MHIF Announces 2020 Physician Award Winners

December 23, 2020

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of our annual physician awards.

Dr. Emmanouil (Manos) Brilakis, an interventional cardiologist and chairman of MHIF’s Center for Coronary Artery Disease, is the recipient of the Robert G. Hauser Leadership Award. Dr. Jay Sengupta, an electrophysiologist and MHIF researcher, is the recipient of the Ray Bentdahl Distinguished Service Award.

“Dr. Brilakis is an internationally known interventionalist,” said Dr. Robert Hauser. “He has taken on the most difficult coronary artery disease cases and found a way to restore blood flow to these hearts. It’s his leadership in complex coronary artery disease intervention that distinguishes him and why he is so deserving of a leadership recognition.”

“Ray Bentdahl was an amazing leader in the community who always believed in a better tomorrow,” said Kristine Fortman, MHIF CEO. “By his family putting forward this award of distinguished service, it really challenges us here at the foundation to be the very best. Dr. Jay Sengupta really embodies what that means — as a leader, as a philanthropist, as a researcher — someone committed to the mission.”

Watch the award videos to learn more about the honorees.

About the Awards

The Robert G. Hauser Leadership Award recognizes an individual who promotes visionary leadership. Innovation in clinical practice and research requires champions who take risks to identify necessary changes and create innovative solutions to set those improvements in motion. The award is given to an individual who is a catalyst in cardiovascular disease prevention or treatment, strongly advocates for patients and the profession, demonstrates visionary leadership and a strong commitment to excellence, and provides leadership to Minneapolis Heart Institute® (MHI), MHIF and other organizations. Thanks to a generous donor, the honoree receives up to $10,000 to be used for innovation or leadership training.

The Ray Bentdahl Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual’s contributions to MHIF and accomplishments as an outstanding leader, mentor, philanthropist, educator or researcher. This award specifically honors an individual whose achievements embody the qualities of an outstanding leader, recognizing exceptional service to the foundation that is reflected in the organization delivering exemplary service to its valued constituents. The award was first awarded in September 2012 and as of 2019, the Bentdahl family makes a $5,000 gift to MHIF in honor of the recipient, to an area of work determined by the recipient.


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