Young Researchers Recognized by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology Sister Journals

Contact: Sam Roth,, 202-375-6582

NEW ORLEANS (Mar 16, 2019) -

Nine young authors have been awarded Young Author Achievement Awards by the American College of Cardiology in recognition of outstanding research published in one of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology’s sister journals. Winners will receive a plaque and be recognized at the JACC Editorial Board meeting and reception held during ACC’s 68th Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans.

“We feel proud that the JACC journals continue to recognize up-and-coming researchers, as well as their mentors and institutional research programs, to honor the next-generation of investigators,” said JACC Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, on behalf of the JACC Editors.

The Young Author Achievement Awards are awarded to researchers within the first five years of their training. Editorial boards for each JACC sister journal nominate winners chosen from research submitted in the prior year. This year’s winners and their mentors are:

JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions

  • Yousif Ahmad, BMBS

Imperial College of London
Mentor: Sayan Sen, MBBS, PhD
Study: “Coronary haemodynamics in patients with severe aortic stenosis and coronary artery disease undergoing TAVR: Implications for clinical indices of coronary stenosis severity”

  • Jaffar M. Khan, BM, BCh

Cardiovascular Branch, Division of Intramural Research, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Mentor: Robert J. Lederman, MD
Study: “Transcatheter laceration of aortic leaflets to prevent coronary obstruction during transcatheter aortic valve replacement: Concept to first-in-human”

JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging

  • Ana Martinez-Naharro, MD

University College London
Mentor: Marianna Fontana, MD, PhD
Study: “Native T1 and Extracellular Volume in Transthyretin Amyloidosis”

  • Sang-Eun Lee, MD, PhD

Yonsei University College of Medicine
Mentor: Hyuk-Jae Chang, MD, PhD
Study: “Effects of Statins on Coronary Atherosclerotic Plaques: The PARADIGM Study”

JACC: Heart Failure

  • Kavita Sharma, MD

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Mentor: Stuart D. Russell, MD
Study: “Randomized Evaluation of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction Patients with Acute Heart Failure and Dopamine (ROPA-DOP) Trial”

  • Deanna N. Jones, MD

Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Mentor: W. Gregory Hundley, MD
Study: “Frequency of Transition from Stage A to Stage B Heart Failure After Initiating Potentially Cardiotoxic Chemotherapy”

JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology

  • Rajiv Mahajan, MD, PhD

University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital
Mentor: Prashanthan Sanders, MBBS, PhD
Study: “Electroanatomical Remodeling of the Atria in Obesity: Impact of Adjacent Epicardial Fat”

  • Susumu Tao, MD, PhD

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Mentor: Henry R. Halperin, MD, MA
Study: “Ablation Lesion Characterization in Scarred Substrate Assessed Using Cardiac Magnetic Resonance”

JACC: Basic to Translational Science

  • Haiyang Tang, MD

University of Arizona
Mentor: Jason X-J. Yuan, MD, PhD
Study: “Pathogenic Role of mTORC1 and mTORC2 in Pulmonary Hypertension”

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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