Stroke Council Award and Lecture

Sponsored by the Stroke Council

The Stroke Council Award and Lecture recognizes and encourages those who actively work to integrate stroke and heart disease in clinical care, education or research. Individuals committed to promoting wider recognition of stroke in the cardiovascular community and of heart disease in the stroke community should be recognized for their unique efforts to promote the mission of the AHA.

The honoree will be acknowledged at Scientific Sessions in November and will present a special lecture.

Award Recipients

  • 2023 Patrick D. Lyden, MD, FAHA
  • 2022 Nestor Gonzalez, MD, MSc, FAHA
  • 2021 Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MSc, MAS, MBA, MLS, FAHA
  • 2020 George Howard, DrPH, FAHA
  • 2019 Louise McCullough, MD, PhD, FAHA
  • 2018 Mitchell S. V. Elkind, MD, MS, FAHA
  • 2017 Lee H. Schwamm, MD
  • 2016 Sandra A. Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA
  • 2015 Lewis B. Morgenstern MD FAHA
  • 2014 Cathy A. Sila, MD, FAHA
  • 2013 Edward Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP
  • 2012 Scott Kasner, MD, PhD, FAHA
  • 2011 Debbie Summers, MSN, ACNS-BC, CNRN, CCRN, FAHA
  • 2010 Michael Sloan, MD, FAAN, FAHA
  • 2009 Pamela Duncan, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAHA
  • 2008 Vladimir Hachinski, CM, MD, FRCPC, DSc, FAHA
  • 2007 Margaret Kelly-Hayes, EdD, RN, FAAN, FAHA
  • 2006 Jeffrey Saver, MD, FAHA
  • 2005 Anne Leonard, RN, BSN, MPH, FAHA

Eligibility Criteria

The Stroke Council Nominating Committee will select an honoree who meets the following criteria:

  • Candidate has made meritorious contributions within the ASA and AHA.
  • Candidate is a leader in the field of stroke as measured by his or her reputation in research, clinical care or education (preferably with contributions in more than one area).
  • Candidate has made significant contributions to promoting awareness of cerebrovascular disease and its importance in the cardiovascular community in research and service.
  • Candidate is a current member of the AHA Stroke Council at any level.


The honoree will be acknowledged in Connections, the AHA council newsletter. The honoree will present a state-of-the-art lecture on the topic of his or her choice at Scientific Sessions.

The honoree will also receive the following:

  • $1,500 honorarium
  • Engraved plaque
  • Complimentary registration to Scientific Sessions
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to the Council Dinner
  • Round-trip coach airfare to attend Scientific Sessions
  • One night hotel accommodation, ground transportation, and one day's subsistence at Scientific Sessions


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Scientific Sessions: November 16–18, 2024
McCormick Place Convention Center | Chicago, Illinois