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Prestigious Award Named in Honor of Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, During American College of Cardiology Scientific Session

Mount Sinai Heart leader will be recognized for his exceptional achievements at the 71st annual conference

  • New York, NY
  • (April 04, 2022)

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The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is establishing a new award in honor of Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-In-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital. 

The first “Valentin Fuster Award for Innovation in Science” will be announced at ACC’s 71st Annual Scientific Session in Washington on Monday, April 4. It will go to Dr. Fuster to honor his significant contributions to cardiovascular medicine as a champion of scientific research and an innovator in the delivery of science through novel mechanisms, and his international voice on the importance of embracing scientific inquiry to improve the care of cardiovascular patients and promote life-long heart health. 

The award will be given to a single physician annually for the next 15 years. 

“I am grateful to have this award established in my honor. I am proud to begin this legacy and hope this motivates others to have a significant impact in the field of cardiovascular medicine,” says Dr. Fuster. “I look forward to meeting future honorees and learning about their contributions to combating heart disease and promoting health.”

Dr. Fuster is currently the Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), which ranks among the top cardiovascular journals in the world for its scientific impact. He 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, where he served as chair of the Committee on Preventing the Global Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease, and was a Council member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Dr. Fuster was also President of the Training Program of the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Fuster’s research is unparalleled in areas relating to the causes, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular disease globally, and spans the full range from hardcore basic science and molecular biology through clinical studies and large-scale multinational trials to population health and global medicine. He has 35 worldwide honorary degrees and is the most highly cited Spanish research scientist of all time, according to Google Scholar. 

In addition to Dr. Fuster, four other top cardiovascular physicians from Mount Sinai Heart will receive prestigious honors at the ACC Scientific Session.

George Dangas, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Director of Cardiovascular Innovation at the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, will be awarded the 2022 Master of the ACC Award by the American College of Cardiology. This recognizes and honors his consistent contributions to the goals and programs of the ACC and his leadership in important College activities. Recipients of this award must be members of the College for at least 15 years and have served with distinction and provided leadership on various College programs and committees.

Robert Rosenson, MD, Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Director of Cardiometabolic Disorders at Icahn Mount Sinai, and Gilbert Tang, MD, MSc, MBA, Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at Icahn Mount Sinai, are receiving the 2022 Simon Dack Award for Outstanding Scholarship for their exceptional contributions to JACC for their peer reviews. The Simon Dack Award is named for the founding editor of JACC and recognizes outstanding peer reviewers who assist the journal in its mission of publishing important new clinical information. Dr. Rosenson and Dr. Tang are among five physicians to earn this distinguished honor for 2022. Criteria includes reviewing more than 11 papers a year and being on time with their reviews 100 percent of the time. This is the sixth time Dr. Rosenson will receive this award, and the second time for Dr. Tang.

William Whang, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Icahn Mount Sinai, has been named an Elite Reviewer for the Simon Dack Award for Outstanding Scholarship for contributing high-quality critiques to the journal. Criteria include reviewing more than nine papers a year and reviewing on time 85 percent of the time. Dr. Whang is among 10 physicians to receive this honor for 2022.  This will be Dr. Whang’s second time receiving the Elite Reviewer award.  He is also a two-time past recipient of the Simon Dack award.

All physicians will receive their awards during a convocation ceremony on April 4.

Mount Sinai Heart is one of the nation’s top 6 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery

Mount Sinai Heart is among the top 6 in the nation for cardiology and cardiac surgery according U.S. News & World Report.  Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Specialized Hospitals” ranks Mount Sinai Heart as No. 1 in New York and No. 4 globally.

It is part of Mount Sinai Health System, which is New York City's largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. We advance medicine and health through unrivaled education and translational research and discovery to deliver care that is the safest, highest-quality, most accessible and equitable, and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 free-standing joint-venture centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked in U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the top 20 U.S. hospitals and among the top in the nation by specialty: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Urology, and Rehabilitation.

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Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area, with 48,000 employees working across eight hospitals, more than 400 outpatient practices, more than 600 research and clinical labs, a school of nursing, and a leading school of medicine and graduate education. Mount Sinai advances health for all people, everywhere, by taking on the most complex health care challenges of our time—discovering and applying new scientific learning and knowledge; developing safer, more effective treatments; educating the next generation of medical leaders and innovators; and supporting local communities by delivering high-quality care to all who need it.

Through the integration of its hospitals, labs, and schools, Mount Sinai offers comprehensive health care solutions from birth through geriatrics, leveraging innovative approaches such as artificial intelligence and informatics while keeping patients’ medical and emotional needs at the center of all treatment. The Health System includes approximately 9,000 primary and specialty care physicians and 11 free-standing joint-venture centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida. Hospitals within the System are consistently ranked by Newsweek’s® “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals, Best in State Hospitals, World Best Hospitals and Best Specialty Hospitals” and by U.S. News & World Report's® “Best Hospitals” and “Best Children’s Hospitals.” The Mount Sinai Hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report® “Best Hospitals” Honor Roll for 2023-2024.

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