Mount Sinai Doctor Receives The Prestigious Grand Prix Scientifique Award

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart, given the award by the Institut de France

New York, NY
 – June 6, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, has been awarded the 2011 Grand Prix Scientifique by the Institut de France. Dr. Fuster was chosen based on the recommendation of the Scientific Council of the Board of Directors of the Lefoulon-Delalande Foundation. The prize will be awarded under the presidency of the Chancellor of the Institut de France and the President of the French Academy of Sciences, on Wednesday, June 8. With a 500,000 euro, or just over $720,000, endowment, the Grand Prix Lefoulon-Delalande is considered the world’s most prestigious Grand Prix in the domain of cardiovascular research.

Dr. Fuster is Director of Mount Sinai Heart, the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health. (Link http://www.mountsinai.org/patient-care/service-areas/heart) He is the Richard Gorlin, MD/Heart Research Foundation Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Fuster is also the General Director of the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid, Spain.

The 2011 Grand Prix Scientifique is being awarded to Dr. Fuster based on seven main discoveries in the field of atherothrombosis or blockage of the arteries. Atherothrombosis is a degenerative process brought about by a number of factors including arterial hypertension, diabetes and smoking, which leads to arterial stiffness. Triggered by the formation of a blood clot in an artery, arterial thrombosis often occurs following the rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque (known as atherothrombosis).

"I feel very proud for what this award represents to my outstanding research colleagues over the years from the Mayo Clinic, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and the National Center of Cardiovascular Research in Madrid,"said Dr. Fuster. "It is a tremendous honor and I share it with all of them."

Dr. Fuster has served as past President of the American Heart Association and past President of the World Heart Federation. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences where he serves as Chair of the committee on Preventing the Global Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease, a former member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Advisory Council, and former Chairman of the Fellowship Training Directors Program of the American College of Cardiology. Twenty-six distinguished universities throughout the world have granted him honorary doctorate degrees.

Dr. Fuster is the only cardiologist to receive the two highest gold medal awards and all four major research awards from the four major cardiovascular organizations: The Distinguished Researcher Award (Interamerican Society of Cardiology, 2005 and 2009), Andreas Gruntzig Scientific Award and Gold Medal Award (European Society of Cardiology, 1992 and 2007 respectively), Gold Medal Award and Distinguished Scientist (American Heart Association, 2001 and 2003 respectively), and the Distinguished Scientist Award (American College of Cardiology, 1993).

After receiving his medical degree from Barcelona University and completing an internship at Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, Dr. Fuster spent several years at the Mayo Clinic, first as a resident and later as Professor of Medicine and Consultant in Cardiology. In 1981, he came to Mount Sinai School of Medicine as head of Cardiology. From 1991 to 1994, he was Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He returned to Mount Sinai in 1994 as Director of the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and most recently, he has been named the Director of the Mount Sinai Heart.

Each year the Lefoulon-Delalande Foundation bestows a Grand Prix award to a personality in the world of science who has made a significant scientific contribution to physiology, biology or cardiovascular medicine.

Click here to watch video of Dr. Fuster from the "Institut de France." 

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