Two William W. Parmley Young Author Achievement Awardees Selected

Raza M. Alvi and Masaru Obokata to be honored by American College of Cardiology

Contact: Sam Roth,, 202-375-6582

WASHINGTON (Mar 30, 2020) -

Raza M. Alvi, MD, and Masaru Obokata, MD, PhD, 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.

Alvi, who conducted his research at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, is being honored for his study: “Cardiovascular Events Among Adults Treated with Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cells (CAR-T).” His mentor, Tomas G. Neilan, MD, MPH, is also being recognized. Alvi’s manuscript was published in the December 24, 2019 issue of JACC.

Obokata, who conducted his research at Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota, is being honored for his study: “Effects of Interatrial Shunt on Pulmonary Vascular Function in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction.” His mentor, Barry A. Borlaug, MD, is also being recognized. Obokata’s manuscript was published in the November 26, 2019 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.”

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