The American Heart Association (AHA) has awarded world-renowned cardiologist Dr. Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, its prominent American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Ron Haddock International Impact Award.
Dr. Fuster serves as Physician-in-Chief, Director of the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health at Mount Sinai, and the Richard Gorlin, MD/Heart Research Foundation Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Dr. Fuster accepted the AHA/ASA Ron Haddock International Impact Award on June 26 at the AHA 2013 June Awards Luncheon held in Dallas, Texas. The honor recognizes Dr. Fuster's important and dedicated service to the American Heart Association, his extraordinary contributions to the organization's global efforts, and his strong leadership in its development of its international programs in the prevention and fight against heart disease.
With his expertise and experience Dr. Fuster has worked for more than three decades to create substantial and enduring bonds with scientists and health organizations around the world. His efforts have allowed AHA to address disparities that exist in cardiovascular disease risk factors, awareness, life expectancy, and resources to treat these diseases in countries across the globe.
"It is with great pleasure that we award the prestigious Ron W. Haddock AHA/ASA International Impact Award to Dr. Fuster for his global impact and leadership in the AHA's work to promote heart health and free the world of heart disease," says Mariell Jessup, MD, the 2013-14 President of the American Heart Association. "We thank Dr. Fuster for his colossal efforts and tireless, steadfast dedication in significantly advancing research discoveries and clinical care for cardiovascular diseases internationally."
"It's a true honor to receive this international AHA award recognizing the great progress the AHA and I working together have been able to accomplish in the battle against heart disease, a truly global problem," says Dr. Fuster. "Each and every day, we continue the fight to make an even greater impact for patients in the United States and throughout the world."
The award is named in honor of Ron Haddock, the 2012-2013 chairman of the American Heart Association. Last year, Haddock and his wife Sandi made a generous $1 million gift allowing the Association to establish the Ron Haddock American Heart Association/American Stroke Association International Impact Award to recognize an individual or group for its outstanding contributions to the organization's global efforts.
Dr. Fuster is internationally recognized as one of the world's most acclaimed cardiologists in clinical care, research, and education. Most recently, the AHA presented Dr. Fuster with its 2012 Research Achievement Award for his significant and enduring contributions to a broad spectrum of cardiovascular medicine, achievements that have accelerated progress toward conquering disease and enriching the human condition worldwide.
As a past President of the AHA and the World Heart Federation, Dr. Fuster holds numerous distinctions including honorary doctorates from 30 universities across the globe. As the Chair of the Committee on Preventing the Global Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease for the Institute of Medicine (IOM), he is a prominent advocate for cardiovascular health.