Ratschow Memorial Medal

Since 1969, the Ratschow Memorial Medal has been awarded annually by the CURATORIUM ANGIOLOGIAE INTERNATIONALIS to particularly deserving scientists from the field of vascular medicine and related disciplines. The Curatorium (see the “Curatorium” tab) is responsible for organizing the selection process and presenting the award. Membership is restricted to scientists from the international field of vascular medicine.

The award is intended to honor Prof. Max Ratschow (see the “Max Ratschow” tab), who is considered to have established angiology as a discipline. It was his commendable pupil, Prof. Norbert Klüken, who came up with the idea for this foundation.

The scientists awarded the medal give a presentation on one of the major aspects of their work during a session at the annual conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Phlebologie (German Phlebology Society – DGP). These are duly published in the “Documenta Angiologorum” by the Schattauer Verlag publishing house.

As Prof. Eberhard Rabe (President of the Curatorium) explains:

“The Documenta Angiologorum, one of various periodicals dedicated to angiology, has a particular objective. It is intended to give scientists and their work the recognition they deserve. In view of this, the articles printed in this publication are those that outline key developments in angiology and, for the most part, showcase the life’s work of an internationally renowned researcher honored by the Ratschow Memorial Medal.”

Bauerfeind has been a patron of this foundation for a number of years. It supports the work of the Curatorium, helps arrange the award ceremony, and covers all the associated costs.

Contact:
Dr. rer. nat. Peggy Schneider
(medical.affairs@bauerfeind.com)

Awardee 2021 – Dr. Nick Morrison

The former president of the International Union of Phlebology (seen online, middle) from Scottsdale, Arizona, was awarded the Max-Ratschow-Memorial Medal, by Prof. Dr. Eberhard Rabe (president of the curatorium, left) and Tina Krahn (product management Lymhology, Bauerfeind AG, right), to honor his life´s work during the 63rd congress of the German Phlebologist Society in Aachen.

Dr. Morrison was nominated due to his exceptional engagement in his own medical practice, his work in scientific committees, and his extensive list of publications during his career as a phlebologist over the last 50 years. Additionally, he heads a medical organization of volunteers since 1989, which takes care of the medical aid of people in need in Ecuador, Peru and Nicaragua.

Previous Ratschow Medial laureates

List of previous award winners

2020 M SCHADECK Wegbereiter der ultraschallgesteuerten Flüssigsklerosierung der Stammvenen

2019 W BLÄTTLER Ambulanten Versorgung von Thrombose-Patienten

2018 PETER MORTIMER, MD, PHD Lebenswerk insbesondere zur Untersuchung an Gefäßödemen und Lymphödemen

2017 PAOLO PRANDONI, MD, PHD Lebenswerk der Arbeit zu Gefäßkrankheiten

2016 PETER GLOVICZKI, MD Lebenswerk auf dem Gebiet der Gefäßmedizin

2015 PROF DR MED SYLVIA HAAS Lebenswerk insbesondere auf dem Gebiet der Thromboseforschung und Behandlung

2014 DR RAMELET

2013 DR MICHEL R PERRIN Lebenswerk insbesondere auf dem Gebiet der Gefäßchirurgie

2012 PROF WALDEMAR L OLSZEWSKI Lebenswerk, insbesondere entscheidender Beitrag zum Verständnis des menschlichen Lymphsystems

2011 PROF HA MARTINO NEUMANN Lebenswerk, insbesondere die phlebologische Therapie zu standardisieren und auch in die Praxis umzusetzen

2010 Prof Dr med Wolfgang HACH Lebenswerk, insbesondere die Entwicklung neuer phlebologischer Konzepte und Operationsmethoden

2009 Prof Dr Med J Leonel Villavicencio

2008 U SCHULTZ-EHRENBURG  Prospective epidemiological study on the beginning of varicose veins Bochum study I-IV

2007 Sir N BROWSE 50 years of phlebology Advance or standstill?

2006 R V CLUZAN Peripheral lymphoedema treatment

2005 ETELKA FÖLDI Die Brücke vom Experiment zur Klinik: Das Lymphödem

2004 H K BREDDIN Tiefe Beinvenenthrombose: Pathogenese, Diagnostik und Therapie Was ist gesichert? Welche Fragen bleiben offen?

