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Dr. Julio Palmaz

Interventional Radiologist

Dr. Julio Palmaz is a doctor of vascular radiology at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. He is known for inventing the balloon-expandable stent.

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Ep 114 Origin Story of the Palmaz Stent with Dr. Julio Palmaz
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About Dr. Julio Palmaz

Julio C. Palmaz received his M.D. in 1971 at the National University of La Plata, Argentina, with radiology specialty training at the University of California, Davis’, Martinez VA Medical Center. He joined the University of Texas Health Sciences Department of Radiology in 1983 as chief of angiography and special procedures until 1999, then served as chief of cardiovascular and interventional radiology research until 2005. He was chief scientific advisor of Vactronix Scientific and is an honorary Ashbel Smith Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Palmaz developed the first balloon expandable vascular stent to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. The Palmaz Stent is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. In 1994, Palmaz and fellow 2019 Russ Prize recipient Richard Schatz created a modified coronary stent—the Palmaz-Schatz stent, which became the gold standard for every subsequent stent submitted for FDA approval. It has been used in nearly 100 million patients worldwide, making the Palmaz-Schatz Stent one of the top 10 medical device patents of the last 50 years.

Palmaz was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006, selected for the Gold Medal of the Society of Interventional in 2007, and inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in 2013. He is a distinguished scientist and fellow of the American Heart Association, a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and a fellow of the Society of Interventional Radiology. Palmaz has also received honorary recognitions from the Argentinian College of Cardiology, National University of La Plata, International Society of Endovascular Surgery, Society of Interventional Radiology, German Roentgen Society, San Antonio chapter of the AHA, Washington Cardiovascular Research Foundation, Society of Cardiac Angiography, Texas Heart Institute, Texas Bar Association, Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation, and Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology Society of Europe.

He has 60 patents, and has authored more than 35 books or book chapters, and more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals.

He now owns and operates Palmaz Vineyards in California’s Napa Valley.

Podcasts Featuring Dr. Julio Palmaz

Episode #114


Dr. Julio Palmaz talks with Dr. Bryan Hartley about where he got the idea for the first commercially-available vascular stent, how he developed it working in his garage, and persevered despite repeated rejections to take it to market. Don't miss this one!

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