The American College of Cardiology Recognizes Three Recipients of the Hani Najm Global Award

Recipients will be honored during Convocation at ACC.23/WCC

Contact: Julie Boyland,,

NEW ORLEANS (Mar 04, 2023) -

The American College of Cardiology will honor three early career cardiologists with the Hani Najm Global Award during Convocation at ACC's Annual Scientific Session Together With the World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.23/WCC).

First introduced at the Saudi Heart Association Annual Conference in 2020, the Hani Najm Global Award was a key part of ACC’s 2020 Campaign for the Future and encourages the sharing of knowledge between international cardiology professionals to combat the negative effects of cardiovascular disease across the globe. The program focuses on early career cardiologists in the Middle East and North Africa and offers an opportunity to elevate their training through its Observership Program, where awardees shadow practicing cardiologists at a U.S. hospital. The goal of the program is to enhance their clinical knowledge and foster collaboration and the sharing of ideas between international clinicians and U.S. medical professionals. This year’s winners are:

  • Nayef Abdullah Al-Assiri ,MBBS, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Nafisa Omar Elsammani, MBBS, Khartoum, Sudan
  • Nauman Ali, MBBS, FACC, Bahawalpur, Pakistan

Hani K. Najm, MD, MSc, FACC, is a member of the board of trustees of the ACC and is the past chair of the ACC’s Assembly of International Governors. Najm is the chair of pediatric and adult congenital heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

“International clinicians often seek out opportunities to train in the United States, the Observership Program allows participants to witness world class cardiac centers first-hand, attend patient rounds and exchange best practices with other cardiologists. I feel honored to sponsor this award, as the exchange of knowledge is vital in combatting the devastating effects of cardiovascular disease,” Najm said.

The 2023 awardees will be recognized during ACC.23/WCC, along with the 2022 Hani Najm Global Awardee, Fatima Qurratulain, MD.

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.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/#WCCardio 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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