American College of Cardiology Names Distinguished Award Winners

Nineteen to be recognized for achievements during ACC.20/WCC Virtual

Contact: Sam Roth,, 202-375-6582

WASHINGTON (Mar 30, 2020) -

Nineteen people who have made outstanding contributions to the cardiovascular profession have been named 2020 Distinguished Award winners by the American College of Cardiology. They will be recognized for their achievements during the ACC’s 69th Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology’s virtual meeting.

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

  • 2020 Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award
    Carlo R. Bartoli, MD, PhD; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 2020 Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women’s CV Disease Award
    Leslee J. Shaw, PhD, FACC; Weill Cornell Medicine, New York             
  • 2020 Distinguished Associate Award
    Jennifer M. Ballard-Hernandez, DNP, AACC; Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach, California
  • 2020 Distinguished Fellow Award
    Debabrata Mukherjee, MD, FACC; Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas             
  • 2020 Distinguished Mentor Award
    James A. de Lemos, MD, FACC; UT Southwestern Medical School, Dallas           
  • 2020 Distinguished Scientist Award (Basic Domain)
    Andrew L. Wit, PhD, FACC; Columbia University, New York             
  • 2020 Distinguished Scientist Award (Clinical Domain)
    Jeroen J. Bax, MD, PhD, FACC; Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands        
  • 2020 Distinguished Scientist Award (Translational Domain) 
    Benjamin D. Levine, MD, FACC; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas           
  • 2020 Distinguished Service Award
    Dhanunjaya R. Lakkireddy, MBBS, FACC; Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute, Kansas City, Kansas             
  • 2020 Distinguished Teacher Award
    Carole A. Warnes, MD, FACC; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota             
  • 2020 Pamela S. Douglas Distinguished Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion
    Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC; Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina             
  • 2020 Gifted Educator Award
    Annapoorna S. Kini, MBBS, FACC; Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York           
  • 2020 International Service Award
    Jagat Narula, MD, DM, PhD, MACC; Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York          
  • 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award
    Charles Antzelevitch, PhD, FACC; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania             
  • 2020 Presidential Citation Award
    Michael C. Hiles, MSEE, PhD; Cook Biotech Inc, West Lafayette, Indiana                              
  • 2020 Masters of the ACC
    Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC; Baylor Scott and White Health, Dallas             
    William Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC; American College of Cardiology, Washington             
    George P. Rodgers, MD, FACC; Seton Heart Institute, Austin, Texas             
    Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC; Indiana University Health, Indianapolis             

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

ACC.20/WCC will take place March 28-30, bringing together cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists from around the world to share the newest discoveries in treatment and prevention. Follow @ACCinTouch, @ACCMediaCenter and #ACC20/#WCCardio 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 54,000 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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