A Fireside Chat with the "Edison of Medicine," Thomas Fogarty, MD

Noted inventor Thomas Fogarty, MD has worked with medical technology for more than half a century. In that time, his inventions have touched the lives of millions of patients across the globe. He has emerged as something of a Rennaissance man, who is an experienced investor, vascular surgeon, winemaker, founder of 40 medtech companies, and an inventor with 150 patents on surgical instruments. 

To honor Fogarty's achievements, MD+DI has presented him with the MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award. Dean Kamen, who is a famous inventor in his own right, will be on hand in Philadelphia on May 23 at MD&M East to present Fogarty with the prize.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Fogarty and discuss a number of topics ranging from how he took up inventing to his thoughts on the current regulatory environment. In the first part of the discussion, below, Fogarty also explains how his namesake product, the Fogarty catheter, was developed: 

Brian Buntz is the editor-at-large at UBM Canon's medical group. Follow him on Twitter at @brian_buntz