Kurt Amplatz (1924-)
Professor Kurt Amplatz is an Austrian born radiologist and has been a medical device inventor over the past many decades. He continues to invent new concepts and ideas, including the most recent invention of the Amplatzer Septal Occluder, used for closing atrial septal defects. His early contributions to interventional cardiology date back to 1958, when he performed one of the first percutaneous heart catheterizations.
He is renowned for pioneering the Amplatz catheter, his invention for improving the catheterization of coronary arteries when the Judkins catheters did not provide enough engagement.
He has spent most of his career in Radiology as the Chairman of Interventional Radiology at the University of Minnesota. His primary focus has been on congenital and structural heart disease.