Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young Distinguished Achievement Award

The Young Hearts Distinguished Achievement Award is presented every three years during the Young Hearts Dinner at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions. The award recognizes Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young (Young Hearts) members who have made major contributions to the affairs the Young Hearts Council over a continuing period, and who have made substantial professional contributions to the field represented by the council.

  • Contributions to new knowledge in the field
  • Contributions to teaching or clinical care in the field
  • Professional leadership in national or international organizations

Suggested nominees for the Distinguished Achievement Award may be submitted to the Young Hearts Leadership Committee by email. 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

  • 2021 Pedro J. del Nido, MD, FAHA
  • 2018 G. Paul Matherne, MD, FAHA
  • 2015 Michael Gewitz, MD, FAHA
  • 2012 Stephen Daniels, MD, PhD, FAHA
  • 2009 Gail Pearson, MD, ScD, FAHA
  • 2006 Dianne Atkins, MD, FAHA
  • 2003 Welton Gersony, MD
  • 2000 Kathryn A. Taubert, PhD
  • 1997 James H. Moller, MD
  • 1994 Edward B. Clark, MD
  • 1991 Ronald Lauer, MD
  • 1988 Edward L. Kaplan, MD
  • 1985 William H. Weidman
  • 1981 Milton Markowitz, MD


 The honoree will receive:

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

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

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