Awards - Scientific Sessions 2020

Council Awards

Congratulations to all of our 2020 Early Career award winners. See the list of 2020 finalists (PDF) for these awards as well. 

Cournand and Comroe Early Career Investigator Award
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation (3CPR)
Winner:
Malik Bisserier, PhD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY

CVSA Resident Prize
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia (CVSA)
Winner:
Kanika Kalra, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

Elaine W. Raines Early Career Investigator Award
Sponsored by the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB)
Winner:
Hooi Ng, PhD
Florida International University
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Miami, FL

Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Research Award for Early Career Investigators in Training
Sponsored by the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI)
Winner:
Amanda M. Perak, MD, MS, FAHA
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Genomic and Precision Medicine Early Career Investigator Award
Sponsored by the Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine (GPM)
Winner:
Malene E. Lindholm, PhD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA

Jay D. Coffman Early Career Investigator Award
Sponsored by the Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
Winner
Anna Katherine Krawisz, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

Laennec Fellow in Training (FIT) Clinician Award
Sponsored by the Council on Clinical Cardiology (CLCD)
Winner:
Sarah Chuzi, MD
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Early Career Investigator Award
Sponsored by the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health
Winner:
Anurag Mehta, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Science Research Prize for Early Career Investigators
Sponsored by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS)
Winner:
Glynnis A. Garry, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Martha N. Hill Early Career Investigator Award
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN)
Winner:
Katherine A. Maki, PhD, RN, APRN-BC
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

Melvin Judkins Early Career Clinical Investigator Award
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention (CVRI)
Winner:
Liza Chacko, MBBS, BSc
Royal Free Hospital
National Amyloidosis Centre
London, UNITED KINGDOM

Melvin L. Marcus Early Career Investigator Award in Cardiovascular Sciences
Sponsored by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS)
Winner:
Catherine A. Makarewich, PhD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH

Samuel A. Levine Early Career Clinical Investigator Award
Sponsored by the Council on Clinical Cardiology (CLCD)
Winner:
Arjun Sinha, MD, MS
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Vivien Thomas Early Career Investigator Award
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia (CVSA)
Winner:
Peter J. Altshuler, MD
University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Young Hearts Early Career Investigator Award
Sponsored by Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young (Young Hearts)
Winner:
Melanie R. F. Gropler, MD
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

Distinguished Achievement Awards

The scientific councils’ Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the affairs of a scientific council over a continuing period, and who have made substantial professional contributions to the field represented by the council. Some councils present this award annually while others present the award every 3 years*. 

3CPR Distinguished Achievement Award*
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation (3CPR)
Marc Humbert, MD, PhD
South Paris University 
Paris, FRANCE

ATVB Distinguished Achievement Award
Sponsored by the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB)
Vascular Biology
Shobah Ghosh, PhD, MS, FAHA
Virginia Commonwealth University 
Richmond, VA

BCVS Distinguished Achievement Award
Sponsored by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS)
Walter J. Koch, PhD, FAHA
Temple University 
Philadelphia, PA

CLCD Distinguished Achievement Award 
Sponsored by the Council on Clinical Cardiology (CLCD)
Kiran Musunuru, MD, PhD, MPH, ML, FAHA
University of Pennsylvania 
Penn Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

CVRI Distinguished Achievement Award*
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention (CVRI)
Barry T. Katzen, MD, FAHA 
Baptist Health South Florida
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Miami, FL

EPI Distinguished Achievement Award*
Sponsored by the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI)
Darwin R. Labarthe, MD, PhD, MPH, FAHA
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Council Named Lectures

Council lectures feature presentations from some of today’s foremost clinicians and researchers as well as those with a lifetime of contributions to the field of cardiovascular disease.

Alexander S. Nadas Lecture
Sponsored by Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young (Young Hearts)
Jane W. Newburger, MD, MPH, FAHA
Harvard Medical School
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, MA

Ancel Keys Memorial Lecturer
Sponsored by the Council on Epidemiology & Prevention (EPI)
George A. Mensah, MD, FAHA
National Institutes of Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bethesda, MD

Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention (CVRI)
Vincent B. Ho, MD, MBA, FAHA
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, MD

Dickinson W. Richards Memorial Lecture
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation (3CPR)
Kurt R. Stenmark, MD, FAHA
University of Colorado
Children’s Hospital of Colorado
Aurora, CO

George E. Brown Memorial Lecture
Sponsored by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS)
David J. Lefer, PhD, FAHA
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Cardiovascular Center of Excellence
New Orleans, LA

George Lyman Duff Memorial Lecture
Sponsored by the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB)
Kathryn J. Moore, PhD, FAHA
NYU Langone Health
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
New York, NY

GPM and EPI Mid-Career Research Award and Lecture
Sponsored by the Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine (GPM) and the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI)
Laura Rasmussen-Torvik, PhD, MPH, FAHA
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

