Health Care Heroes Awards honor physicians, nurses, researchers Woodruff Health Sciences Center | May 24, 2017 The Atlanta Business Chronicle has selected Emory health sciences faculty and staff as winners or finalists in all seven categories in its annual Health Care Heroes Awards competition. Robert Guyton, MD, is winner of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to the field of medicine and his advancement of medical science and education. Guyton is chief of Emory’s Division of Cardiothoracic surgery; the Charles R. Hatcher Professor of Surgery; and director of the Thoracic Residency Program, Emory University School of Medicine. Guyton’s esteemed career at Emory began in 1980, when he founded the Cardiothoracic Research Laboratory of the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center, an active and successful research laboratory for the last 37 years, contributing substantial advancements to cardiac surgical science. Under Guyton’s leadership, major contributions have been made to the protection of the heart during open heart surgery, prevention of damage to the heart at the time of a heart attack, prevention of deterioration of artificial heart valves, and most recently to the development of new devices for the treatment of mitral valve and aortic valve diseases. Under Guyton’s guidance as chief, Emory’s CT Surgery program has achieved preeminent national recognition as one of the country’s top five programs in areas including off-pump coronary revascularization, congenital cardiac surgery, robotic mitral surgery, major aortic surgery, robotic-assisted coronary bypass and transcatheter aortic valve replacement. For almost three decades Guyton has been responsible for the education of some of the most accomplished and successful clinical surgeons in the United States, participating in the training of more than 140 resident physicians. The Emory cardiothoracic surgery residency training program accounts for approximately five percent of all active cardiac surgeons in the country today, a clear indication of Guyton’s impact on the surgical profession. Zoher Kapasi, PT, PhD, MA, is the winner in the Allied Health Professional category, for his leadership in advancing the profession of physical therapy and developing the next generation of practitioners. Kapasi is director of the Division of Physical Therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in Emory University School of Medicine, chief of outpatient development for the Division of Physical Therapy, and associate professor of rehabilitation medicine. Kapasi joined Emory in 1994 and became division director in 2011. Today, Emory’s Division of Physical Therapy has one of the top 10 physical therapy education programs in the country, offering all doctoral level programs, including the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, DPT-MBA (Master of Business Administration) program with Emory’s Goizueta Business School, and DPT-MPH (Master of Public Health) program with Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.
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