The 2014 Shotwell Award was presented to Robert G. Hauser, M.D., FACC, FHRS at the January 6, 2015 meeting of the Abbott Northwestern Medical Staff. Richard D. Schmidt, M.D., chair of the West Metro Medical Foundation of the Twin Cities Medical Society presented the award.
The Shotwell Award is presented annually to a person within the state of Minnesota who has made significant contributions in the field of health care.
Dr. Hauser is senior consulting cardiologist at Minneapolis Heart Institute®, and past president of the Cardiovascular Services Division at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Until 1987, he practiced cardiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Ill., where he was professor of Medicine and co-director of the section of Cardiology.
In 1987, he joined Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc., (Eli Lilly & Co.) and was named president and chief executive officer in 1988. He served in that capacity until 1992 when he returned to the full-time practice of cardiology with Minneapolis Heart Institute®.
Dr. Hauser graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1968, is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a founder, past president, and fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society.
Dr. Hauser's major career research interest is the safety and efficacy of implantable pacemakers and defibrillators and has published multiple papers in peer review journals regarding the reliability and performance of implantable cardiac rhythm management devices.
"In recognition of his leadership as a cardiologist and researcher, including the significant role he continues to play in advocating for his patients by challenging the medical device industry over the safety and efficacy of implantable cardiac devices, the West Metro Medical Foundation is honored to present Robert G. Hauser, M.D. with the 2014 Shotwell Award," said Dr. Schmidt.
The Shotwell Award was established by Metropolitan Medical Center in 1971 in recognition of the support and dedication of the Shotwell Family. Upon the closing of Metropolitan-Mount Sinai Medical Center in 1991, the West Metro Medical Society/Foundation assumed responsibility for selecting the recipient of the Shotwell Award.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Medical Staff has generously provided funding for the Shotwell Award since 2003. A plaque recognizing all the award recipients resides in the Courage Kenny Pavilion on the Abbott Northwestern campus.