James B. Herrick Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cardiology
Sponsored by the Council on Clinical Cardiology (CLCD)
Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, FAHA
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Katharine A. Lembright Award and Lecture
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN)
Sabina M. De Geest, PhD, RN, FAHA
University of Basel
Institute of Nursing
Basel, SWITZERLAND

Kathleen A. Dracup Distinguished Lecture Exemplary Career in Mentoring Award
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN)
Sandra B. Dunbar, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAHA, FPCNA
Emory University
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Atlanta, GA

Kenneth D. Bloch Memorial Lecture
Sponsored by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS)
Ken Walsh, PhD, FAHA
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA

Laennec Clinician Educator Lecture
Sponsored by the Council on Clinical Cardiology (CLCD)
Pamela S. Douglas, MD, FAHA
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC

Robert E. Levy Memorial Lecturer
Sponsored by the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI)
Neil J. Stone, MD, FAHA
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Russell Ross Memorial Lectureship in Vascular Biology
Sponsored by the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB)
Michael E. Rosenfeld, PhD
University of Washington School of Public Health
Seattle, WA

Sol Sherry Distinguished Lecture in Thrombosis
Sponsored by the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB)
Gilbert C. White II, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Versiti Blood Research Institute
Milwaukee, WI

Stroke Council Award and Lecture
Sponsored by the Stroke Council
George Howard, DrPH, FAHA
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
Birmingham, AL

Thomas W. Smith Memorial Lecture
Sponsored by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS)
Ronglih Liao, PhD, FAHA
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA

William J. Rashkind Memorial Lecture
Sponsored by Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young (Young Hearts)
Dan Buettner
Blue Zones
Minneapolis, MN

William W. L. Glenn Lecture
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia (CVSA)
Pedro J. del Nido, MD, FAHA
Harvard Medical School
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, MA
Barry T. Katzen, MD, FAHA
Baptist Health South Florida
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Miami, FL

EPI Distinguished Achievement Award*
Sponsored by the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI)
Darwin R. Labarthe, MD, PhD, MPH, FAHA
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Council Awards – Special Recognition and Abstract Awards

Below you will find links to many awards and special recognitions available for AHA professional partners. Please join us in congratulating our 2020 awardees!

Special Recognition Awards 
Special Recognition Awards acknowledge investigators active in basic, clinical, translational or population cardiovascular research for specific career endeavors and achievements.

Best Abstract Awards
These awards are presented for the top-scoring abstracts submitted in the sponsoring council’s abstract categories at Scientific Sessions.

3CPR Best Abstract Award
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation (3CPR)
Vallerie V. McLaughlin, MD, FAHA
University of Michigan Hospital
Michigan Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI

ATVB Early Career Award for Outstanding Research
Sponsored by the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB)
Yao Gao, MD, PhD
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, MA

CVSN Best Abstract Award
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN)
Binu Koirala, PhD, MGS, RN
John Hopkins University School of Nursing 
Baltimore, MD

Outstanding Research Awards in Pediatric Cardiology 
Sponsored by the Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young (Young Hearts)

Christin Y. Park, BA
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Lars Grosse-Wortmann, MD, FRCPC
OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Marquam Hill
Portland, OR

Michelle Udine, MD
Children's National Hospital
Washington, DC

ATVB Special Recognition Awards
Sponsored by the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB)

Arteriosclerosis
Esther Lutgens, MD, PhD
Amsterdam University, Medical Center 
Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

Thrombosis
Thomas William Wakefield, MD
University of Michigan 
Michigan Medicine Vascular Surgery Clinic 
Ann Arbor, MI

Vascular Biology
Karin Bornfeldt, PhD, FAHA
University of Washington
Center for Innate Immunity and Immune Disease
Seattle, WA

Clinical Article of the Year Award
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) and The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Angela Durante, PhD, MSN, RN
University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
Rome, ITALY

James T. Willerson Award for Best Paper in Clinical Science
Sponsored by Circulation 
Zahra Belhadjer, MD, et al
University of Paris Descartes
Necker Enfants Malades Institute 
Paris, FRANCE

Excellence in Clinical Practice Award
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA)
Nancy Pike, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CPNP-PC/AC, FAHA
University of California, Los Angeles
School of Nursing
Los Angeles, CA

GPM Medal of Honor
Sponsored by the Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine (GPM)
Elizabeth M. McNally, MD, PhD, FAHA
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

GPM Mentoring Award
Sponsored by the Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine (GPM) and the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI)
Thomas Cappola, MD, ScM, FAHA
University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Laennec Master Clinician Award
Sponsored by the Council on Clinical Cardiology (CLCD)
Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH, FAHA
Central Michigan University 
Detroit, MI

Marie Cowan Promising Early Career Investigator Award
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN)
Mary Rezk-Hanna, RN, NP, PhD
University of California, Los Angeles
School of Nursing
Los Angeles, CA

