Mount Sinai’s Dr. Valentin Fuster Honored by The New York Academy of Medicine

Academy honors Dr. Valentin Fuster for his career contributions to cardiovascular research and promoting the health of populations worldwide

 – June 27, 2016 /Press Release/  –– 

The New York Academy of Medicine is honoring Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital, with this year’s Urban Health Champion for his global leadership over the past four decades as a scientist, educator, and advocate in advancing the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease worldwide, at its Gala on June 14.

“I thank the New York Academy of Medicine for this recognition, all my colleagues who help me fulfill my dreams day-to-day, and especially I thank my family which is always number one,” says Dr. Fuster, who is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). “It is fantastic when you feel supported on a daily basis.”

“Dr. Fuster is a leader in the ongoing revolution in clinical and scientific research in cardiovascular disease, and this has led to his passion for prevention at the clinical and policy level worldwide,” says Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, President of The New York Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Fuster is a past president of both the American Heart Association and the World Heart Federation. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine, where he served as chair of the Committee on Preventing the Global Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease, and was a member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Dr. Fuster was also President of the Training Program of the American College of Cardiology.

In addition, 33 distinguished universities throughout the world have granted him honorary doctorate degrees. Dr. Fuster is an author of more than 900 research articles on the subjects of coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, and thrombosis, and he has published two leading books on clinical cardiology and research: The Heart and Atherothrombosis and Coronary Artery Disease.

The New York Academy of Medicine will honor Dr. Fuster at its 22nd Anniversary Gala, Healthy Cities, Better Lives, on June 14, 2016 at the Mandarin Oriental New York. The Gala will celebrate the Academy's progress in building healthier cities and to pay tribute to individuals and organizations that have made major contributions to urban health and health care.

The Academy established the Urban Health Champion Award in 2010 to acknowledge annually an individual who exemplifies its mission and commitment to advancing solutions that promote the health and well-being of people in cities. Through health-based initiatives and efforts to create healthy and vibrant communities, an Urban Health Champion is a leader who is addressing great challenges to health. Past Urban Health Champions include Earvin Magic Johnson, Marcel Van Ooyen of GrowNYC, Ray E. Lopez of Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service, and Paul Steely White of Transportation Alternatives.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals in Geriatrics, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, and Gastroenterology, and is in the top 25 in five other specialties in the 2015-2016 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital also is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel is ranked regionally.

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About The New York Academy of Medicine:
The New York Academy of Medicine advances solutions that promote the health and well-being of people in cities worldwide.

Established in 1847, The New York Academy of Medicine continues to address the health challenges facing New York City and the world¹s rapidly growing urban populations. We accomplish this through our Institute for Urban Health, home of interdisciplinary research, evaluation, policy and program initiatives; our world class historical medical library and its public programming in history, the humanities, and the arts; and our Fellows program, a network of more than 2,000 experts elected by their peers from across the professions affecting health. Our current priorities are healthy aging, disease prevention, and eliminating health disparities. For more information, visit