Distinguished Scientists

The Distinguished Scientist designation honors American Heart Association professional partners 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 partners 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 Presidential Session at AHA Scientific Sessions.

2019 AHA Distinguished Scientists Awardees

Mark E. Anderson, MD, PhD, FAHA

William Osler Professor of Medicine
Director Department of Medicine
Physician-in-Chief, John Hopkins Hospital
Director of Medicine for Johns Hopkins Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Costantino Iadecola, MD, FAHA

Director and Chair, Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute
Anne Parrish Titzell Professor of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, NY

Suzanne Oparil, MD, FAHA

Distinguished Professor and Director, Vascular Biology & Hypertension Program
United Therapeutics Endowed Professorship in Pulmonary Vascular Disease
Birmingham, AL

Véronique L. Roger, MD, MPH, FAHA

Elizabeth C. Lane and Nadine M. Zimmerman
Professor of Internal Medicine Professor of Epidemiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, MN

Paul K. Whelton, MB, MD, MSc, FAHA

Show Chwan Professor of Global Public Health
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FAHA

Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs,
Brigham and Women's Hospital Heart & Vascular Center
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Brian Kobilka, MD, FAHA

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Hélène Irwin Fagan Chair in Cardiology
Stanford School of Medicine
Stanford, CA