American College of Cardiology Announces Young Investigator Award Winners

Contact: Abby Cosenza,,

WASHINGTON (Apr 04, 2022) -

The American College of Cardiology has announced the winners of its Young Investigator Awards competition, which encourages and recognizes young scientific investigators of promise, upon whom progress in the field of cardiology is dependent. The awards were presented during the ACC Convocation Ceremony on April 4 during the ACC’s 71st Annual Scientific Session.

To be considered for a Young Investigator Award, candidates submitted an abstract summarizing any problem relating to cardiovascular disease, whether in etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis or therapy. Finalists were selected in each of the three award categories and invited to attend the Scientific Session to present their work during the Young Investigator Awards Competition.

Finalists are awarded first place, second place or honorable mention. This year’s winners are:

Young Investigator Awards in Basic and Translational Science

  • First Place: Neha Hafeez, BS, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
  • Second Place: David Rawnsley, MD, University in St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Jae Hyung Cho, MD, PhD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
    • Maddalena Conte, MD, Azienda Ospedialiera Universitaria (AOU) Federico II, Napoli, Italy
    • Olivia Ly, MS, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago

Young Investigator Awards in Clinical Investigations

  • First Place: Christopher Cheung, MD, University of California, San Francisco
  • Second Place: Andrew Lin, MD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Zakaria Almuwaqqat, MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta
    • Chieh Ju Chao, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
    • Samer Noaman, MD, ChB, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Young Investigator Awards in Outcomes Research

  • First Place: Maneesh Sud, MD, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • Second Place: Rahul Aggarwal, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Shady Abohashem, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston
    • Kevin Hummel, MD, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston

For more information on these 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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