American College of Cardiology Announces 20 Distinguished Award Recipients

Winners will be recognized during Convocation at ACC.23/WCC for their exceptional contributions to the cardiovascular professional

Contact: Julie Boyland,,

WASHINGTON (Mar 04, 2023) -

Twenty cardiovascular professionals have been named 2023 Distinguished Award winners by the American College of Cardiology, recognizing their outstanding contributions to cardiovascular medicine.

Awardees will be recognized during Convocation at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.23/WCC) on March 4-6, 2023, in New Orleans.

The 2023 Distinguished Award winners are:

  • 2023 Presidential Citation
    John S. Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, MACC; University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver
  • 2023 Distinguished Fellow
    Thad F. Waites, MD, MACC; Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 2023 Distinguished Cardiovascular Team Member
    Eileen M. Handberg, PhD, ARNP, FACC; UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, Florida
  • 2023 Distinguished Teacher
    Catherine M. Otto, MD, FACC; University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
  • 2023 Gifted Educator
    Partho P. Sengupta, MD, FACC; Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 2023 Distinguished Mentor
    Marcelo F. Di Carli, MD, FACC; Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
  • 2023 Pamela S. Douglas Distinguished Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion
    Paul L. Douglass, MD, MACC; Wellstar Health System, Smyrna, Georgia
  • 2023 Distinguished Service
    Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC; Medical University of South Carolina, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • 2023 Valentin Fuster Award for Innovation in Science
    * supported by Elsevier, ACC’s publishing partner
    Christine E. Seidman, MD; Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • 2023 Distinguished Scientist (Basic Domain)
    James E. Muller, MD, FACC; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Auburndale, Massachusetts
  • 2023 Distinguished Scientist (Clinical Domain)
    Gregory Y. H. Lip, MD, FACC; University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 2023 Distinguished Scientist (Translational Domain)
    Margaret M. Redfield, MD, FACC; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • 2023 Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist
    Michael Honigberg, MD, FACC; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • 2023 International Service Award
    Mirvat A. Alasnag, MBBS, FACC; King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • 2023 Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women’s CV Disease
    Karol E. Watson, MD, FACC; UCLA Medical School, Los Angeles
  • Lifetime Achievement
    Paul Wayne Armstrong, MD, FACC; University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 2023 Master of the ACC (MACC)
    C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • 2023 Master of the ACC (MACC)
    Paul N. Casale, MD, MPH, FACC; Weill Cornell Medicine, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 2023 Master of the ACC (MACC)
    Edward T. A. Fry, MD, FACC; Ascension Indiana St. Vincent Heart Center, Indianapolis
  • 2023 Master of the ACC (MACC)
    Janet S. Wright, MD, FACC; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Littleton, Colorado

ACC.23/WCC will take place March 4-6, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, bringing together cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists from around the world to share the newest discoveries in treatment and prevention. Follow @ACCinTouch, @ACCMediaCenter and #ACC23 for the latest news from the meeting.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is the global leader in transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health for all. As the preeminent source of professional medical education for the entire cardiovascular care team since 1949, ACC credentials cardiovascular professionals in over 140 countries who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. Through its world-renowned family of JACC Journals, NCDR registries, ACC Accreditation Services, global network of Member Sections, CardioSmart patient resources and more, the College is committed to ensuring a world where science, knowledge and innovation optimize patient care and outcomes. Learn more at or follow @ACCinTouch.


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