- Must be a member at the Premium Professional or Premium Professional Plus level.
- Dues must be are up-to-date.
- Must be affiliated with the Council through which the application is being submitted.
- Must have been a member of the AHA/ASA for a minimum of 2 years; the 2-years need not be consecutive.
Fellowship in the CVDY Council is reserved for physicians and medical scientists who are board certified in CV Disease, and who have demonstrated excellence, innovation and leadership in cardiovascular diseases in the young in the private practice and academic settings, and who have actively supported the AHA/ASA through volunteer service. Members who permanently reside outside the United States and Canada may be nominated for International Fellowship. Candidates must be able to meet each of the criteria:
- Have Board certification and competence in clinical practice are necessary for election to Fellowship. In exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Leadership Committee, Fellowship may be granted to an individual who does not have subspecialty boards in cardiovascular disease. Candidates without subspecialty board certification must have equivalent credentials which are adequately documented in letters by the Proposer.
- Be recognized by peers as a competent physician consultant in cardiovascular disease who holds self to the highest ethical standards of professional behavior.
- Significant current and/or past volunteer service and/or leadership to the AHA/ASA. Volunteer service to the AHA/ASA can be demonstrated through leadership and/or involvement in at the AHA/ASA national, council, affiliate and/or local level(s), including but not limited to:
- Committee Participation: Active participation on committees, boards, and/or task forces.
- Development and Fundraising: Active participation in Heart Walks, galas, etc.
- Advocacy Efforts: Active participation in You're the Cure grassroots efforts.
- Educational Programs for Professionals and Lay People: Abstract grading, writing groups, speakers' bureaus, and Get With the Guidelines.
- Peer Review: AHA/ASA journals and research grants.
- International candidates must be able to show evidence of significant and current and/or past volunteer service in similar organizations and societies in their respective countries or through other avenues of community involvement as long as these are well documented and perceived as equivalent to those in the U.S.
Locate a Proposer
Locate AHA/ASA Fellows by name or council in the online Membership Directory. To access the AHA online membership directory:
- Log into professional.heart.org with an active login
- Chose Membership Directory from the left-hand navigation on your dashboard page
- Click on the ‘Advanced Search’ link
- On the Member Type field, click the arrow to drop down the selection list
- Select the Fellow category you are searching for to populate the field
- Click the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of the page
Application Submission Deadlines
- February 28 -5:00 p.m. Central Time (spring review cycle)
- June 15 - 5:00 p.m. Central time (fall review cycle)
- Applications entered after the deadline cannot be successfully submitted.
How to Apply
- Sign in with your Professional Heart Daily username and password to apply online through the Council Awards/FAHA Application System.
- Complete all sections of the application in order to avoid delay. Incomplete applications cannot be successfully submitted.
- Attach documentation as required. Applications that do not include the required documents cannot be successfully submitted.
- An up-to-date curriculum vitae, including complete bibliography or list of publications.
- A letter of recommendation from the proposer. The letter must clearly articulate the how the candidate meets each of the criteria, be written on business letterhead, and signed by the proposer (electronic signature is acceptable).
- Head and shoulder photograph; the photograph may be used to recognize newly elected FAHAs in Connections and Professional Heart Daily web site.
Peer Review and Election Processes
Recognition and Acknowledgement
In addition to Premium Professional member benefits, AHA//ASA FAHAs receive:
- Recognition by peers for contributions that support the AHA's mission.
- Entitlement to use the designation FAHA.
- An 8 x 11 certificate to commemorate the achievement.
- Early registration to attend the AHA Scientific Sessions, International Stroke Conference, and other AHA Council sponsored meetings.
- Access to the FAHA lounge at Scientific Sessions
- Eligibility to nominate candidates for FAHA.
Annual Membership Dues/Fellowship Maintenance
Contact the AHA Fellowship Desk:Email: Professional.Membership@Heart.org