University of Kentucky epidemiologist, Harvard scientist, Dallas philanthropist receive American Heart Association’s top volunteer honor

June 26, 2017 Categories: Program News

DALLAS, June 26, 2017 – The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease, presented its 2017 Gold Heart Award to Lexington, Kentucky physician Donna Arnett, Ph.D., MSPH, FAHA; Boston, Massachusetts physician Joseph Loscalzo, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA; and Dallas, Texas executive Ronald Haddock. The award is the highest honor the Association gives in recognition of continued distinguished service. The awards were presented at the association's 2017 Gold Heart banquet in Dallas on June 20.

Arnett, dean and professor of epidemiology at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health in Lexington, was recognized for outstanding contributions supporting Association initiatives for cardiovascular disease prevention, health equity and workplace health. A volunteer since 1990, Arnett served as the association’s president in 2012-13 and is a past chairperson of the organization’s Research Committee, Science Advisory & Coordinating Committee and Scientific Publishing Committee.

Loscalzo is Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chairman of the department of medicine and physician-in-chief at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. From 2004 to 2016, he was editor-in-chief of the Association’s flagship journal, Circulation, driving substantial increases in the publication’s impact factor. He is a past recipient of the organization’s Research Achievement Award (2006) and Distinguished Scientist Award (2004), and in 2011 he delivered the prestigious Lewis A. Conner Memorial Lecture at the Association’s Scientific Sessions on “Personalized Cardiovascular Medicine and Drug Development.”

Haddock, executive chairman of AEI Services, LLC and a board member at Alon USA and Petron Corporation in Dallas, was the Association’s chairman in 2012-13 and secretary-treasurer in 2010-11. Haddock has led major fundraising growth for the Association in the Dallas area, and has been a leading champion of the organization’s initiatives focused on international health. In 2011, Haddock and wife Sandi donated $1 million to establish the Ron Haddock American Heart Association/American Stroke Association International Impact Award, presented annually for outstanding contributions to support the organization’s global initiatives.

“The American Heart Association is a volunteer driven organization. For nearly one hundred years, the tireless efforts of individual volunteers in communities all across our nation have helped the Association make extraordinary impact on our goal of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” said Alvin Royse, J.D., CPA, American Heart Association chairman 2016-2017. “We are proud to recognize these three volunteers for their decades of dedication to the organization and to saving lives.”

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