The American College of Cardiology (ACC) Distinguished Awards

The ACC offers Distinguished Awards to recognize outstanding individuals making contributions to the cardiovascular profession.

Eligibility

Each Distinguished Award recognizes the unique achievements from every individual. Find specific award criteria and nomination information below.

  Pamela S. Douglas Distinguished Award for Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion
  Pamela S. Douglas Distinguished Award for Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion

An ACC member who during his or her lengthy career has been recognized as a champion of an inclusive workforce, a leader in creating an inclusive environment and/or a national voice on the importance of engaging diverse perspectives and backgrounds in the cardiovascular field.

This is not intended to be an award for the advancement of health equity.

  Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women's Cardiovascular Disease Award
  Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women's Cardiovascular Disease Award

An FACC (male or female) who demonstrates leadership and accomplishment in the field of cardiovascular disease in women exemplified by research, teaching, practice or service.

  Lifetime Achievement Award
  Lifetime Achievement Award

An individual who has had a lifetime of outstanding achievements in the field of cardiovascular disease and has served as a role model through service, basic or clinical research and teaching. Former College presidents are not eligible for this award.

  Distinguished Fellowship Award
  Distinguished Fellowship Award

An FACC who is well recognized for service to the College and whose activities are considered to qualify this person as a role model for others. Former College presidents are not eligible for this award.

  Distinguished Scientist Award
  Distinguished Scientist Award

An FACC who has made major scientific contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge in the field of cardiovascular disease. Three awards will be given in this category. One award will be given in each of the three domains: Basic, Clinical and Translational.

  Distinguished Service Award
  Distinguished Service Award

A physician, scientist or layperson who, by individual effort, has made profound contributions to medicine and/or the delivery of health care. Former College presidents are not eligible for this award.

  Gifted Educator Award
  Gifted Educator Award

An FACC who has demonstrated innovative, outstanding teaching characteristics and compassionate qualities and because of these attributes has made major contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine at the local and/or regional level.

  Distinguished Teacher Award
  Distinguished Teacher Award

An FACC who has demonstrated innovative, outstanding teaching characteristics and compassionate qualities and because of these attributes has made major contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine at the national and/or international level.

  International Service Award
  International Service Award

An FACC who through his or her outstanding contributions to cardiovascular medicine and science has significantly enhanced cardiovascular care throughout the world. The award should recognize service and should not be tied to leadership in the international cardiovascular community.

  Distinguished Associate Award
  Distinguished Associate Award

A non-physician member (Cardiac Care Associate, Associate of the American College of Cardiology or non-physician Fellow of the American College of Cardiology) whose outstanding contributions to College initiatives and the field of cardiology have encouraged and nurtured the ACC's team approach to cardiovascular care.

  Distinguished Mentor Award*
  Distinguished Mentor Award*

An FACC who during his/her lengthy career, has demonstrated a dedication to mentoring physicians and/or other members of the cardiac care team across a spectrum of professional activities and consequently has palpably shaped the careers of current and future leaders in cardiovascular medicine.

*NOTE: This Award requires the following in its nomination packet:

  • At least five (5) supporting letters should be written by those have been actually mentored by the nominee and should explain how their career has been directly influenced and shaped by the nominee.
  • The remaining five (5) supporting letters can come from observers (dean, fellowship director, etc).
  • All letters must come from ACC members.
  Honorary Fellowship Award
  Honorary Fellowship Award

A distinguished physician or scientist who is not an ACC member and who would not otherwise have routinely had an opportunity to pursue Fellowship in the College, but whose professional performance warrants recognition by the College.

Evaluation

The Awards Committee will receive nominations and report its recommendations to the Board of Trustees in the fall. The committee may either approve or decline to approve a nomination. If a nomination is declined, it will not be forwarded to the Board of Trustees.

Members of the Awards Committee for 2021-2022 are:

Ralph G. Brindis, MD, MPH, MACC, Chair
Roberto Concepcion, MD, FACC
Victor A. Ferrari, MD, FACC
Sharonne Hayes, MD, FACC
Ramin Manshadi, MD, FACC
Ujjwal Rastogi, MD

For questions regarding the ACC Distinguished Awards Program, please contact Kristin Robertson 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, must be received by the Business Operations Department of the ACC by September 20, 2021. The nominating letter should summarize the curriculum vitae, highlighting those accomplishments that are relevant to the award 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:

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

Each nomination may be accompanied by up to 10 letters of support, as described below:

  • No more than three letters from former or current trainees,
  • No more than three letters from colleagues or associates who work in the same institution or practice in the same community,
  • No more than four letters from Fellows of the ACC (FACCs) who do not fit into either of the two categories previously mentioned above, and
  • All letters must come from ACC members.
  • All letters must be on letterhead.

Supporting letters should identify specific examples of contributions made by the candidate which qualify him or her for the award. All nominating materials must be received by September 20, 2021.