Past Council Named Lecturers


Council Named 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 and stroke. The lecture is often named in honor of a pioneer and leader in the field related to one of the AHA’s 16 scientific councils.

These lectures are presented at the AHA’s Scientific Sessions and Specialty Meetings. Honorees are selected by the council leadership and are invited to present a lecture on a topic of their choice.

2021 AHA Past Council Named Lecturers

Ancel Keys Memorial Lecturer

David C. Goff, Jr., MD, PhD, FAHA

David C. Goff, Jr., MD, PhD, FAHA
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecturer

Suresh Vedantham, MD
Suresh Vedantham, MD
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

Dickinson W. Richards Memorial Lecturer

Mark Robert Nicolls, MD

Mark Robert Nicolls, MD
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

George E. Brown Memorial Lecturer

Rong Tian, MD, PhD, FAHA

Rong Tian, MD, PhD, FAHA
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

George Lyman Duff Memorial Lecturer

Karin Bornfeldt, PhD, FAHA

Karin Bornfeldt, PhD, FAHA
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

GPM and EPI Mid-Career Research Award Lecturer

Naveen L. Pereira, MD, FAHA
Naveen L. Pereira, MD, FAHA
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Helen B. Taussig Memorial Lecturer

Roberta G. Williams, MD, FAHA

Roberta G. Williams, MD, FAHA
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

James B. Herrick Award Lecturer

Alice K. Jacobs, MD, FAHA

Alice K. Jacobs, MD, FAHA
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA

Katharine A. Lembright Award Lecturer

Anna Strömberg, PhD, RN, FAHA

Anna Strömberg, PhD, RN, FAHA
Linköping University
Linköping, Sweden

Kathleen A. Dracup Lecturer


Christopher S. Lee, PhD, RN, FAHA

Christopher S. Lee, PhD, RN, FAHA
Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing
Newton, MA

Kenneth D. Bloch Memorial Lecture in Vascular Biology Lecturer

Jane A. Leopold, MD, FAHA

Jane A. Leopold, MD, FAHA
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA

Laennec/Clinician Educator Lecturer


N.A. Mark Estes, III, MD, FAHA

N.A. Mark Estes, III, MD, FAHA
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburg, PA

Robert I. Levy Memorial Lecturer


Penny M. Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, FAHA, FASN, FNLA, CLS

Penny M. Kris-Etherton, PhD, FAHA
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA

Russell Ross Memorial Lectureship in Vascular Biology Lecturer

Denisa D. Wagner, PhD, FAHA

Denisa D. Wagner, PhD, FAHA
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Science Catalyst Keynote & Thomas Smith Memorial Lecturer

Christine E. Seidman, MD, FAHA

Christine E. Seidman, MD, FAHA
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA

Sol Sherry Distinguished Lecture in Thrombosis Lecturer

Alisa S. Wolberg, PhD, FAHA

Alisa S. Wolberg, PhD, FAHA
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC

Stroke Council Award Lecturer

Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MSc, MAS, MBA, MLS, FAHA

Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MSc, MAS, MBA, MLS, FAHA
University of California
San Francisco, CA

William J. Rashkind Memorial Lecturer

Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH

Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Washington, DC

William W. L. Glenn Lecturer

Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD, FAHA

Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD, FAHA
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

2020 Past Council Named Lecturers

2020 Katharine A. Lembright Award Lecturer
Sabina M. De Geest, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, FESC , FEANS, FRCN
Sabina M. De Geest, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, FESC, FEANS, FRCN
University of Basel
Basel, Switzerland
2020 William B. Kannel, MD Memorial Lectureship in Preventive Cardiology Lecturer
Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, FAHA
Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, FAHA
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois

Scientific Sessions 2022

Pre-Sessions Symposia & Early Career Day: November 4
Scientific Sessions: November 5–7
Chicago, Illinois + Virtual