Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award

Sponsored by the Council on Clinical Cardiology

To qualify for this Scientific Sessions 2023 award, you must meet the following deadlines:

  • June 7, 2023 – Deadline to have an active AHA membership with the sponsoring Council.
  • June 14, 2023, 6 p.m. CT – Deadline to apply for Scientific Sessions 2023 awards in the Council Awards System.

For awards requiring abstract submission, the deadline to submit your science to Scientific Sessions 2023 is June 8, 2023, 6 p.m. CT

The Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award recognizes individuals who have an outstanding record of effectively mentoring women cardiologists and underscores the importance of mentoring in the professional development of women. The honoree will be acknowledged at the annual Council Dinner at Scientific Sessions in November.

Award Recipients

  • 2022 Roxana Mehran, MD, FAHA
  • 2022 Sharmila Dorbala, MD, MPH, MASNC
  • 2021 Lorrel E. Brown Toft, MD
  • 2020 Gretchen L. Wells, MD, PhD
  • 2019 Sharon C. Reimold, MD, MS
  • 2018 Stacey Rosen, MD, FAHA
  • 2017 Sharonne Hayes, MD, FAHA
  • 2016 Michelle Albert, MD, MPH, FAHA
  • 2015 James DeLemos, MD
  • 2014 Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA
  • 2013 Malissa Wood, BA, MD
  • 2012 Emelia Benjamin, MD
  • 2011 Laura Wexler, MD
  • 2010 Award not presented
  • 2009 Noel Bairey Merz, MD
  • 2008 Elyse Foster, MD
  • 2008 Judith Hochman, MD
  • 2007 Linda Gillam, MD
  • 2006 Morton Arnsdorf, MD
  • 2005 Brenda Armstrong, MD
  • 2005 Robert Bonow, MD
  • 2004 Carl Apstein, MD
  • 2003 Sanjiv Kaul, MD
  • 2003 Roberta Williams, MD
  • 2002 Kiran B. Sagar, MD
  • 2001 Kathryn A. Taubert, PhD
  • 2000 Michael H. Crawford, MD
  • 1999 Nanette K. Wenger, MD

Evaluation Criteria

Men and women are eligible for nomination. Each nominee will be considered based on his or her history of mentoring women cardiologists as well as his or her overall record towards the professional development of women in cardiology. An active Professional Member account with the American Heart Association by the nominee is strongly encouraged but not mandatory for nomination.

How to Apply or Make a Nomination

Please see the individual award information pages below for specific documents required when submitting an application or nomination file. Awards requiring an abstract must be submitted to an AHA Scientific Meeting before the online submission site abstract deadline. Your abstract control number will be needed on the award application form.

A username and password previously set up through online registration at Professional Heart Daily (PHD) will be necessary to access the Council Awards Application System. AHA Professional Members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA membership identification numbers.

An active AHA Professional Membership is required of all award applicants. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait for your AHA member number to arrive from AHA Member Services via e-mail before creating an online profile and starting your application file. We suggest that new members join the AHA no later than one week prior to the application submission deadline for the member ID number to be processed and delivered in time for the application deadline. The membership number will be required on the award application form.

  1. Click the link for the Council Awards Application System.
  2. Sign in with your Professional Heart Daily username and password.
  3. Follow these instructions to set up your profile in ProposalCentral. Setting up your ProposalCentral profile will only need to be done the first time you login to apply for an American Heart Association Council Awards. Please note that the grant maker named American Heart Association is for AHA Research Awards and is a separate log in.

For more detailed information on ProposalCentral, also included are additional materials on specific ProposalCentral functionality.

The nomination file should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  1. A letter of nomination specifically addressing the candidate’s contributions in effectively mentoring women cardiologists. Provision of the names of individuals mentored by the nominee is encouraged.
  2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae
  3. List of mentees and current positions
  4. Up to three optional letters of support from mentees



The award will be presented at the annual Clinical Cardiology Council Dinner at the AHA Scientific Sessions in November. The winner will receive:

  • Complimentary registration to Scientific Sessions
  • Hotel accommodations for one night
  • Engraved plaque
  • Complimentary council dinner ticket and presentation of a plaque at the annual council dinner


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