Francois Lacour-Gayet, MD, Chief of Pediatric Heart Surgery at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, for his humanitarian work in performing heart surgery at no cost on children from developing countries.
A native of France and a graduate of the Sorbonne, Dr. Lacour-Gayet is world famous as an inventor of many life-saving trechniques for infants’ heart surgery. But it his humanitarian work that truly distinguishes him. He has been knighted by the French Legion D’Honneur for his work in Africa, VietNam and Haiti.
He is so dedicated to improving heart care in Haiti that he has even resigned from a worldwide humanitarian organization because their board said it was time to “move on.
Over the course of his 35-year career, world-renowned pediatric heart surgeon, Dr. François Lacour-Gayet, has earned an international reputation as a leader in complex neonatal heart surgery, complex biventricular repair, and the Fontan procedure in treat
Dr. Lacour-Gayet joined Montefiore from The Children’s Hospital in Aurora (Denver), Colorado, where he served as head of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Chair of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, co-Director of the Children’s Heart Institute and Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado.
He is currently president for Open Hearts Haiti and is the past president of the Surgeons of Hope Foundation. Dr. Lacour-Gayet has led missions to more than 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, performing cardiac surgery, training local doctors, and helping to build and upgrade medical facilities.
Dr. Lacour-Gayet, who has authored or co-authored more than 150 book chapters and scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, recently was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy.
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