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 awards@aami.org.


Winners of the Laufman-Greatbatch Award

  • 2019 - Lawana Bryan, Carol Means, Tim Rausch, Tina Hayes, Penny Robertson, and Christina Van Den Handel, Northeast Georgia Health System
  • 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

 

2019 Award Recipient

Lawana Bryan, Carol Means, Tim Rausch, Tina Hayes, Penny Robertson, and Christina Van Den Handel, Northeast Georgia Health System

This year’s award is presented to the education team for the simulation center at Northeast Georgia Health System, which includes Lawana Bryan, Carol Means, Tim Rausch, Tina Hayes, Penny Robertson, and Christina Van Den Handel.

Simulation technology helps improve performance and outcomes related to medical devices and systems by preparing individuals or teams for unusual or uncommon situations. This approach to training is usually employed by large university medical centers rather than community-based health systems; however, the team at Northeast Georgia Health System has built a training program capable of reaching all corners of its region. From its humble beginnings utilizing manikins in a basement closet of an old building, the team has grown the program into a multimillion-dollar "simulation center of excellence,” and is poised to launch the first mobile simulation unit in the state of Georgia this summer.