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

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WASHINGTON (Apr 02, 2022) -

Thirteen 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 Meet and Greet held on Sunday, April 3 during ACC’s 71st Annual Scientific Session.

“We feel proud that the JACC journals continue to recognize young, distinguished researchers, as well as their mentors and institutional research programs, to commemorate 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

  • Elric Zwek, MD
    Heinrich-Heine University

    Mentor: Ralf Westenfeld, MDStudy: “Machine Learning Identifies Clinical Parameters to Predict Mortality in Patients Undergoing Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair”

    JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging: Jagat Narula Award for Outstanding Scholarship

  • Hidenobu Takagi, MD, PhD
    Tohoku University Hospital

    Mentor: Jonathon A. Leipsic, MD
    Study: “Association of Tube Voltage with Plaque Composition on Coronary CT Angiography: Results from PARADIGM Registry Association of Tube Voltage with Plaque Composition on Coronary CT Angiography: Results from PARADIGM Registry"

    JACC: Heart Failure

  • Brian P. Halliday, MBChB, PhD
    Royal Brompton Hospital & Imperial College London

    Mentor: Sanjay K. Prasad, MD
    Study: “Heart Rate as a Marker of Relapse During Withdrawal of Therapy in Recovered Dilated Cardiomyopathy”
  • Kershaw V. Patel, MD
    Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center
    Mentor: Ambarish Pandey, MD, MSCS
    Study: “Physical Activity, Subclinical Myocardial Injury, and Risk of Heart Failure Subtypes in Black Adults”

    JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology

  • Varun Malik, BMedSci, MBBS
    University of Adelaide
    Mentor: Prashanthan Sanders, MBBS, PHD
    Study: “Autonomic Afferent Dysregulation in Atrial Fibrillation”
  • Veronica Dusi, MD, PhD
    Istituto Auxologico Italiano IRCCS & University of Turin
    Mentor: Peter J. Schwartz, MD
    Study: “Left Cardiac Sympathetic Denervation for Long QT Syndrome: 50 Years’ Experience Provides Guidance for Management”

    JACC: Basic to Translational Science

  • Carlo Renato G Bartoli, MD, PhD
    Geisinger Medical Center

    Mentor: Andrew C. Glatz, MD, MSCE
    Study: “Abnormalities in the Von Willebrand-Angiopoietin Axis Contribute to Dysregulated Angiogenesis and Angiodysplasia in Children with a Glenn Circulation"

    JACC: Case Reports

  • Karen Carr, MD
    University of California-Los Angeles

    Mentor: Ruchira Garg, MD
    Study: “Mitral Annular Disjunction Associated with Fatal Ventricular Arrhythmia in an Adolescent With Marfan Syndrome”
  • Mario Salido, MD
    Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
    Mentor: David Viladés, MD
    Study: “Acute Mitral Regurgitation Secondary to Spontaneous Left Atrial Appendage Occluder Migration”

    JACC: Cardio-Oncology

  • Javier Valero-Elizondo, MD, MPH
    Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center

    Mentor: Khurram Nasir, MD, MPH, MSc
    Study: “Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer and Financial Toxicity among Adults in the United States”
  • Connor G. O'Brien, MD
    University California San Francisco School of Medicine

    Mentor: Phillip C. Yang, MD
    Study: “Mitochondria Rich Extracellular Vesicles Rescue Patient-Specific Cardiomyocytes from Doxorubicin Injury: Insights into the SENECA Trial”

    JACC: Asia

  • Seokhun Yang, MD
    Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Center, Seoul National University Hospital

    Mentor: Bon-Kwon Koo, MD, PhD
    Study: “Prognostic Implications of Comprehensive Whole Vessel Plaque Quantification Using Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography”
  • Yuhei Goriki, MD
    Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, National Hospital Organization Ureshino Medical Center
    Mentor: Atsushi Tanaka, MD, PhD
    Study: “A Novel Prediction Model of Acute Kidney Injury Based on Combined Blood Variables in STEMI”

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

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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