• Legends of Cardiology

    SCAI pays tribute to the pioneers who launched the specialty of invasive and interventional cardiology. Through their vision, genius, and perseverence, these physicians laid the groundwork for many of the most important advances in medical care in general, and cardiovascular care in particular.

    We hope to continually expand our "Legends of Cardiology" section, as there are many "legends" in invasive/interventional cardiology who should be acknowledged here. We invite you to send your tributes to, and favorite memories of, these and other physicians who have made a real difference in the specialty. Your feedback and contributions are welcome at info@scai.org.

  • F. Mason Sones, M.D. (1918-1985)

    Father of coronary angiography and co-founder of the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions


    Melvin P. Judkins, M.D. (1922-1985)

    Developer of the preshaped catheters now known as "Judkins catheters" (the basis for the Judkins percutaneous transfemoral technique for selective coronary angiography) and SCAI co-founder


    Andreas Gruentzig, M.D. (1939-1985)

    Twenty-seven years ago, in Zurich, Switzerland, Dr. Andreas Gruentzig performed the first coronary angioplasty on an awake human patient. In doing so, he forever altered the role of the cardiologist in treating heart and vascular disease.


    Fred W. Schoonmaker, M.D. (1929-2005)

    Clinical investigator for the American Heart Association, and a charter member of the Board of Trustees of the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions


    Patrick J. Scanlon, M.D. (1938-2005)

    Past president of the American Heart Association of Metropolitan Chicago and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, served hundreds of patients and was mentor and friend to a generation of Chicago cardiologists


    John H. Vogel, M.D.

    Founding fellow of SCAI, founder of the Snowmass Conference (1968), and Snowmass program director