Alexander S. Nadas Lecture

Sponsored by the Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young

This lecture was established in 1986 by the Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young to honor Dr. Nadas, who is recognized as one of the pioneers of pediatric cardiology. Dr. Nadas is known for his teaching of fellows. Both directly and indirectly through those he has trained, he is responsible for many of the advances that have made pediatric cardiology in the U.S. second to none. He was an active supporter of AHA and the Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young for many years.

Current members of the Young Hearts Leadership Committee and the Young Hearts Nominating Committee are not eligible to be nominated for the award.

Award Recipients

Awardees of Prize-Winning Presentations
Year Awardee Honoree and Presentation Title
2023 Angela Sharkey, MD, FAAP
2020 Jane W. Newburger, MD, MPH, FAHA
2017 Stephen R. Daniels, MD, PhD, FAHA
"Ideal Cardiovascular Health: A Lifecourse Perspective on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention"
2014 Bruce D. Gelb
"The Genetics of Congenital Heart Disease: Past and Present, Tension Between Simple and Complex"
2011 Eric Olson, PhD, FAHA
“Heart Making and Heart Breaking: The Molecular Circuitry of Heart Development, Disease and Regeneration”
2008 Amnon Rosenthal, MD
“Repaired, Not Cured"
2005 Roberta Williams, MD, FAHA
“Preparing the Child With CHD For Adult Life-- Lessons Learned From Other Specialties”
2002 Thomas P. Graham, MD
“Right Ventricular Function in Congenital Heart Disease – Lessons from the Past and Challenges for the Future"


James E. Lock, M.D.
"Pediatric Interventional Catheterization: Making the Transition from Idea to Practice"
1996 >Ronald M. Lauer, M.D.
“Are Risk Factors for Heart Disease Present in Youth?”
1993 James H. Moller, M.D.
"Fifty Years of Progress and Challenges for the Future"
1990 Norman S. Talner, M.D.
"Blood Gases, pH, and Developing Myocardium: From Lavoisier to the 21st Century"
1987 Julien I. Hoffman, M.D.
"The Importance of Right Ventricular Myocardial Blood Flow in Congenital Heart Disease”


The honoree will receive:

  • Complimentary registration to Scientific Sessions
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to the Young Hearts Council Dinner
  • An engraved plaque
  • A $1,000 honorarium and reimbursement for eligible travel expenses up to $1,000


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