Buckberg was selected for his significant contributions in the field of myocardial preservation and his study of the anatomy and functional changes that cause heart failure. The association also cited his persistence in teaching other surgeons how to better protect the heart during heart surgery as one of the most important contributions to modern-day cardiothoracic surgery.

Buckberg was an intern and resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. He completed his general surgical residency and cardiothoracic training at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) and his research training at the Cardiovascular Institute of the University of California, San Francisco. He is a member of multiple surgical societies, including the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, the American Surgical Association and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Established in 1994, the award honours individuals who have achieved scientific contributions in the field of thoracic surgery worthy of the highest recognition. Previous recipients of this award make up an illustrious group of cardiac surgeons of worldwide eminence and include John Kirklin, Norman Shumway, Michael DeBakey, Denton Cooley and Alain Carpentier.

MEDICA.de; Source: University of California – Los Angeles