Distinguished Scientists

The Distinguished Scientist designation honors American Heart Association professional members who have made extraordinary contributions to cardiovascular and stroke research.

The American Heart Association's Distinguished Scientists are a prominent group of scientists and clinicians whose work has importantly advanced our understanding of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. This award was created over 10 years ago to recognize AHA/ASA members for significant, original and sustained scientific contributions that have advanced the association's mission "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." Recipients of this prestigious award are honored during the Opening Session at AHA Scientific Sessions.

2015 AHA Distinguished Scientists Awardees

Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD, FAHA
Professor of Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Mass.




Marc Alan Pfeffer, MD, PhD
Dzau Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Senior Physician, Cardiovascular Division
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Mass.

Barbara J. Riegel, PhD, FAHA, FAAN
Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor of Gerontology
School of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.



Howard A. Rockman, MD, FAHA
Edward S. Orgain Professor of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
Duke University, Durham, N.C.

Jeffrey L. Saver, MD, FAHA, FAAN, FANA
Professor of Neurology, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Director, UCLA Comprehensive Stroke Center
UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif.



Russell P. Tracy, PhD, FAHA
Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Biochemistry
Director, Laboratory for Clinical Biochemistry Research
University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vt.