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SAN ANTONIO, Texas, September 16, 2008 – Three internationally known pediatric surgeons from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and its academic children's hospital, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital, are this year's recipients of the prestigious Julio Palmaz Award for Innovation in Healthcare and the Biosciences. Robert M. Campbell, Jr., M.D., Melvin D. Smith, M.D. (deceased) and Kaye E. Wilkins, D.V.M., M.D. are each being honored for devising innovative ideas that have had tangible, life-saving results around the world.
Last year's award went to Karen Davis Ph.D., president of The Commonwealth Fund. Julio Palmaz, M.D., world-renowned inventor of the PALMAZ® Stent, was the inaugural recipient in 2006 and namesake of the industry award. The Palmaz Award was launched in San Antonio by BioMed SA, a non-profit corporation founded in 2005 to help grow and promote the area's thriving healthcare and bioscience sector.
"The biomedical innovations that come out of San Antonio continue to have a profound impact on people across the globe," said BioMed SA Chair Henry Cisneros, a former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and four-term mayor of San Antonio. "These honorees clearly demonstrate how the science of San Antonio is saving lives around the world, in this case, the lives of young children who were either born with orthopaedic deformities or developed them as a result of trauma. Not only have these remarkable San Antonio physicians saved the lives of their own patients, they have taught other physicians and health professionals throughout the world how to perform life saving procedures."
For background on this year's honorees, Click here for recipient biosFOR FULL STORY. (Press release, September 16, 2008)
Express-News Business Writer
The San Antonio biomedical industry honors three San Antonio doctors tonight with the third annual Palmaz Award for their innovations that have made a difference for children around the world.
BioMed SA will present the award to Dr. Robert Campbell Jr. and the late Dr. Melvin Smith for their work on developing the titanium rib for children with spinal and chest deformities and identifying Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome.
Also honored is Dr. Kaye Wilkins, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in San Antonio who has trained general orthopedic surgeons and medical technicians in impoverished countries so they can better care for children.
The award is named for Dr. Julio Palmaz, the first recipient of the award in 2006 and inventor of the Palmaz stent used to keep arteries from collapsing. BioMed SA is a nonprofit entity that promotes the city's health care and biotech sector.
"It's getting a reputation as an important award," said Henry Cisneros, founding chairman of BioMed SA and former San Antonio mayor. "There is an international theme this year with innovation giving the ability to heal people beyond the city limits."
Campbell has been honored for identifying the previously unrecognized condition of chest deformity constricting lung growth as well as developing the titanium rib to rebuild chest walls in pediatric patients.FOR FULL STORY. (San Antonio Express-News, September 16, 2008)