American College of Cardiology Names Distinguished Award Winners

Twenty-one to be recognized for achievements at ACC.22 Convocation, Inauguration and Awards Ceremony

Contact: Abby Cosenza,,

WASHINGTON (Apr 02, 2022) -

Twenty-one people who have made outstanding contributions to the cardiovascular profession have been named 2022 Distinguished Award winners by the American College of Cardiology. They will be recognized for their achievements at the ACC Convocation, Inauguration and Awards Ceremony on April 4 during the ACC’s 71st Annual Scientific Session.

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

  • 2022 Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women’s CV Disease Award
    Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH, FACC; Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
  • 2022 Distinguished Associate Award
    Michelle Nickolaus, CRNP, FACC; Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
  • 2022 Distinguished Fellow Award
    Frederick A. Masoudi, MD, MSPH, MACC; University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO
  • 2022 Distinguished Mentor Award
    Linda D. Gillam, MD, MPH, MACC; Atlantic Health, Morristown, NJ
  • 2022 Distinguished Scientist Award (Basic Domain)
    W. H. Wilson Tang, MD, FACC; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • 2022 Distinguished Scientist Award (Clinical Domain)
    Ik-Kyung Jang, MD, PhD, FACC; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 2022 Distinguished Scientist Award (Translational Domain)
    Douglas L. Mann, MD, FACC; Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • 2022 Distinguished Service Award
    Jennifer H. Mieres, MD, FACC; North Shore University Hospital, Great Neck, NY
  • 2022 Distinguished Teacher Award
    Patrick T. O'Gara, MD, MACC; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 2022 Pamela S. Douglas Distinguished Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion
    Hannah A. Valantine, MD, FACC; Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
  • 2022 Gifted Educator Award
    Mani A. Vannan, MBBS, FACC; Piedmont Heart Institute, Atlanta, GA
  • 2022 International Service Award
    John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award
    Nanette Kass Wenger, MD, MACC; Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • 2022 Presidential Citation Award
    Alain Cribier, Sr.; Hospital Charles Nicolle, Rouen, France
  • 2022 Masters of the ACC (MACC)
    Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC; Hoag's Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart and Vascular Institute, Newport Beach, CA
    George D. Dangas, MD, PhD, FACC; Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
    John S. Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, FACC; University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO
    Hector O. Ventura, MD, FACC; Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, LA
  • 2022 Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist
    Fatima Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FACC; Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA
  • 2022 Honorary Fellow
    Guang Ning, MD, PhD; Shanghai Clinical Center for Endocrine and Metabolic Disease, Shanghai, China
  • Valentin Fuster Award for Innovation in Science
    Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC; Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

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

ACC.22 will take place April 2-4, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, bringing together cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists from around the world to share the newest discoveries in treatment and prevention. Follow @ACCinTouch, @ACCMediaCenter and #ACC22 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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