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William J. Rashkind Memorial Lecture

Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young

This award was established in 1986 by Dr. Rashkind and his family shortly before his death. Dr. Rashkind was an internationally known pediatric cardiologist credited for the development of balloon atrial septostomy, also known as the "Rashkind procedure". Dr. Rashkind was an active volunteer for the AHA both at the national and state levels. The first lecture was presented in 1987.

Dr. Rashkind was known as a true “Renaissance Man.” It was his wish that the Rashkind Lectures not be about “small or large bits” of pediatric cardiology. Rather, he would have the speaker represent a much broader interest and scope and be someone whose topics might involve history, philosophy, art, the humanities and medicine, social impact and medicine, etc. It was the hope of Dr. Rashkind that such lectures would expand the knowledge and horizons of the members of the audience and enhance the ability of the audience to practice their professions and additionally contribute to society.

Awardees of Prize-Winning Presentations

YearAwardee Honoree and Presentation Title
2016Howard Zucker, MD, JD
"Cultivating Ingenuity: A Modern Renaissance and the Role of Government"
 
2015John Heilemann
“Washington Today and the 2016 Race for the White House.”
2014Thomas W McDade, PhD
“An Anthropologist’s View of Child Health: What Can Other Cultures Teach Us About Disease Prevention”
2013Havana, NRG!
"A new breed of Latin band"
2012JD Souther
Actor, Singer, Song-writer
2011SAK Comedy Lab
“SAK Three For All”
2010Owen Gingerich, PhD
“The Divine Handiwork: Evolution and the Wonder of Life”
2009Perri Klass, MD
“A World Full of Stories: Doctors as Readers, Writers, and Characters”
2008Gil Wernovsky, MD
“Notes, Charts and Transposition: Music by the Pediatric Cardiovascular Ensemble”
2007Heather Ross, MD
“Antarctica: Magic and Mayhem on Mt. Vinson”
2006Roberto Canessa, MD
“Human Groups in a Crisis Situation. Real Experience.”
2005Eric Hetzel
“Truth Through Fiction in Hollywood: Advancing The American
Discourse on Science and Medicine”
2004Betsy Dresser, MD
“Saving Endangered Species Through Assisted Reproduction Technology, or Sex in the Test Tube!”
2003Howard Schatz, MD
“Visual Art (Photography) Following Retina”
2002Lester D. Friedman, Ph.D.
“High Anxiety: Physicians and the American Media”
2001Chuck Huss, MD
“Everest Odyssey”
2000William Pinsky, MD
“Racing for Kids®”
1999Stanton A. Glantz, PhD
"Tobacco: Using Politics to Prevent Heart Disease"
1998Renee C. Fox, PhD
"The Genesis, Evolution, and Significance of American Bioethics"
1997Robert S. Langer, ScD
“Drug Delivery Systems and Tissue Engineering”
1996Preservation Hall Jazz Band
1995Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D.
"As Others See Us The Artist Looks at the Physician"
1994Joe Wilder, MD
"Origins of the Physician Artist"
1993Jonathan Yardley
"The Current State of American Literature"
1992Joshua M. Wiener, Ph.D.
"American Health Care in Crisis"
1991Lawrence K. Altman, M.D.
"Werner Forssmann and Self-Experimentation: Who Goes First?"
1990Gerald Weissmann
"My Hunt for Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes"
1989Preservation Hall Jazz Band
1988Richard A. Selzer
"The Surgeon as Writer"
1987Paul H. Heintzen, M.D.
"The Imaging Plane -- A Bridge Between Science and Art"