Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.
Physician, surgeon, researcher, lecturer, author - Dr. Bartley Griffith has become one of the most prominent people in his profession. While earning a degree in biology, Bart Griffith was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and played varsity lacrosse. After postgraduate studies at the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, he did internships and residencies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he currently is assistant professor of surgery. His accomplishments as a thoracic surgeon have received national acclaim. As a member of the heart transplant team at Presbyterian University Hospital, he has been involved in more than 200 heart transplants. His patients include 9-year-old Kimberly Fuller, the youngest person in the United States to receive a heart transplant, and Thomas Gaidosh, a 47-year-old man who had a Jarvik-7 mechanical heart transplanted into his body prior to having it removed when a suitable human heart became available. Furthermore, Dr. Griffith was the first person in the nation to develop a device that enables transplant surgeons to keep both the heart and lungs of a donor alive, outside the body, until the organs can be transplanted.