Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient
Medical School, October 19, 2011
Scott D. Augustine, M.D, received his bachelor of elected studies degree (1975) from the College of Liberal Arts and doctor of medicine degree (1979) from the Medical School at the University of Minnesota. An avid entrepreneur, he is the founder of two groundbreaking medical device companies, Augustine Medical, Inc. (1987) and Augustine Biomedical + Design (2003). After graduating from the University of Minnesota Medical School as a trained anesthesiologist, he joined the Navy, serving in residency at the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego. Fellowships at Stanford, the University of California-San Diego, and the Mayo Clinic followed. He also practiced medicine in San Diego and Kansas City. He holds 119 patents for inventions including the inflatable thermal blanket that maintains body temperature during surgery, wound and tissue treatment devices, nasal tube, needle penetration, and tracheal intubation guides. He is best known for his invention of the Bair Hugger Total Temperature Management System, a method of preventing hypothermia during surgical operations. In addition to his groundbreaking medical inventions, he has also dedicated his life to changing the lives of others through philanthropy. He is the founder of the Peace House Foundation/Peace House Africa, a non-profit organization based in Minnesota working to help children who have been affected by the AIDS pandemic in East Africa and the founder of the Augustine Family Foundation, which has contributed $5 million to Peace House Africa since 2004. He was selected as Minnesota Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992 and was an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2002. He is a loyal alumnus of the University of Minnesota, serving as an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and a member of the board of directors at the Minnesota Medical Foundation. He has contributed $1,000,000 each to the Scott D. and Susan D. Augustine Biomedical Engineering Research Fellowship for students of the University of Minnesota, and the construction of the TCF Bank Stadium.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.