• Press Release

Annapoorna Kini, MD, Awarded Ellis Island Medal of Honor

  • New York, NY
  • (May 18, 2017)

Annapoorna Kini, MD, Zena and Michael A Wiener Professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory of Mount Sinai Heart at Mount Sinai Hospitalwas awarded the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor presented on May 13 on Ellis Island. The medal is considered one of the nation’s most prestigious awards and the highest civilian award in US.

The Ellis Island Medal of Honor is an award founded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) which pays homage to the immigrant experience and the contribution made to America by immigrants and their children. The medals are awarded to native-born and naturalized U.S. citizens.

A native of India, Dr. Kini is internationally acclaimed for her expertise in performing complex coronary interventions especially in chronic total occlusion for patients with advanced coronary artery disease. She is among the first interventional cardiologists to use transcutaneous aortic valve implantation to treat patients with aortic stenosis. Dr. Kini performs more than 1,000 coronary interventions annually, the highest number by a female interventionist in the United States.  She is the recipient of 2011 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine at The Mount Sinai Health System.

Dr. Kini is dedicated to teaching cardiology to medical students and interventional fellows. In 2012, Mount Sinai interventional fellows created “The Annapoorna S. Kini Fellows’ Choice Award” for excellence in teaching, which she won that year. She is the Director of the Annual Live Symposium of Complex Coronary & Vascular Cases at Mount Sinai Health System, one of the most highly attended and respected interventional cardiology meetings in the country. She serves as the director of a monthly live web cast featuring complex coronary interventions that educate thousands of physicians in more than132 countries. Dr. Kini has been published in more than 100 peer reviewed scientific publications, and has authored book chapters in major cardiology textbooks. She has been the principal or co-investigator in numerous randomized clinical trials on intra-coronary imaging. Dr. Kini is the recipient of the “Rock Star of Science” award from the American Heart Association. She is member of the Royal College of Physician of London and Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

“I am proud to accept the Ellis Island Medal of Honor,” said Kini. “The United States is a nation built on diversity and has long welcomed immigrants. These values are shared by the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine, which welcomes students, fellows, and doctors from all over the world.  I am honored to stand amongst this year’s Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients.”

“Through Dr. Kini’s leadership with Dr. Samin Sharma, the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory of Mount Sinai Heart offers patients unparalleled excellence and safety in interventional cardiology care, “said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System. “We congratulate her on this honor.”

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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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