American College of Cardiology Names Distinguished Award Winners

Nineteen to be recognized for achievements at ACC.19 Convocation, Inauguration and Awards Ceremony

Contact: Sam Roth,, 202-375-6582

NEW ORLEANS (Mar 16, 2019) -

Nineteen people who have made outstanding contributions to the cardiovascular profession have been named 2019 Distinguished Award winners by the American College of Cardiology. They will be recognized for their achievements at the ACC Convocation, Inauguration and Awards Ceremony on March 18 during the ACC’s 68th Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans.

Recipients are nominated by their peers and then selected by the American College of Cardiology Awards Committee. This year’s winners are:

  • 2019 Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women’s CV Disease Award
    Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC; University of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2019 Distinguished Associate Award
    Mona Fiuzat, PharmD, FACC; Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
  • 2019 Distinguished Fellow Award
    George Dangas, MD, PhD, FACC; Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York
  • 2019 Distinguished Mentor Award
    Morton J. Kern, MD, FACC; Veterans Administration Long Beach Health Care System, Long Beach, California
  • 2019 Distinguished Scientist Award (Basic Domain)
    Arthur Feldman, MD, PhD, FACC; Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2019 Distinguished Scientist Award (Clinical Domain)
    Robert O. Bonow, MD, MACC; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2019 Distinguished Scientist Award (Translational Domain) 
    Douglas L. Packer, MD, FACC; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • 2019 Distinguished Service Award
    Eduardo Manuel da Cruz, MD; Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, Colorado
  • 2019 Distinguished Teacher Award
    Samuel J. Asirvatham, MBBS, FACC; Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minnesota
  • 2019 Distinguished Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion
    Richard Allen Williams, MD, FACC; University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
  • 2019 Gifted Educator Award
    Glenn L. Levine, MD, FACC; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • 2019 International Service Award
    Fausto J. Pinto, MD, PhD, FACC; University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award
    Martin B. Leon, MD, FACC; Cardiovascular Research Foundation, New York
  • 2019 Honorary Fellowship Award
    Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN; Cardiovascular Management of Illinois, Woodridge, Illinois
  • 2019 Masters of the ACC
    Michael H. Crawford, MD, FACC; University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California
    Linda Gillam, MD, FACC; Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, New Jersey
    Christopher J. White, MD, FACC; Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana
    C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC; Centra Health, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 2019 Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award
    Amit Khera, MD; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts             

For more information on the Distinguished Awards program or individual awards, visit here

The ACC’s Annual Scientific Session, which in 2019 will be March 16-18 in New Orleans, brings together cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists from around the world to share the newest discoveries in treatment and prevention. Follow @ACCinTouch, @ACCMediaCenter and #ACC19 for the latest news from the meeting.                                 

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit


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