American College of Cardiology Announces Hani Najm Global Scholar Award Observership Program Awardees

Contact: Abby Cosenza,,

WASHINGTON (Apr 02, 2022) -

Two early career cardiologists/cardiothoracic surgeons have been awarded the Hani Najm Global Scholar Award by the American College of Cardiology to encourage the spread of knowledge between international cardiology professionals to combat global cardiovascular disease. The award was first announced at the Saudi Heart Association Annual Conference on Oct. 8, 2020, and was further established as part of ACC’s 2020 Campaign for the Future. Winners will be placed in Observerships for 4 weeks starting March 2022 and will participate in ACC’s 71st Annual Scientific Sessions taking place April 2-4, 2022.

The Hani Najm Global Scholar Award aims to provide early career cardiologists residing in the Middle East and North Africa region the chance to exchange their knowledge with U.S. medical professionals by training abroad. The program offers awardees the opportunity to work with practicing cardiologists in U.S. hospitals. This year’s winners and their mentors are:

  • Hussain Mohammed Al Qattan, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Specialist, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Fatima Qurratulain, Assistant Professor of Cardiology, Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Lahore, Pakistan

Hani K. Najm, MD, MSc, FACC, currently serves as member of the board of trustees of the ACC and has been the past chair of the ACC’s Assembly of International Governors, which consist of global cardiovascular leaders from ACC’s International Chapters, representing over 80 countries around the globe. Najm is the chair of pediatric and congenital heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

“International physicians often seek an opportunity to train in the United States and exchange best practices with other cardiologists. I feel honored to be able to sponsor this award, as the dissemination of knowledge is critical in addressing negative effects of cardiovascular disease,” Najm said.

The ACC’s Campaign for the Future is a $10 million member-driven campaign designed to unite cardiovascular clinicians worldwide around the shared goals of tangibly addressing global health, fostering diversity and inclusion, and ensuring leadership in cardiovascular care.

The Hani Najm Global Scholar Awards are currently scheduled to be awarded annually from 2022-2025.

To learn more about the program, 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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