medicine
Director, Complex Coronary Artery Disease Therapies
Attending Physician, University of Washington Medical Center

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"Bill is a passionate, intuitive, and creative master interventional operator, and a dedicated mentor who has devoted his career to improving and refining CTO and complex coronary techniques and technologies. As a humanist and clinician in his daily practice, he’s always striving to improve his skills and methods to perform safer and more efficient procedures, so that patients benefit from the best available treatments."

– Martin B. Leon, MD, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of CRF

Congratulations to Dr. William L. Lombardi!

A world-renowned expert in complex coronary disease therapies, Dr. Bill Lombardi has been one of the highest-volume complex PCI and chronic total occlusion (CTO) operators in the world for more than a decade.

Dr. Lombardi is also deeply engaged in developing novel CTO techniques and technologies and is noted for helping to create and educate on a hybrid algorithm that facilitates successful, reproducible outcomes in CTO and complex lesion percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Additionally, Dr. Lombardi has been involved with more than 20 new technologies that improve PCI, including guide wires, microcatheters, specialty balloons, and novel approaches to reduce radiation and orthopedic injuries to operators.

Dr. Lombardi completed his M.D. at Tulane Medical School, in New Orleans, and went on to the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, for his internal medicine residency and fellowships in cardiology, heart failure/cardiac transplant, and interventional cardiology. He is board certified in interventional cardiology and cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Lombardi continues to innovate at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle as a clinical professor of medicine and the director of Complex Coronary Disease Therapies. The author of more than 100 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and nine book chapters on CTO-PCI, he has also delivered more than 200 invited lectures and has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on more than 30 clinical trials.

Dr. Lombardi’s focus remains on improving outcomes through numerous collaborations with colleagues in the field and teaching the next generation of CTO operators.

Outside the cath lab, Dr. Lombardi enjoys fishing, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with his family on their boat, Lioness.

Previous Winners of the TCT Geoffrey O. Hartzler Master Operator Award

Honoring physicians who have advanced the field of interventional cardiovascular medicine through technical excellence and innovation.

2022: Jean Fajadet, MD
2019: Shigeru Saito, MD
2018: John G. Webb, MD
2017: Alec Vahanian, MD
2016: Patrick L. Whitlow, MD
2015: Paul S. Teirstein, MD

2014: Marie Claude Morice, MD
2013: Bernhard Meier, MD
2012: Barry D. Rutherford, MD
2011: Horst Sievert, MD, PhD
2010: Hideo Tamai, MD; Osamu Katoh, MD; Takahiko Suzuki, MD
2009: Eberhard Grube, MD

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