American College of Cardiology Names Distinguished Award Winners

Nineteen to be recognized for achievements at ACC.21 Convocation Ceremony

Contact: Sam Roth,, 202-375-6582

WASHINGTON (May 15, 2021) -

Nineteen people who have made outstanding contributions to the cardiovascular profession have been named 2021 Distinguished Award winners by the American College of Cardiology. They will be formally recognized for their achievements during the ACC Convocation Ceremony at the 70th Annual Scientific Session, taking place May 15-17 virtually.

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

  • 2021 Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award
    Marat Fudim, MD, FACC; Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
  • 2021 Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women’s CV Disease Award
    Uri Elkayam, MD, FACC; University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles
  • 2021 Distinguished Associate Award
    Leslie Davis, NP, PhD, FACC; UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 2021 Distinguished Fellow Award
    Nkechinyere Ijioma, MBBS, FACC; Mayo Clinic Health Systems, La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • 2021 Distinguished Mentor Award
    Christopher M. Kramer, MD, FACC; University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 2021 Distinguished Scientist Award (Basic Domain)
    Chunyu Zeng, MD, PhD, FACC; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chongqing City, China
  • 2021 Distinguished Scientist Award (Clinical Domain)
    Christopher M. O'Connor, MD, MACC; Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, Falls Church, Virginia
  • 2021 Distinguished Scientist Award (Translational Domain)
    Sanjay Rajagopalan, MD, FACC; Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute University Hospitals, Cleveland
  • 2021 Distinguished Service Award
    Shuyang Zhang, MD; Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing
  • 2021 Distinguished Teacher Award
    Eric R. Bates, MD, FACC; University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 2021 Pamela S. Douglas Distinguished Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion
    Quinn Capers, IV, MD, FACC; University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas
  • 2021 Gifted Educator Award
    Hani Jneid, MD, FACC; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
  • 2021 International Service Award
    Daniel A. Mascarenhas, MD, FACC; Drexel University, Easton, Pennsylvania
  • 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award
    Jay N. Cohn, MD, FACC; University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
  • 2021 Presidential Citation Award
    Anthony S. Fauci, MD; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 2021 Masters of the ACC
    Robert C. Hendel, MD, FACC; Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans
    Gerard Martin, MD, FACC; Children's National Hospital, Washington
    Frederick A. Masoudi, MD, MSPH, FACC; University of Colorado Anschutz, Denver
    Athena Poppas, MD, FACC; Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute of Rhode Island, Miriam Hospitals and Newport Hospitals, Providence, Rhode Island

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

ACC.21 will take place May 15-17 virtually, bringing together cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists from around the world to share the newest discoveries in treatment and prevention. Follow @ACCinTouch, @ACCMediaCenter and #ACC21 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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