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

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WASHINGTON (May 15, 2021) -

Twelve 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 70th Annual Scientific Session.

“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, MACC, 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: Spencer King Award for Outstanding Scholarship

  • Andreas Seitz, MD
    Mentor: Peter Ong, MD
    Study: "Long-Term Follow-Up in Patients with Stable Angina and Unobstructed Coronary Arteries Undergoing Intracoronary Acetylcholine Testing"

JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging: Jagat Narula Award for Outstanding Scholarship

  • Jan Henzel, MD, PhD
    National Institute of Cardiology in Warsaw
    Mentor: Marcin Demkow, MD, PhD
    Study: "High-Risk Coronary Plaque Regression After Intensive Lifestyle Intervention in Nonobstructive Coronary Disease: A Randomized Study"

JACC: Heart Failure

  • Marat Fudim, MD, MHS
    Duke University School of Medicine
    Mentor: Manesh R. Patel, MD
    Study: "Splanchnic Nerve Block for Chronic Heart Failure"

  • Kim Anderson, MD, MSc
    University of Dalhousie
    Mentor: Douglas S. Lee, MD, PhD
    Study: "Health Care Use Before First Heart Failure Hospitalization: Identifying Opportunities to Pre-Emptively Diagnose Impending Decompensation"

JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology

  • Giovanni Peretto, MD
    Vita-Salute San Raffaele University
    Mentor: Paolo Della Bella, MD
    Study: "Immunosuppressive Therapy and Risk Stratification of Patients with Myocarditis Presenting with Ventricular Arrhythmias"

  • Jaclyn A. Brennan, PhD
    George Washington University
    Mentor: Igore R. Efimov, PhD
    Study: "Evidence of Superior and Inferior Sinoatrial Nodes in the Mammalian Heart"

JACC: Basic to Translational Science

  • Cheavar A. Blair, PhD
    University of Kentucky
    Mentor: Kenneth S. Campbell, PhD
    Study: "Heart Failure in Humans Reduces Contractile Force in Myocardium from Both Ventricles"

  • Wei Sun, MD
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Mentor: Stephen Y. Chan, MD, PhD
    Study: "SCUBE1 Controls BMPR2-Relevant Pulmonary Endothelial Function: Implications for Diagnostic Marker Development in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension"

JACC: Case Reports

  • Gaurav Agarwal, MD, DM
    Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences & Research
    Mentor: K.H. Srinivas, MD, DM
    Study: “Left Ventricular Intramyocardial Dissecting Hematomas”

  • Nikolaos Spilias, MD
    Cleveland Clinic
    Mentor: Serge C. Harb, MD
    Study: "Surgical Repair for Primary Tricuspid Valve Disease: Individualized Surgical Planning with 3-Dimensional Printing”

JACC: Cardio-Oncology

  • Attila Feher, MD, PhD
    Yale University School of Medicine
    Mentor: Albert J. Sinusas, MD
    Study: "Computed Tomographic Angiography Assessment of Epicardial Coronary Vasoreactivity for Early Detection of Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiotoxicity"

  • Marie-A Chaix, MD, MSc
    Montreal Heart Institute, Université de Montréal
    Mentor: Seema Mital, MD
    Study: "Machine Learning Identifies Clinical and Genetic Factors Associated with Anthracycline Cardiotoxicity in Pediatric Cancer Survivors"

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

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, JACC: Basic to Translational Science, JACC: Case Reports, JACC: CardioOncology and JACC: Asia—that prides themselves in publishing the top peer-reviewed research on all aspects of cardiovascular disease. Learn more at


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