The ultimate in recognition, the Master of the American College of Cardiology (MACC) designation is awarded to no more than four cardiovascular professionals each year who have consistently contributed above and beyond to the goals and programs of the College, and who have provided leadership in important College activities. Reserved for those who have been in good standing for more than fifteen years, MACC recognizes those who have served the College with distinction.

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The Awardees

One of the four awards is reserved to recognize the contributions of the current year’s outgoing President of the College. The remaining three are determined through a nomination process and review by the Awards Committee.

MACC designates are honored annually during ACC’s Annual Convocation Ceremony. This year, the ACC recognizes our 2015 MACC recipients:

  • Patrick T. O’Gara, ACC President
  • Gregory J. Dehmer, MD
  • Prediman K. Shah, MD
  • Clyde Yancy, MD
Criteria for MACC

Nominees for the Master designation will have been Fellows of the College in good standing for more than fifteen years. Dedicated service to the College over time is the primary and necessary distinguishing characteristic of nominees for the Master designation. The nominees will have served with distinction and provided leadership on College programs and committees and may have served as trustees or governors. Excellence in education, clinical practice and scholarship will be important supporting characteristics.

How to Nominate a Colleague

The nomination period for MACC awards for 2015 has passed. Stay tuned to this page for information on next year’s award deadline period.

Nomination Criteria

Current and past members of the Board of Trustees, past presidents and officers are invited to individually nominate candidates to receive the MACC designation. Each nomination should be in the form of a letter addressed to the Awards Committee that clearly sets forth the rationale for the nomination.

The following supporting materials should accompany each letter of nomination:

  • One seconding letter from another member of one of the groups invited to make nominations;
  • A complete listing of the nominee’s College committee activities obtained from the ACC (This list can be obtained from Kristin Robertson in the Member Strategy Department at; and
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae

The Awards Committee will receive nominations and report its recommendations to the Board of Trustees in the fall. The committee may either approve or decline to approve any nomination. If a nomination is declined, it will not be forwarded to the Board of Trustees. Awards Committee members may not submit nominations, nor are they eligible to receive the MACC designation while serving on the committee.

Individuals receiving the MACC designation this year will be formally recognized during the College’s Annual Convocation Ceremony in 2015.

Contact Us

For questions regarding the ACC Distinguished Awards Program or MACC designation, please contact Kristin Robertson at or 800-253-4636, ext. 6390.