Johns Hopkins Cardiac Surgery
1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21287
University of Wichita
Yale Medical School
University of Minnesota - General and Cardiothoracic Surgery
Former Co-Director of The Dana and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases
Professor of Emeritus
Adult cardiac surgery
As an intern at the University of Minnesota Hospital in 1954, Dr. Vincent Gott observed first-hand Dr. C. Walton Lillehei’s first cross-circulation case. Dr. Gott worked as a research fellow in Dr. Lillehei’s laboratory during 1956 and 1957; during this time, the pacemaker in combination with myocardial wire, was developed for use in children developing heart block following ventricular septal defect repair.
On completion of his residency training, Dr. Gott joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. While in Madison, Dr. Gott with Ronald Daggett, Professor of Plastic Engineering, developed a bileaflet prosthetic valve for clinical use. This valve had a carbon coating with heparin bonded to the surface.
Dr. Gott was appointed as Cardiac Surgeon-in-Charge at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in 1965. He remained in this position until 1982 when he was succeeded by Dr. Bruce Reitz. Dr. Gott remained active in clinical cardiac surgery until 1994.
Dr. Gott is past president of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. His honors include the A.M.A. Hekteon Gold Medal and the Antoine Marfan Award from the National Marfan Foundation. He is an honorary member of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and the Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery. In 1998, Dr. Gott gave the Ralph Alley lecture at the annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons; in 2000 he gave the William Glenn Lecture at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association and in 2001 he gave the John Gibbon Lecture at the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons.
In 2005 Dr. Gott was selected by the Lillehei Heart Institute for a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 50th Anniversary of Open Heart Surgery by Cross-Circulation at the University of Minnesota. (Eleven individuals were honored for “seminal contributions to the development of open heart surgery”.)
In January 2006 Dr. Gott received the Earl Bakken Scientific Achievement Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. “To recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions that have enhanced the practice of cardiothoracic surgery.”
Dr. Gott is the author or co-author of more than 300 scientific publications related to cardiac surgery.
Dr. Gott is most proud of his role in helping to train more that 60 cardiac surgeons at Johns Hopkins over the past 40 years. Two of Dr. Gott’s trainees, Dr. Mark Orringer and Dr. Timothy Gardner are respectively, past presidents of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.