• Press Release

Mount Sinai Leading Cardiologist Receives Spain’s Highest Health Honor

  • New York, NY
  • (December 22, 2015)

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital, was honored by the Government of Spain with the highest health distinction awarded in Spain. The award, “The Cross of the Civil Order of Health,” was proposed by the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, approved by the Council of Ministries, and presented at a formal ceremony, chaired by the Vice President of Government, at Spain’s Ministry of Health on December 10, 2015.    

Dr. Fuster, who was born in Spain, is one of the world’s leading cardiologists, well known for his work in the area of biomedical research and prevention and in addressing cardiovascular disease. He has devoted his professional life to cardiology, to develop and achieve advances in the treatment and rehabilitation of conditions such as those affecting the coronary artery (including atherosclerosis and thrombosis), as well as promoting the importance of healthy lifestyle habits for prevention and overall health.

Dr. Fuster has been awarded an honorary doctorate by 33 universities. Among his many achievements, it is noteworthy that Dr. Fuster has received the highest awards for research from the four leading cardiovascular organizations: the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology and the Interamerican Society of Cardiology.  He is Director of Mount Sinai Heart, ranked No. 7 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2015 “Best Hospitals” issue. In addition, Dr. Fuster has published more than 900 scientific articles and has served as chair of the American Heart Association, the World Heart Federation and the Training Program of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Fuster is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), the world’s leading peer-reviewed journal on cardiovascular disease.

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The System includes approximately 7,100 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 in the "Honor Roll" of best hospitals in America, ranked No. 15 nationally in the 2016-2017 "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report. The Mount Sinai Hospital is also ranked as one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Geriatrics, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Ear, Nose & Throat, and is in the top 50 in four other specialties. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 10 nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report in "Best Children's Hospitals."

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