Donald Seldin Lecture

Sponsored by the Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease

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

This lecture was established in 2006 to enhance the awareness of AHA conference attendees concerning the rising epidemic of cardiovascular disease and mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease. The lecture allows experts in the field to bring the latest basic, translational or clinical information to the AHA meeting. The lecture is named in honor of Dr. Donald Seldin, a pioneer and leader in the field of cardiovascular disease relate to kidney failure. Dr. Seldin was responsible for the seminal observations related to sodium and potassium transport in the kidney and their effects on blood pressure and cardiovascular homeostasis.

The Seldin Lecture is presented annually at the AHA Hypertension Scientific Sessions by a distinguished honoree.

Award Recipients

  • 2023 Daniel Batlle, MD, FAHA
  • 2022 Orson W. Moe, MD
  • 2021 David L. Mattson, PhD, FAHA
  • 2020 Susan M. Wall, MD, FAHA
  • 2019 Allen W. Cowley, Jr., PhD, FAHA
  • 2018 Paul A. Welling, MD, FAHA
  • 2017 Donald E. Kohan, MD, PhD, FAHA
  • 2016 Jeff Garvin, PhD, FAHA
  • 2015 Moshe Levi, MD
  • 2014 Alicia A. McDonough, PhD
  • 2013 David Ellison, MD
  • 2012 Susan Quaggin, MD
  • 2011 Sharon Anderson, MD, FAHA
  • 2010 Thomas R. Kleyman, MD, FAHA
  • 2009 Roger Wiggins, MB, BChir
  • 2008 Mark Knepper, MD, PhD
  • 2007 Richard J. Johnson, MD, FACP
  • 2006 Richard P. Lifton, MD, PhD, FAHA

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a member of the AHA Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease at the time nomination is submitted. Join or renew today!
  • There are no citizenship requirements.
  • Previous awardees are not eligible to re-apply for the award in subsequent years.
  • Notwithstanding the above, the AHA Officers have the discretion to determine eligibility for the award in extraordinary circumstances when there is an issue relating to AHA policy or positions or other potentially controversial issue relating to the positioning or perception of the AHA.
  • Each recipient of AHA council-sponsored awards, regardless of award category, is eligible to receive only one council-sponsored award each year per AHA scientific meeting.

How to Make a Nomination/Required Documents

Electronic submission through the Council Awards Application System is required. Hard copies of any part of the nomination cannot be accepted. Please follow instructions for ProposalCentral, the new Council Awards platform.

Apply Now for the Hypertension Scientific Sessions Mid-Career Achievement Awards and Lectures and select the KCVD Donald Seldin Lecture from the award drop down list.

The nomination file (submitted on the nominee’s behalf) should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  • A full Curriculum vitae, including all publications (abstracts not necessary)
  • A signed letter of nomination from the sponsor and one supporting letter. The letters should outline why the candidate is worthy of recognition. This may include the candidate’s accomplishments in the field of cardiovascular disease as it relates to kidney failure, his or her volunteer activities with the AHA (affiliate and/or national level), teaching and mentoring activities, or a combination of these.

Please note: Members of the Council on Kidney on Cardiovascular Disease Awards Committee are not eligible to write letters of support.


The winner will present a lecture during the Hypertension Scientific Sessions and will receive complimentary registration, a $1,000 honorarium, two (2) tickets to the Hypertension Scientific Sessions Awards Banquet, and an award plaque.

Honorees must attend Hypertension Scientific Sessions in-person to be eligible for a travel reimbursement of up to $1,000.

  • Round-trip basic economy/coach airfare at the 21-day advance purchase rate, round-trip economy coach train fare, or reimbursement for gas at the rate allowed by the IRS for charitable organizations if the awardee drives.
  • Hotel accommodation for one night at the conference rate.
  • Ground transportation expenses to attend the conference (luxury transport is not a reimbursable expense.)
    • To and from the awardee’s home airport to the conference hotel
    • To and from the conference hotel to the airport
  • Up to $70 in meal reimbursement (alcohol excluded).


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Award winners pose for a photo during #Hypertension23 Scientific Sessions, held September 7-10, 2023, in Boston, Massachusetts.

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