The American College of Cardiology (ACC) Distinguished Awards

The ACC offers Distinguished Awards to recognize outstanding individuals making contributions to the cardiovascular profession. Awardees are recognized for their accomplishments at the Annual Convocation Ceremony; learn more about the previous winners and how they made an impact in cardiology.

Nominations are now open for ACC's 2023 Distinguished Awards.

Submit your nomination by September 30, 2022. Learn how to submit.

ACC Awards Criteria

Nominators are required to provide letters of support outlining the candidate's qualifications, especially highlighting the bulleted criteria for the each of the awards below:

  Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women's CV Disease Award (FACC)
  Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women's CV Disease Award (FACC)
  • Has demonstrated and continues to demonstrate leadership in the field of cardiovascular disease in women
  • Has had and continues to have significant accomplishments in research, teaching, practice and/or service related to cardiovascular disease in women
  Distinguished Cardiovascular Team Member Award (*Non-physician ACC member, e.g., Cardiovascular Team OR Associate of the ACC OR non-physician FACC)
  Distinguished Cardiovascular Team Member Award (*Non-physician ACC member, e.g., Cardiovascular Team OR Associate of the ACC OR non-physician FACC)
  • Has made and continues to make outstanding contributions to College initiatives and the field of cardiovascular medicine
  • Encourages and nurtures the ACC's team approach to team based cardiovascular care
  Distinguished Fellow Award (FACC; former College presidents are not eligible)
  Distinguished Fellow Award (FACC; former College presidents are not eligible)
  • Demonstrates exemplary service to the College
  • Serves as a role model for others through their ACC service activities
  Distinguished Mentor Award (FACC)
  Distinguished Mentor Award (FACC)
  • Throughout a lengthy career, demonstrates a dedication to mentoring physicians and/or other members of the cardiac care team
  • Mentors across a spectrum of professional activities
  • Palpably shapes the careers of current and future leaders in cardiovascular medicine
  Distinguished Scientist Award (3 Awards, 1 in each domain; FACC)
  Distinguished Scientist Award (3 Awards, 1 in each domain; FACC)
  • Basic Science
    • Has made and continues to make major and unique contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge in the field of Basic Science
    • Has achieved specific research accomplishments
    • Has contributed innovations, patents, and scientific impact on the field of cardiovascular disease
  • Clinical Science
    • Has made and continues to make major and unique contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge in the field of Clinical Science
    • Has achieved specific research accomplishments
    • Has contributed innovations and makes a scientific impact on cardiovascular clinical practice and patient outcomes
  • Translational Science
    • Has made and continues to make major and unique contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge in the field of Translational Science
    • Has achieved specific research accomplishments
    • Has contributed innovations and makes a scientific impact of translating basic science to the cardiovascular clinic and bedside practice
  Distinguished Service Award (*Physicians, scientists, or laypersons are eligible; former College presidents are not eligible)
  Distinguished Service Award (*Physicians, scientists, or laypersons are eligible; former College presidents are not eligible)
  • Has, and continues to demonstrate excellence and commitment via individual effort
  • Exhibits evidence of profound contributions to cardiovascular medicine and/or the delivery of health care
  Distinguished Teacher Award (FACC)
  Distinguished Teacher Award (FACC)
  • Has made and continues to make major contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine at the national and/or international level
  • Offers innovative and outstanding teaching
  • Embodies compassion and excellence toward those influenced by their teaching (e.g., fellows, peers, the public)
  Gifted Educator Award (FACC)
  Gifted Educator Award (FACC)
  • Has made and continues to make major contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine at the local and/or regional level
  • Offers innovative and outstanding teaching
  • Embodies compassion and excellence toward those influenced by their teaching (e.g., fellows, peers, the public)
  Honorary Fellowship Award (*not an ACC member and who would not otherwise have routinely had an opportunity to pursue Fellowship in the College)
  Honorary Fellowship Award (*not an ACC member and who would not otherwise have routinely had an opportunity to pursue Fellowship in the College)
  • Represents a distinguished physician or scientist whose professional performance warrants recognition by the College
  • Has made and continues to make unique contributions to the field cardiovascular medicine or science
  • Exhibits leadership and/or service to the College or within the field of cardiovascular medicine
  • Leaves an impact on peers, learners, or patients
  International Service Award (FACC)
  International Service Award (FACC)
  • This award recognizes service and is not tied to leadership in the international cardiovascular community.
  • Has made and continues to make unique and outstanding service contributions to cardiovascular medicine and science that have significantly enhanced cardiovascular care throughout the world
  • Has left a significant impact on peers, learners, patients, and community due to their service
  Lifetime Achievement Award (*former College presidents are not eligible)
  Lifetime Achievement Award (*former College presidents are not eligible)
  • Demonstrates a lifetime of outstanding achievements in the field of cardiovascular medicine
  • Embodies lifelong excellence and acted as a role model in service, basic or clinical research, and teaching
  • Has made and continues to make unique contributions and accomplishments
  • Leaves an impact on peers, learners and/or patients
  Pamela S. Douglas Distinguished Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion (ACC member)
  Pamela S. Douglas Distinguished Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion (ACC member)
  • During a lengthy career has been recognized as a champion of an inclusive workforce
  • Has, and continues to serve as a leader in creating an inclusive environment
  • Represents a national voice on the importance of engaging diverse perspectives and backgrounds in the cardiovascular field

Awards Committee Process

The Awards Committee receives nominations and reports its approved recommendations for award recipients to the Board of Trustees in the fall.

Members of the Awards Committee for 2022-2023 are:

Sharonne N. Hayes, MD, FACC, Chair
Karima Addetia, MD, FACC
Richard A. Chazal, MD, MACC
Jennifer H. Mieres, MD, FACC
Aniruddha Singh, MD, FACC
Nishtha Sodhi, MD, FACC

Members of the Awards Committee may not nominate or provide support letters for candidates. For questions regarding the ACC Distinguished Awards Program, please contact Rebekah Noyes at awards@acc.org.

How to Nominate

A nominating letter addressed to the Awards Committee, accompanied by a letter seconding the nomination and the nominee's curriculum vitae and any additional supplementary support letters, must be received by the Business Operations Department of the ACC by September 30, 2022 in order to be considered by the Awards Committee at its meeting this fall. You cannot self-nominate.

The entire nomination packet, including letters and curriculum vitae, may be sent by e-mail (preferable) to awards@acc.org or by mail to:

Rebekah Noyes
Attn: ACC Awards Committee
American College of Cardiology
2400 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

With the exception of the Distinguished Mentor award*, nominations must be accompanied by 2 required and up to 3 additional letters of support, as described below:

  • 1 nominating letter (required)
  • 1 letter seconding the nomination (required)
  • Up to 3 letters of support
  • Letters should not exceed 750 words.
  • All letters must come from ACC members.
  • All letters must be on letterhead.

*For the Distinguished Mentor category, all nominations must be accompanied by 2 required and up to 5 additional letters of support as described below:

  • 1 nominating letter (required)
  • 1 letter seconding the nomination (required)
  • Up to 5 letters of support, ideally from mentees of the nominee
  • Letters should not exceed 750 words.
  • All letters must come from ACC members.
  • All letters must be on letterhead.

Supporting letters should provide specific examples of the candidate's contributions, activities and/or attributes which qualify them for the award as outlined in the specific awards criteria.