Laennec Clinician/Educator Lecture

Sponsored by the Council on Clinical Cardiology

This lecture was established in 1970 by the Laennec Society, a section of the Council on Clinical Cardiology (CLCD), but was not presented consistently until 1978. The major aim of the Society was to promote the importance of bedside cardiology and the application of clinical research to the bedside.

The Laennec Lecture is presented annually at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions. Honorees are selected by the Council on Clinical Cardiology leadership and are invited to present a lecture on a topic of their choice.

Award Recipients

2021 Recipient

N.A. Mark Estes, III, MD, FAHA
"Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathies: Four Decades of Progress"

Past Recipients

2020 Pamela S. Douglas, MD, FAHA
"Imaging, Imaging Quality and Chest Pain Evaluation"

2019 Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM, FAHA
"Agenda 2030 – Let’s Prevent Atrial Fibrillation and Its Complications"

2018 Quinn Capers, IV, MD
"The Lack of Diversity in the US Physician and Cardiology Workforce is a Public Health Emergency: The Way Forward"

2017 Robert M. Califf, MD
"The Clinician Investigator in the Era of Ubiquitous Information"

2016 Robert Harrington, MD, FAHA, FACC
"Rethinking randomized clinical trials"

2015 Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, FAHA
"Heart failure in special populations; the intersection of clinical, basic and population science"

2014 Harry (Hal) Dietz, MD
"Found in Translation: New Insights into the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Marfan Syndrome and Related Disorders"

2013 Kim Eagle, MD
"Acute Aortic Syndromes: New insights from IRAD and GenTAC Registries"

2012 Patrick O'Gara, MD, FAHA
"Asymptomatic Valvular Heart Disease: Can Earlier Intervention Be Justified?"

2011 Linda Gillam, MD
"Valvular Heart Disease: From Bedside to Bench and Back Again"

2010 Renu Virmani, MD
"Evolving DES Platforms"

2009 William Grossman, MD, FAHA
"Diastolic Function: Past, Present and Future"

2008 P.K. Shah, MD, FAHA
"The Gene from Limone: Is it Golden or Not?"

2007 Rick Nishimura, MD, FAHA
"Unraveling the Mysteries of Diastology"

2006 Gary Francis, MD, FAHA
"The Contemporary Management of Patients Admitted to Hospital with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure"

2005 Richard Kerber, MD, FAHA
"Cardiac Arrest and Resuscitation: Bringing Technology from the Hospital to the Street"

2004 Nanette Wenger
"Coronary Heart Disease in Women 2004: Problems, Progress, Prospects"

2003 R Wayne Alexander, MD, PhD
"Pathogenesis of Atherosclerosis: Enhanced Oxidation States as a Unifying Mechanism"

2002 Kanu Chatterjee, MD
"Determination of Hemodynamics by Physical Examination"

2001 Victor Dzau, MD
"Renin Angiotensis and Cardiovascular Disease: 2001 and Beyond"

2000 Hein JJ Wellens
"Sudden Cardiac Death: Are We on the Right Track?"

1999 Gottlieb C Friesinger II
"Cardiac Disease in the Elderly: Calcific Aortic Stenosis"

1998 Blase A Carabello
"Operating on Asymptomatic Patients with Valvular Heart Disease: If It's Bad, Why Not Fix It?"

1997 William J McKenna
"Prognostic Assessment of Patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy"

1996 Robert O Bonow
"Left Ventricular Function and the Timing of Operation for Chronic Aortic Regurgitation"

1995 Elliott Rapaport
"The Role of Clinical Evaluation in the Managed Care Era"

1994 Michael H Crawford
"Cardiac Diagnostics Test Selection Under Health Care Reform"

1993 Nathaniel Reichek
"Laennec and Technology: Prescription for Year 2000"

1992 J. Willis Hurst
"An ‘Unconventional' Teaching Session"

1991 Liv K. Hatle
"Limitations of Noninvasive Assessment by Doppler Echocardiography"

1990 William H. Gaasch
"Clinical Implications of Left Ventricle Diastolic Dysfunction"

1989 T. Joseph Reeve
"Bedside Cardiology in a High-Tech Era"

1988 John B. Barlow
"Mitral Leaflet Billowing and Prolapse: Perspectives After Nearly Three Decades"

1887 Ralph Shabeta
"Function of the Pericardium"

1986 Robert A. O'Rourke
"Current Trends in Clinical Cardiology: A Road to Folly"

1985 A. Jamil Tajik
"Doppler Echocardiography in Clinical Cardiology: A Critical Appraisal"

1984 Edward Yellin
"Understanding Diastolic Function – The Impact of Invasive Transmitral Flow Measurements"


The award will be presented at Scientific Sessions.

The honoree will also receive:

  • Honorarium of $1,000
  • Complimentary registration to Scientific Sessions
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to the Council Dinner
  • Engraved plaque
  • Round-trip coach airfare to Scientific Sessions
  • Hotel reimbursement (room + tax) for one night at the conference rate
  • Ground transportation to and from the airport
  • Meal reimbursement up to $70



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