Two William W. Parmley Young Author Achievement Awardees Selected

Arnav Kumar and Daniela Pedicino to be honored by American College of Cardiology

Contact: Sam Roth,, 202-375-6582

NEW ORLEANS (Mar 16, 2019) -

Arnav Kumar, MD, and Daniela Pedicino, MD, were named winners of the American College of Cardiology’s prestigious William W. Parmley Young Author Achievement Award.  The awards recognize two outstanding papers published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology by primary authors who are within five years of completing training requirements for a specialty board certification or a PhD.

Kumar, who conducted his research at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, is being honored for his study: “High Coronary Wall Shear Stress in Patients with Stable CAD Predicts Myocardial Infarction.” His mentor, Habib Samady, MD, is also being recognized. Kumar’s manuscript was published in the October 16, 2018 issue of JACC.

Pedicino, who conducted her research at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy, is being recognized for her manuscript: “Alterations of Hyaluronan Metabolism in Acute Coronary Syndrome: Implications for Plaque Erosion.” Her mentor, Giovanna Liuzzo, MD, will be recognized as well. Pedicino’s manuscript was published in the September 25, 2018 issue of JACC.

The award, named for Dr. William W. Parmley, a past editor-in-chief of JACC, honors two young authors per year. Papers are judged on originality, methodology, presentation and importance. The award commends not only the young investigator but also the program in which he or she is working. The Parmley Prize is funded by Elsevier.

“William Parmley was a pioneer for all cardiovascular researchers,” said JACC Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, “I feel proud that JACC continues to honor his legacy by recognizing up-and-coming researchers, as well as their mentors and institutional research programs.”

This year’s Parmley Awards will be given out during the ACC’s 68th Annual Scientific Sessions taking place March 16–18 in New Orleans. The award includes a stipend to attend an ACC educational event, a plaque and special recognitions at the ACC.19 Convocation Program at the JACC Editorial Board meeting and in an upcoming issue of JACC.

The ACC’s Annual Scientific Session brings together cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists from around the world to share the newest discoveries in treatment and prevention. Follow @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

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology ranks among the top cardiovascular journals in the world for its scientific impact. JACC is the flagship for a family of journals—JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, JACC: Heart Failure, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology and JACC: Basic to Translational Science—that prides themselves in publishing the top peer-reviewed research on all aspects of cardiovascular disease. Learn more at


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