Dr. Valentin Fuster Honored With Prince Mahidol Award in Medicine

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, has been named a winner of the 29th annual Prince Mahidol Award in the field of Medicine for his international leadership in promoting global cardiovascular health and his breakthrough contributions to cardiovascular medicine over the last four decades.

"Our more recent research is dedicated to understanding the scientific basis of cardiovascular health, including the heart and brain. This award serves as motivation to continue to work toward achieving global cardiovascular health, and I consider it as an honor to all the teams across the world who have helped with these projects," said Fuster, who also serves as director of Mount Sinai Heart and physician-in-chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and general director of the National Center for Cardiovascular Research in Madrid, Spain.

Fuster's contributions to cardiovascular medicine and the prevention and treatment of heart disease are unparalleled. He has been named Doctor Honoris Causa by 33 universities and has received three of the most important awards from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He is an author on more than 900 scientific articles in international medical journals, and has published two leading books on clinical cardiology and research. Among his many achievements, Fuster is the only cardiologist to have received the highest awards for research from the four leading international cardiology organizations: the ACC, the American Heart Association, the European Society of Cardiology, and the Interamerican Society of Cardiology.

Among his numerous leadership positions, Fuster has served as president of the American Heart Association, president of the World Heart Federation, member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (where he chairs the committee for the prevention of the global epidemic in heart disease), member of the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, serves as course director of ACC's annual New York Cardiovascular Symposium – taking place virtually Saturday, Dec. 12 – 13 – and is course director of ACC's annual How to Become a Cardiovascular Investigator course.

The Prince Mahidol Award Foundation gives out two awards every year for advancing the world's medical and public health services. Five of the past award winners have subsequently received the Nobel Prize.

Keywords: Leadership, Public Health, National Institutes of Health (U.S.), National Academy of Sciences, U.S., Cardiovascular Agents, Nobel Prize, Awards and Prizes

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