Dr. Fogarty


Dr. Fogarty is an internationally recognized cardiovascular surgeon, inventor, entrepreneur and vintner. He has dedicated his entire career to improving patient care and has acquired 165 medical patents for his revolutionary work, including the "industry standard" Fogarty balloon catheter and the widely used Aneurx Stent Graft that replaces open surgery aortic aneurysm. His inventions heavily influence the way surgery is performed today. Dr. Fogarty has been recognized by countless organizations for his contributions to medical science.

Dr. Fogarty founded the Fogarty Institute for Innovation on the campus of El Camino Hospital in 2007 to spur medical device innovation, improve patient care and lower healthcare costs.

Career Highlights

  • Inventor of the balloon catheter used in more than 300,000 procedures worldwide per year, estimated to have saved the lives/limbs of 20 million patients
  • Founder of more than 45 medical device companies
  • Named inventor on 165 surgical instrument patents
  • Awarded the Presidential National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • Awarded 2000 Lemelsen-MIT Prize for Invention & Innovation
  • Awarded the Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons
  • Member of the National Inventors Hall-of-Fame and the National Academy of Engineering
  • Co-founder of Three Arch Partners venture capital firm
  • Managing Partner of Emergent Medical Partners


Dr. Fogarty was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and received his undergraduate education at Xavier University and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his residency at the University of Oregon and later served as Medical Staff President at Stanford Medical Center from 1973-1975. After 13 year directing the Cardiovascular Surgery Program at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, California, he returned to academic life at Stanford University School of Medicine in July 1993, as Professor of Surgery. Dr. Fogarty now spends his time creating new medical devices, mentoring innovators at the Fogarty Institute and working as a Managing Partner of Emergent Medical Partners.

About Thomas J. Fogarty, M.D.

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Dr. Fogarty

"We strive to create an environment where we can cost effectively develop technology that directly benefits patients."

– Thomas J. Fogarty, MD, Founder, FII