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American Heart Association Honors Hopkins Cardiologist

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American Heart Association Honors Hopkins Cardiologist

The American Heart Association (AHA) has honored Johns Hopkins cardiologist and chief of medicine Myron L. Weisfeldt, M.D., with its James B. Herrick Award for outstanding achievement in clinical cardiology.  The award was scheduled to be presented to Weisfeldt at an annual dinner ceremony this evening during the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2004 in New Orleans, La.

The Herrick Award, consisting of a medallion and citation, is among the most prestigious AHA awards, given to one physician each year for achievements that have contributed to the practice of cardiology.  Weisfeldt is the second Hopkins cardiologist to be honored with the Herrick Award: Richard S. Ross, M.D., dean emeritus of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and former chair of cardiology, was the recipient in 1982.

“The Herrick Award is important because it is named for the physician who discovered the link between diseases of the coronary arteries and heart attack. Dr. Weisfeldt has carried on in that tradition with important work in the physiology of cardiac resuscitation,” says Ross.

Among his many accomplishments, Weisfeldt led efforts to make more widely available automated external cardiac defibrillators.  His discoveries have been incorporated to the AHA’s guidelines for CPR and advanced cardiac life support.  He is also acknowledged for his mentoring and training of many leaders of American cardiology and medicine.

Weisfeldt, a past president of the American Heart Association (1989-1990), is the William Osler Professor of Medicine and director of the Department of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as physician in chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

For nearly two decades, Weisfeldt was director of the cardiology division at Johns Hopkins.  As director, Weisfeldt conducted research on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and survival from sudden cardiac death, the treatment and management of acute myocardial infarction and acute ischemic syndromes, and age-associated changes in cardiovascular function and response to stress.  During much of this time, he was also director of the Johns Hopkins Specialized Center of Research in Ischemic Heart Disease.

Weisfeldt previously received the Gold Heart Award and the Award of Merit by the American Heart Association.

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