James B. Herrick Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cardiology

Sponsored by the Council on Clinical Cardiology


To qualify for this Scientific Sessions 2024 award, you must meet the following deadlines:

  • May 31, 2024 – Deadline to have an active AHA membership with the sponsoring Council.
  • June 10, 2024, 6 p.m. CT – Deadline to apply for Scientific Sessions 2024 awards in the Council Awards System.

The James B. Herrick Award is presented by the American Heart Association's Council on Clinical Cardiology. This award honors a physician whose scientific achievements have contributed profoundly to the advancement and practice of clinical cardiology.

The Herrick Award, consisting of a medallion, is conferred annually during the Council on Clinical Cardiology Annual Dinner and Business Meeting during the Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association.

In establishing the James B. Herrick Award, the Council on Clinical Cardiology pays homage to a great clinician, as well as to those who have emulated him in advancing the field of cardiology.

Dr. Herrick (1861-1954) was a pioneer among cardiologists. His contributions were many, but perhaps most significant was his classic paper on “Clinical Features of Sudden Obstruction of the Coronary Arteries,” published in 1912. Besides giving the medical world a definitive description of coronary thrombosis, his studies emphasized the important observation that sudden obstruction of a coronary artery is not necessarily fatal.

Dr. Herrick lived to see his investigations confirmed and acclaimed. His life was rich with honors. He served as president of the American Heart Association in 1927-28, and received its Gold Heart Award in 1951.

Award Recipients 

2020's Awardees
  • 2023 Patrick T. O'Gara, MD, MACC, FAHA, FESC
  • 2022 Pamela S. Douglas, MD, FAHA
  • 2021 Alice K. Jacobs, MD, FAHA
  • 2020 Clyde W, Yancy, MD, MSc, FAHA
2010's Awardees
  • 2019 Keith Copelin Ferdinand, MD, FAHA
  • 2018 Judith S. Hochman, MD, FAHA
  • 2017 Arthur J. Moss, MD
  • 2016 Sidney C. Smith Jr., MD, FAHA
  • 2015 Sajiv Kaul, MBBS, FAHA
  • 2014 Kanu Chatterjee, MB, FRCP (Lond), FRCP ( Edin), FACC, FCCP, MACP
  • 2013 Marc Pfeffer, MD, PhD
  • 2012 Bernard Gersh, MB, ChB, D Phil
  • 2011 Nanette Wenger, MD
  • 2010 Elliott M. Antman, MD
2000's Awardees
  • 2009 Robert Bonow, MD
  • 2008 Prediman Krishan (P.K.) Shah, MD
  • 2007 David Holmes, Jr., MD
  • 2006 Patrick Serruys, MD
  • 2005 Bertram Pitt, MD
  • 2004 Myron L. Weisfeldt, MD
  • 2003 Jay N. Cohn, MD
  • 2002 Robert L. Frye, MD
  • 2001 Valentin Fuster, MD
  • 2000 George A. Beller, MD
1990's Awardees
  • 1999 Thomas N. James, MD
  • 1998 Henrick J. J. Wellens, MD
  • 1997 Douglas P. Zipes, MD
  • 1996 Thomas J. Ryan, MD
  • 1995 Richard Gorlin, MD
  • 1994 Robert C. Schlant, MD
  • 1993 James T. Willerson, MD
  • 1992 Burton E. Sobel, MD
  • 1991 Thomas W. Smith, MD
  • 1990 John Ross, MD
1980's Awardees
  • 1989 Shahbudin H. Rahimtoola, MD
  • 1988 Elliot Rapaport, MD
  • 1987 Harold T. Dodge, MD
  • 1986 Robert A. O’Rourke, MD
  • 1985 H.J.C. Swan, MD, PhD
  • 1984 T. Joseph Reeves, MD
  • 1983 Charles Fisch, MD
  • 1982 Richard S. Ross, MD
  • 1981 Eugene Braunwald, MD
  • 1980 J. Willis Hurst, MD
1970's Awardees
  • 1979 Paul N. Yu, MD
  • 1978 W. Proctor Harvey, MD
  • 1977 George E. Burch, MD
  • 1976 James V. Warren, MD
  • 1975 Lewis Dexter, MD
  • 1974 Helen B. Taussig, MD
  • 1973 Paul Dudley White, MD
  • 1972 Howard Burchell, MD
  • 1971 Tinsley R. Harrison, MD
  • 1970 Eugene A. Stead, Jr., MD
1960's Awardees
  • 1969 Franklin D. Johnston, MD
  • 1968 Hermann Blumgart, MD

Eligibility Criteria

Any living physician, regardless of specialty, may be nominated. The award is based on the recipient’s contributions to one or more of the following broad areas:

  • All applicants for the award must be members of the Council on Clinical Cardiology by the time of application submission. If you need to become an AHA Professional Member, you should do so before submitting your abstract and award application materials. Join or renew today!
  • Advancement of scientific knowledge, either basic or clinical research, that relates directly to clinical cardiology
  • Teaching of cardiology at undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate levels
  • Improvement in the practice of cardiology
  • Service to the mission of the American Heart Association

Current members of the CLCD Nominating Committee are not eligible to apply for or be nominated for the award.

How to Apply or Submit a Nomination

Each nomination should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  • Nominee's curriculum vitae or NIH bio sketch that includes awards, publications and grant funding
  • A letter of nominationor candidate statement (if self-nominating), drafted on electronic letterhead with a signature. The letter should outline and provide clear examples of how the candidate meets the criteria:
    1. the novelty and innovativeness of the science
    2. the track record of the individual including peer reviewed publications
    3. the potential of the scientific discoveries to transform clinical care
  • A primary letter of recommendation from a colleague who can evaluate the candidate's research contributions. The letter must address each of the major award evaluation criteria and indicate what distinguishes the candidate in each criterion.
  • Up to 2 additional letters of support

Visit the ProposalCentral Council Awards Applicant Instructions page to apply or make a nomination.

Once logged in, you may apply for the Scientific Sessions Lifetime Achievement Awards and Lectures and select the GPM Medal of Honor from the award drop-down list.

Each nomination should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • A letter of nomination or candidate statement (if self-nominating), drafted on electronic letterhead with a signature. The letter should outline and provide clear examples of how the candidate meets the criteria.
  • A primary letter of recommendation from a colleague who can evaluate the candidate's research contributions. The letter must address each of the major award evaluation criteria and indicate what distinguishes the candidate in each criterion.
  • Up to 2 additional letters of support.

Visit the ProposalCentral Council Awards Applicant Instructions page to apply or submit a nomination.

Once logged in, you may apply for the Scientific Sessions Lifetime Achievement Awards and Lectures and select the James B. Herrick Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cardiology from the award drop-down list.


Prize

The honoree will be recognized and invited to present a state-of-the-art lecture at the Council on Clinical Cardiology dinner and will also receive the following:

  • Complimentary registration to Scientific Sessions
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to the CLCD Council Dinner
  • Commemorative medallion
  • Reimbursement for eligible travel expenses up to $1,000

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