The American College of Cardiology (ACC) Distinguished Awards were established to recognize outstanding individuals making contributions to the cardiovascular profession. Among these distinguished awards are early career distinguished awards, mid-to-late career distinguished awards and the honorable Master of the ACC (MACC) award.

The ACC Congratulates the 2016 Distinguished Awardees

The 2016 Distinguished Awardees were presented with their awards at the Annual Convocation on Monday, April 4th, 2016 during the 65th Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago, IL. Their biographies and achievements in the field of cardiology can be found here. They are considered to have made outstanding contributions to our field and will follow in the footsteps of past Distinguished Award recipients.

2017 Distinguished Award Categories and Nominations Process

The Distinguished Awards recognize the following for outstanding achievements:

Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women's Cardiovascular Disease Award: An FACC (male or female) who demonstrates leadership and accomplishment in the field of cardiovascular disease in women exemplified by research, teaching, practice or service.

Lifetime Achievement Award: An individual who has had a lifetime of outstanding achievements in the field of cardiovascular disease and has served as a role model through service, basic or clinical research and teaching. Former College presidents are not eligible for this award.

Distinguished Fellowship Award: An FACC who is well recognized for service to the College and whose activities are considered to qualify this person as a role model for others. Former College presidents are not eligible for this award.

Distinguished Scientist Award:An FACC who has made major scientific contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge in the field of cardiovascular disease. Three awards will be given in this category. One award will be given in each of the three domains: Basic, Clinical and Translational.

Distinguished Service Award: A physician, scientist or layperson who, by individual effort, has made profound contributions to medicine and/or the delivery of health care. Former College presidents are not eligible for this award.

Gifted Educator Award: An FACC who has demonstrated innovative, outstanding teaching characteristics and compassionate qualities and because of these attributes has made major contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine at the local and/or regional level.

Distinguished Teacher Award: An FACC who has demonstrated innovative, outstanding teaching characteristics and compassionate qualities and because of these attributes has made major contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine at the national and/or international level.

International Service Award: An FACC who through his or her outstanding contributions to cardiovascular medicine and science has significantly enhanced cardiovascular care throughout the world. The award should recognize service and should not be tied to leadership in the international cardiovascular community.

Distinguished Associate Award: A non-physician member (Cardiac Care Associate, Associate of the American College of Cardiology or non-physician Fellow of the American College of Cardiology) whose outstanding contributions to College initiatives and the field of cardiology have encouraged and nurtured the ACC's team approach to cardiovascular care.

Distinguished Mentor Award: An FACC who during his/her lengthy career, has demonstrated a dedication to mentoring physicians and/or other members of the cardiac care team across a spectrum of professional activities and consequently has palpably shaped the careers of current and future leaders in cardiovascular medicine.

*NOTE: This Award requires the following in its nomination packet:

  • At least five (5) supporting letters should be written by those have been actually mentored by the nominee and should explain how their career has been directly influenced and shaped by the nominee.
  • The remaining five (5) supporting letters can come from observers (dean, fellowship director, etc).
  • All letters must come from ACC members.

Honorary Fellowship Award: A distinguished physician or scientist who is not an ACC member and who would not otherwise have routinely had an opportunity to pursue Fellowship in the College, but whose professional performance warrants recognition by the College.



The nomination period for the award has now passed.

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

Master of the American College of Cardiology (MACC)

The award recognizes and honors a limited number of FACCs, who have consistently contributed to the goals and programs of the College and who have provided leadership in important College activities. No more than four Master designations will be awarded each year. One of these four awards recognizes the contributions of the current year's outgoing president of the College. As many as three other Master designations may result from the nomination process.

Qualifications of Nominees for MACC Designation

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 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.



The nomination period for the MACC designation has now passed.

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

Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award Program

Established in 2005, the Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award recognizes young scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the field of cardiovascular disease and who have amassed an impressive body of scientific research in either the basic or clinical domains.

Offered annually, the program differs from other ACC distinguished awards in the following areas:

  • Nominations will be invited from both the membership and from the wider national/international community;
  • The recipient will need not necessarily be an ACC member at the time of nomination; and
  • The awardee may not be widely known.

The recipient must be no more than five years out of training from an accredited U.S. institution or comparable international training program.

One awardee will be selected each year. The award recipient will be invited to present his or her scientific work at the ACC Annual Scientific Sessions. He or she will also be recognized at the Annual Convocation Ceremony and receive a monetary prize of $1,000. Travel, housing and registration expenses to attend the Scientific Sessions will also be provided.

Nominations are invited from the following:

  • U.S. and international cardiovascular organizations, and
  • U.S. and international medical schools and/or cardiology departments.


The nomination period for this award has closed.

For questions regarding the Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award, please contact Kristin Robertson at kroberts@acc.org or 800-253-4636, ext. 6390.