Felix Unger

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This article is about the Austrian heart surgeon. For the fictional character Felix Ungar, see The Odd Couple.
Felix Unger, 2015.

Felix Unger (born 2 March 1946, Klagenfurt, Austria) is one of the leading heart specialists in the world, he is also president of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and president of the Alma Mater Europaea.[1]

In 1986 he performed the first artificial heart transplantation in Europe.[2]


Unger studied medicine at University of Vienna, where he graduated in 1971. After graduation, he was practicing at University Clinic for Cardiology in Vienna (1971, 1972) and at the local University Surgical Clinic (1972–1977) and in 1975 as a researcher in the field of Cardiovascular medicine in Houston, Cleveland and Salt Lake City in USA. In the year of 1978, he became Associate professor and later Full surgical professor. He got his Ph.D in 1978. In Salt Lake City, he invented Ellipsoidherz that he later used for the first implantation of artificial heart in 1986. In the year 1990, he founded together with kardinal König and prof. Lobkowitz the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, which at the moment has 1500 members. Between the years of 1985 and 2011 he was the leader of University Clinic for cardiac surgery in Salzburg, since 2001, he is the president of European Institute of Health. Prof. Unger is also a member of most important scientific associations, as well as a number of academies of science: a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Latvia, Slovenia and Serbia as well as a regular member of the German Leopoldina, Slovakia and the New York Academy of Sciences and the world and the Montenegrin Academy of sciences and Arts.[3]


  • 1975 Dr. Preis Karl Renner,
  • 1980 Sandoz Preis,
  • 1980 German Society of Surgery,
  • 1982 and 1989, Planseepreis für Wissenschaft,
  • 1991 Purkyne Medaille (Brno),
  • 1992 Billroth Preis der Österr. Ges. F. Chirurgie,
  • 1992 Humes Professorship,
  • 1992 Karylins Medaille,
  • 2005 Verdienstkreuz des Landes Salzburg,
  • 2006 Österreichisches Ehrenkreuz,
  • 2009 Paul Stradins Preis, Riga[4]
  • 2011 Medal of the President of the Slovak Republic
  • 2012 Großes Silbernes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich

Honorary professor:

  • 2002 in Marburg
  • 2012 in St. Petersburg

Honorary doctorates:

  • 1994 in Budapest, Timisoara and Tokyo,
  • 2003 in Riga
  • 2007 in Belgrade
  • 2009 in Athens
  • 2010 in Tbilisi.[5]
  • 2012 in St. Petersburg
  • 2013 in Arad and Cluj-Napoca


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "New Artificial Heart is Tried", United Press International in The New York Times, December 16, 1986.
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ http://www.sazu.si/o-sazu/clani/felix-unger.html
  5. ^ http://www.sazu.si/o-sazu/clani/felix-unger.html

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