2002 H PARTSCH Die Antistase, ein vernachlässigtes Therapiekonzept bei der tiefen Beinvenenthrombose

2001 T J RYAN The blood supply and lymphatic drainage of the skin

2000 N KLÜKEN Vaskuläre Dys- und Hyperplasien bei Kindern

1999 G W SCHMID-SCHÖNBEIN Mechanismen und Konsequenzen der Zellaktivierung in der Mikrozirkulation

1997 ST KUBIK Die Entwicklung und Bedeutung des Lymphgefäßsystems bei der Verhütung der Ödembildung unter Berücksichtigung der Struktureigenschaften

1996 H JELLINEK Die Wirkung von Magnesiumorotat auf die Herzmuskulatur und die Koronarien bei verschiedenen Tierarten in Modellexperimenten

1992 CHR M PAPENDIECK Zur Behandlung der Hypertension des Venensystems im Kindesalter

1991 E BETZ Experimentelle Studien zur Rolle von Gefäßwandmuskelzellen bei der arteriellen Verschlußkrankheit

1989 W DOERR Grundsätzliches zur Pathogenese der Gefäßkrankheiten

1988 F COCKETT Der Einfluß anatomischer Varietäten auf das Venensystem und seine Behandlung

1987 GERD ASSMANN Diagnostik und Therapie von Fettstoffwechselstörungen

1986 R J A M VAN DONGEN Heutiger Stand und Bedeutung der vaskulären Chirurgie

1985 JEAN FRANCOIS MERLEN Die Akrozyanosen – klinische, pathogenetische und therapeutische Paradoxien

1983 DIETRICH WERNER LÜBBERS Die Sauerstoffversorgung der Warmblüterorgane

1982 EDUARDO C PALMA Das postphlebitische Syndrom – operative Therapie

1981 MICHAEL FÖLDI Insuffizienz des Lymphgefäßsystems

1980 ROBERT W WISSLER Neueste Studien über die Pathogenese und Rückbildung der Atherosklerose

1979 G V R BORN Der Einfluß hämodynamischer Bedingungen auf die Hämostasefunktion der Thrombozyten

1978 R C MAYALL Das Hyperstomie-Syndrom, eine klinische Entität, verursacht durch einen arteriolovenulären Shunt, unter diagnostischen und therapeutischen Aspekten    

1977 R TOURNAY, H R VAN DER MOLEN Die Entwicklung der Phlebologie in den letzten 30 Jahren (1948-1978)

1976 W REDISCH Von William Harvey zu Otfried Müller

1975 O OLSSON Angiographie als Grundlagenuntersuchung in der klinischen Medizin

1974 L LASZT Die Biochemie und Pharmakologie der Venenwand

1973 G OTTAVIANI Allgemeine biologische Aussagen über das Lymphsystem

1972 R FONTAINE Die chirurgische Behandlung der arteriosklerotischen Verschlüsse der unteren Extremitäten

1971 E WOLLHEIM Kapillarkreislauf und Blutvolumen

1970 F MARTORELL Ulcus hypertonicum

1969 W H HAUSS Die Rolle der Mesenchymzellen in der Pathogenese der Arteriosklerose

1968 M COMEL Betrachtungen über die Angiologie der Gegenwart und der Zukunft

Who was Max Ratschow?

Prof. Max Ratschow is considered to have established the specialist discipline of angiology, the youngest branch of internal medicine, which is concerned with diseases of the arteries, veins, and lymph vessels. Having studied medicine at Rostock, Freiburg, Vienna, Munich, Berlin, and Breslau between 1924 and 1929, he qualified as a doctor of medicine in 1930 at the University of Breslau, before being awarded his post-doctoral lecturing qualification in 1936 at the Kiel University Institute of Physiology. From 1939 to 1952 Max Ratschow worked at the University Hospital of Halle, where he was a full Professor of Pathological Physiology from 1948. He settled in the former West Germany in 1952 with a view to setting up a research clinic for vascular diseases. From 1953 to his death in 1963, Max Ratschow was Director of the Medizinische Klinik Darmstadt and Professor of Internal Medicine. While in this role, he set up the first research center for angiology (opened in May 1963). This was later named after him, becoming the Max-Ratschow-Klinik für Angiologie am Klinikum Darmstadt. 

The rapid development of the new specialist discipline can be attributed to Max Ratschow’s special commitment to the scientific investigation and treatment of vascular diseases and circulation disorders. Angiology was finally recognized as a branch of internal medicine at the German Medical Assembly in Cologne in 1992. Two scientific prizes bearing his name are testament to his work in establishing the discipline. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Angiologie (German Angiology Society) has been awarding the Max Ratschow Prize for outstanding work in the field of vascular medicine since 1968. The Curatorium Angiologiae Internationalis has been awarding the Ratschow Memorial Medal to scientists for their life’s work in the field of vascular medicine since 1969. The foundation for the Memorial Medal was started up by Ratschow’s pupil, Prof. Norbert Klüken.