2018 Recipient - O. Howard "Bud" Frazier


Dr. Frazier is recognized by the Society for his efforts over more than 30 years as a pioneer in the treatment of severe heart failure and in the fields of heart transplantation and artificial devices used either to substitute for or assist in the pumping action of the human heart.


Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Dr. Frazier explored experimental work toward developing an implantable left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to aid the failing heart and in 1986, he implanted the first LVAD with the Hemopump.® In 2003, he implanted the first HeartMate II,® a device that has since become the most widely used implantable LVAD in the world. In 2011, Dr. Frazier implanted the first successful continuous-flow total artificial heart using two HeartMate II® LVADs to replace a patient's failing heart. He has also performed over 1,300 heart transplants and implanted more than 1,000 left ventricular assist devices - more than any other surgeon in the world.


The Society looks forward to honoring Dr. Frazier with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Opening Plenary Session on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at the ISHLT 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions in Nice, France. We hope to see many ISHLT members in attendance.