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Ulrich Sigwart, MD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Sigwart has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of healthcare and higher education

Dr. Sigwart is a world-renowned cardiologist who is known for his pioneering role in the conception and clinical use of vascular stents.

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, November 20, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Ulrich Sigwart, MD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Sigwart celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

A world-renowned cardiologist who is known for his pioneering role in the conception and clinical use of vascular stents, the German-born Dr. Sigwart first received his medical training at the Universities of Freiburg and Basel; he graduated at the University of Munster, earning an MD in 1967. He then completed a DSc in Medicine at the University of Freiburg that same year, followed by a "venia legendi" in Medicine at the University of Düsseldorf in 1978. After finishing an internship at the Community Hospital of Loerrach, Dr. Sigwart travelled to the U.S. to complete his residency training at Framingham Union Hospital, Boston VA Hospital, and fellowship in cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

At the conclusion of his training in 1973, Dr. Sigwart took on the role of chief of the catheterization laboratory at the Gollwitzer-Meier Institute, which later became the "Heart Center North-Rhein-Westphalia" in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, where he set up an invasive cardiology program. Six years later, he was named chief of invasive cardiology at the University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he started the fundamental work on vascular stenting. It was during this time that many professionals travelled to Lausanne to observe and learn from Dr. Sigwart's technique. Remaining in this role for 10 years, from 1979 to 1989, he then moved to London, England, to work as the director of the invasive cardiology department at Royal Brompton Hospital for 12 years before ultimately returning to Switzerland in 2001 to serve as chair of cardiology at the University of Geneva. Recognized as an emeritus professor, he retired from his post as chief of cardiology in 2006.

In 1987, Dr. Sigwart authored a land-mark paper where he gave an account of the clinical use of stents to prevent occlusion and restenosis, the most common reasons that transluminal balloon angioplasty may fail to provide long-term benefit. The article was titled "Intravascular Stents to Prevent Occlusion and Restenosis After Transluminal Angioplasty." He not only conceived and developed endoluminal stenting to treat coronary and extra-coronary arterial disease by providing a viable and safe alternative to bypass surgery, but also invented the non-surgical technique known as alcohol septal ablation (Sigwart-procedure), a percutaneous technique to reduce abnormal enlargement of the septum that separates the ventricles of the heart. In 1994, Dr. Sigwart treated the first patients in London with this now widely used method, which allows symptomatic patients to avoid open heart surgery.

The founder of Jonas Foundation alongside his wife Christine Sigwart-Sartorius, Dr. Sigwart formed this humanitarian organization to help young people find new hope and perspective in life, fight social exclusion and violence, and promote cross-cultural dialogue through the arts. He also chaired the Swiss Cultural Fund in Great Britain, and served on the editorial board of several publications, including the Journal of American College of Cardiology. Dr. Sigwart also co-edited and authored several handbooks, and contributed more than 700 articles to professional journals.

A founding fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, as well as a fellow of the American College of Angiology and the Royal College of Physicians, Dr. Sigwart has been also a longtime member of various other professional organizations, and became an honorary member of the Swiss Society of Cardiology among others. He is also affiliated with the Britain Cardiac Society, the German Society of Cardiology, and many more.

Dr. Sigwart's contributions to medicine and the advancement of interventional cardiology have led to countless awards. In addition to receiving an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Lausanne in 1999, he also received a European Society of Cardiology Medal, the Gruentzig Award in 1996 and 2006, the Forssman Prize in 2001, the King Faisal International Prize for Medicine in 2004, and a Polzer Prize of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2007. The American College of Cardiology gave him the Maseri-Florio Award in 2007, the Paul Dudley White Award 2012 as well as the Distinguished Scientist Award 2013. He has been highlighted in more than 30 editions of Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who in the World since 1997.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Ulrich Sigwart, MD, has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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