Distinguished Scientists

The Distinguished Scientist designation honors American Heart Association professional members who have made extraordinary contributions to cardiovascular and stroke research.

The American Heart Association's Distinguished Scientists are a prominent group of scientists and clinicians whose work has importantly advanced our understanding of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. This award was created over 10 years ago to recognize AHA members for significant, original and sustained scientific contributions that have advanced the association's mission "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." Recipients of this prestigious award are honored during the Presidential Session at AHA Scientific Sessions.

2020 AHA Distinguished Scientists Awardees

Joan Heller Brown PhD, FAHA

Joan Heller Brown PhD, FAHA

Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology
University of California San Diego, School of Medicine
La Jolla, CA

Robert M. Carey, MD, FAHA

Robert M. Carey, MD, FAHA

Dean, Emeritus and Professor of Medicine
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA

Glenn Fishman, MD, FAHA

Glenn Fishman, MD, FAHA

William Goldring Professor of Medicine and Director, Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology Vice Chair for Research, Department of Medicine
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
New York, NY

Mark T. Gladwin, MD, FAHA

Mark T. Gladwin, MD, FAHA

Jack D. Myers Distinguished Professor and Chair
Chairman, Department of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh and UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA

Frank Sacks, MD, FAHA

Frank Sacks, MD, FAHA

Professor of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Nutrition Department
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Gregg L. Semenza, MD, PhD, FAHA

Gregg L. Semenza, MD, PhD, FAHA

C. Michael Armstrong Professor of Genetic Medicine, Pediatrics, Oncology, Medicine, Radiation Oncology and Biological Chemistry
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Director, Vascular Program
Johns Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering
Baltimore, MD