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February 27, 2023

William Lombardi receives TCT Geoffrey O. Hartzler Master Operator Award

He was selected for the award for his superior operator skills and leadership in interventional cardiovascular medicine.
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Dr. William Lombardi, clinical professor (Cardiology) is the 2023 recipient of the TCT Geoffrey O. Hartzler Master Operator Award

The Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference is the Cardiovascular Research Foundation's (CRF) annual scientific symposium and the world's foremost educational forum specializing in interventional cardiovascular medicine.

Every year, TCT features major medical research breakthroughs and gathers leading researchers and clinicians from around the world to present and discuss the latest evidence-based research.

The Hartzler award honors physicians who have advanced the field of interventional cardiovascular medicine through technical excellence and innovation.

"Bill is a passionate, intuitive, and creative master interventional operator, and a dedicated mentor who has devoted his career to improving and refining CTO and complex coronary techniques and technologies. As a humanist and clinician in his daily practice, he’s always striving to improve his skills and methods to perform safer and more efficient procedures, so that patients benefit from the best available treatments."

– Martin B. Leon, MD, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of CRF


A world-renowned expert in complex coronary disease therapies, Dr. Bill Lombardi has been one of the highest-volume complex PCI and chronic total occlusion (CTO) operators in the world for more than a decade.

Dr. Lombardi is also deeply engaged in developing novel CTO techniques and technologies and is noted for helping to create and educate on a hybrid algorithm that facilitates successful, reproducible outcomes in CTO and complex lesion percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Additionally, Dr. Lombardi has been involved with more than 20 new technologies that improve PCI, including guide wires, microcatheters, specialty balloons, and novel approaches to reduce radiation and orthopedic injuries to operators.

Dr. Lombardi completed his M.D. at Tulane Medical School, in New Orleans, and went on to the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, for his internal medicine residency and fellowships in cardiology, heart failure/cardiac transplant, and interventional cardiology. He is board certified in interventional cardiology and cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Lombardi continues to innovate at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle as a clinical professor of medicine and the director of Complex Coronary Disease Therapies. The author of more than 100 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and nine book chapters on CTO-PCI, he has also delivered more than 200 invited lectures and has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on more than 30 clinical trials.

Dr. Lombardi’s focus remains on improving outcomes through numerous collaborations with colleagues in the field and teaching the next generation of CTO operators.

Outside the cath lab, Dr. Lombardi enjoys fishing, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with his family on their boat, Lioness.