Jeffrey M. Hoeg Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology Award for Basic Science and Clinical Research

Sponsored by the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology

Award applications for Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine Scientific Sessions are now closed and will reopen in the Fall of 2024.

The Jeffrey M. Hoeg Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Award for Basic Science and Clinical Research was established in 1999. The award recognizes an established investigator in the prime of his/her career who has made an outstanding contribution to furthering understanding of the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis and/or the development of treatment strategies for its prevention through basic science and clinical research efforts.

This award honors the memory of Jeffrey M. Hoeg, MD, chief of the Section of Cell Biology within the Molecular Disease Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH. He was an extraordinary research scientist and physician who, in the prime of his career, was working in the field of lipoprotein metabolism and atherosclerosis. Dr. Hoeg died in July 1998 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Award Recipients

  • 2023 Masanori Aikawa, MD, PhD
  • 2022 Pradeep Natarajan, MD, MMSc
  • 2021 Nicholas Leeper, MD
  • 2020 Elena Aikawa, MD, PhD, FAHA
  • 2019 Carlos Fernández-Hernando, PhD
  • 2018 Muredach P. Reilly, MBBCH, MSCE, FAHA
  • 2017 Filip K. Swirski, PhD
  • 2016 Esther Lutgens, MD, PhD
  • 2015 Alan E. Mast, MD, PhD
  • 2014 Catherine C. Hedrick, BS, PhD
  • 2013 Susan Smyth, MD, PhD
  • 2012 Kathryn J. Moore, PhD
  • 2011 Nigel Mackman, PhD
  • 2010 Peter Tontonoz, MD, PhD
  • 2009 Elazer R. Edelman, MD, PhD
  • 2008 Steven Lentz, MD, PhD
  • 2007 Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD
  • 2006 Hiroaki Shimokawa, MD, PhD
  • 2005 Daniel Rader, MD
  • 2004 Robert Hegele, MD
  • 2003 Linda L. Demer, MD, PhD
  • 2002 James Kuango-Jan Liao, MD
  • 2001 Jay W. Heinecke, MD
  • 2000 Shaun Coughlin, MD, PhD

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidate must have a doctoral degree.
  • By the date of nomination, the candidate must have held a minimum academic rank of assistant professor for no less than three years up to a maximum academic rank of full professor for no more than five years. The date of appointment to full professor or equivalent should be stated on candidate’s curriculum vitae.
  • Candidate must be working in arteriosclerosis, thrombosis or vascular biology research, which encompasses both basic science and clinical perspectives.
  • Candidate must demonstrate continued productivity in his/her area of research as indicated by publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and receipt of grant awards from public and/or private institutions.
  • Service to the AHA and the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB) will be considered in the evaluation of the criteria.

How to Make a Nomination

Electronic submission through the Council Awards Application System is required. Hard copies of any part of the application cannot be accepted. Individuals may be nominated an unlimited number of times but may receive the award only once.

The nomination file should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  1. A nominating letter thoroughly detailing the candidate’s contributions to the field of arteriosclerosis research. Please submit the letter on letterhead, with signature if possible.
  2. The candidate’s curriculum vitae, including bibliography.

Visit the Council Awards Application System to complete a nomination.

A username and password previously set up through online profile registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. AHA Professional Members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA membership identification numbers.


The winner of the Hoeg Award will present a lecture on a topic of his or her choice in a special plenary session of Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine Scientific Sessions.

The honoree will also receive the following:

  • An Engraved plaque
  • $1,500 honorarium
  • Complimentary registration to the Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine Scientific Sessions
  • Present a seminar on their research in a plenary session during the Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine Scientific Sessions.
  • An invitation to submit a brief review in the ATVB journal that summarizes the seminar. This will coincide with an announcement of the award in the ATVB journal.


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Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine

May 15–18, 2024
Hilton Chicago | Chicago, Illinois