AAMI Foundation's Laufman-Greatbatch Award
This is AAMI's most prestigious award. Named after two pioneers in the field—Harold Laufman, MD and Wilson Greatbatch, PhD—this highly regarded award honors an individual or group that has made a unique and significant contribution to the advancement of healthcare technology and systems, service, patient care, or patient safety.
Candidates must demonstrate:
- A significant, singular, and global impact on the advancement of patient care or patient safety through the advancement, development, enhancement, or creation of a specific medical device, technology, system, or service.
- Groups or individuals who have made critical contributions to the enhancement of patient care through technology are eligible to receive this award.
The award includes a $5,000 check and a plaque to be presented at the AAMI Exchange in Cleveland, OH.
The deadline for 2019 nominations has now passed. For more information on future nomination periods, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners of the Laufman-Greatbatch Award
- 2018 – Lauren C. Thompson, PhD
- 2017 – Victoria Hitchins, PhD
- 2016 – Ary L. Goldberger, MD; Roger G. Mark, MD, PhD; and George Moody
- 2015 – Masakazu Tsuzuki, MD, PhD
- 2014 – Matthew B. Weinger, MD
- 2013 – Carl Bruch, PhD
- 2012 – David Bates
- 2011 – Timothy Vanderveen, PharmD
- 2010 – Neal E. Fearnot, PhD
- 2009 – Forrest M. Bird, MD
- 2008 – Jack Harrington
- 2007 – Willis A. Tacker, Jr., MD, PhD
- 2006 – Nathaniel Sims, MD
- 2005 – Maynard Ramsey, III, MD, PhD
- 2004 – Dr. George J. Magovern, Sr., MD
- 2003 – David Hood, Steve Alexander, Matthew Hanson, Todd Kneale, and Terry Domae
- 2002 – David E. Flinchbaugh, PhD, PE
- 2001 – Huntly D. Millar
- 2000 – Thomas Fogarty, MD
- 1999 – Adrian Kantrowitz, MD
- 1998 – Earl E. Bakken
- 1997 – Alan Berson, PhD
- 1996 – John G. Webster, PhD
- 1995 – John Watson, PhD
- 1994 – Robert Arzbaecher, PhD
- 1993 – Craig J. Hartley, PhD
- 1992 – Otto Herbert Schmitt, PhD
- 1991 – Allen Latham, Jr.
- 1989 – Paul C. Lauterbur, PhD
- 1988 – Michel Mirowski, MD
- 1987 – Leslie A. Geddes, ME, PhD
- 1985 – Dwight E. Harken, MD
- 1984 – Clarence Dennis
- 1983 – Charles A. Mistretta, PhD
- 1982 – Wilson Greatbatch, PE
- 1981 – Reginald C. Eggleton
- 1980 – Martin H. Wilcox
- 1979 – Norman J. Holter, DSc
- 1978 – Godfrey N. Hounsfield
- 1977 – Willem Johan Kolff, MD, PhD
- 1976 – Robert F. Rushmer, MD
- 1975 – Barouh V. Berkovits
2018 Award Recipient
Lauren C. Thompson, PhD
This year’s award is presented to Lauren Thompson, who has dedicated her 30-year career to providing world-class healthcare to U.S. service members, veterans, and their families by supporting national health data-sharing efforts and promoting interoperability between the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and their private partners. Thompson was greatly influential in leading the DoD’s and VA’s collaborative efforts to ensure both departments’ electronic health records were fully interoperable and shared an integrated display of data. According to colleagues, the realization of this goal continues to promote patient-centric healthcare experiences, seamless care transitions, and improvements in health outcomes for the more than 15 million patients who receive care from both departments.