Max Harry Weil Award for Resuscitation Science
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation (3CPR)
Tasuku Matsuyama, MD, PhD
Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine 
Kyoto, JAPAN

Mathy Mezey Excellence in Aging Award
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) and New York University
Christopher S. Lee, PhD, RN, FAHA
Boston College
William F. Connell School of Nursing
Chestnut Hill, MA

Research Article of the Year Award
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) and The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
James M. Muchira, PhD, MSN
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Stroke Article of the Year Award
Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) and the Stroke Council
Michelle Camicia, PhD, MSN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FAHA
Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center 
Novato, CA

Visiting Professor for Career Development Award
Sponsored by the Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young (Young Hearts)
Stuart Berger, MD, FAHA
The Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital 
Chicago, IL

Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award
Sponsored by the Council on Clinical Cardiology (CLCD)
Gretchen L. Wells, MD, PhD
University of Kentucky 
Lexington, KY

Young Hearts Meritorious Achievement Award
Sponsored by the Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young (Young Hearts)
William T. Mahle, MD, FAHA
Emory University School of Medicine 
Atlanta, GA

Presidential Session Awards

Join us Saturday, November 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CT (UTC -5) for the Presidential Session streaming live on our Sessions platform. We'll hear from AHA President Mitchell S. V. Elkind, MD, MS, FAAN, FAHA as he delivers the Conner Lecture, as well as AHA CEO Nancy Brown. The following awards will also be presented:

Chairman’s Award

The American Heart Association began awarding the Chairman’s Award in 2002.  Recipients of this award are notable for consistently having gone above and beyond in their leadership and commitment to helping advance the mission of the association.  This award honors honor medical and science volunteers who have made contributions to further the AHA’s strategic goals in non-science areas at both the national and local levels.

2020 Chairman’s Award Winner
Sonia Y. Angell, MD, MPH, DTM&H
Columbia University, New York, NY


Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award

The American Heart Association began conferring this award in 1999, in recognition of the many contributions of the luminary cardiologist Eugene Braunwald in teaching and mentoring the next generation of faculty researchers and educators. This award honors individuals whose academic careers have included a long-term record (at least 20–25 years) of successful mentoring of promising young academicians. Recipients have included some of the most prominent researchers and educators in the country, each of whom have had lasting impact on cardiovascular care and research through their extensive mentoring of residents and fellows.

2020 Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award Winner
Nanette K. Wenger, MD, FAHA
Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA


Research Achievement Award

One of the American Heart Association’s most distinguished and historic honors, the Research Achievement Award has been conferred annually since 1953. Recipients have included many of the most prominent and recognized cardiovascular researchers in the country, the legacies of which will be felt for decades to come. This is a very distinguished award of national importance and its presentation is a highlight of Scientific Sessions, the association’s annual meeting.

2020 Research Achievement Award Winner
JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH, MPH, FAHA
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA


Basic Research Prize

The American Heart Association began awarding the AHA Basic Research Prize in 1990. Recipients have included the most prominent cardiovascular basic scientists in the country, each of whom have made discoveries that have had transformational impact in their respective fields. This Prize is awarded each year in recognition of an individual who is making outstanding contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science, and who currently runs an exceptional cardiovascular basic science laboratory.

2020 Basic Research Prize Winner
Ann Marie Schmidt, MD
New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY


Clinical Research Prize

The American Heart Association began awarding the AHA Clinical Research Prize in 2005. Recipients have included the most prominent cardiovascular researchers in the country, each of whom have made discoveries that have had transformational impact in their respective fields. This Prize is awarded each year in recognition of an individual who is making outstanding contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science, and who currently runs an exceptional cardiovascular basic science laboratory.

2020 Clinical Research Prize Winner
Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH
Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA


Population Research Prize

The American Heart Association began awarding the AHA Population Research Prize in 2005. Recipients have included some of the most prominent population health researchers in the country, each of whom have made seminal discoveries in understanding and/or treatment of cardiovascular disease. This Prize is to recognize and reward an individual who is making outstanding contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science and who currently heads an outstanding cardiovascular population research laboratory.

2020 Population Research Prize Winner
Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH, FAHA
University of California San Francisco - NURTURE Center, San Francisco, CA


Joseph A. Vita Award

The Joseph A. Vita Award is sponsored by Scientific Publishing, Office of Science Operations. The award was created in honor of Joseph A. Vita, who served as the first Editor-in-Chief of the AHA’s Open Access journal, JAHA: Journal of the American Heart Association. Each year this award is presented to a recipient to recognize the contributions of a mid-career investigator whose work, published (in the AHA journals) during the last five years, has had great impact in the field of cardiovascular biology or cardiovascular health. The selection is based on work that changes the direction of or has transformative impact on basic, translational, or clinical cardiovascular research in any discipline.

2020 Joseph A. Vita Award Winners
Hooman Kamel, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY

Robert W. Yeh, MD, MSc, MBA
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA