The 2003 Presidential Awards
by Amanda GallagherExcellence is difficult to measure. Each time we set standards, someone raises the bar. Each time we set limits, someone breaks them. It takes intellect, determination and passion to see beyond what we believe is possible. Those who can are considered truly excellent. Those who have are this year’s Presidential Award winners.
On Jan. 28, hundreds of faculty, staff and students gathered in the Health Science Center auditorium to witness something important: the acknowledgement of excellence. We are surrounded by it every day. But because excellence is not the exception – it is the rule at the Health Science Center – we sometimes forget to pause and pay tribute to those making a tremendous impact on where we work and how we live.
Each year, the Health Science Center takes a day to recognize the distinct few who have surpassed all our expectations. This year, the highest honor goes to Julio Palmaz, M.D.
Dr. Palmaz received the Presidential Distinguished Scholar Award for 2003. The award represents the very best in academic achievement. It honors an individual who exhibits superior scholarship and has contributed significantly to theory, research and practice.
Dr. Palmaz patented the first balloon-expandable stent. The device revolutionized cardiac care. It is now used in more than 2 million procedures a year.
Dr. Palmaz is internationally recognized for his outstanding achievements. He has bestowed honor upon the Health Science Center and, most importantly, his ingenuity has saved countless lives. Dr. Palmaz is truly a most worthy recipient of this year’s award.
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