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CHICAGO, Nov. 12 – The American Heart Association (AHA) presented its Chairman’s Award for 2018 saluting excellence in volunteer service to Mary Ann Bauman, M.D., of Seattle, Washington, “for contributions to this Association that are remarkable in their breadth and depth.”  

Bauman received the award on Sunday, November 11, during opening ceremonies at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2018, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians at McCormick Place convention center in Chicago. Some 50,000 scientists, physicians and other health professionals are attending the three-day meeting.

Jim Postl of Houston, chairman of AHA’s national Board of Directors, presented the award. In making the presentation, Postl praised Bauman “as one of our organization’s most indefatigable and eloquently effective champions. She has been an exceptional steward of AHA science, guiding it from inception to dissemination and ensuring that it resonates with diverse audiences for maximum effect.”

Bauman’s numerous “invaluable contributions” include chairing the AHA’s National Communications and Marketing Committee, serving as a member of the National Board of Directors, and “countless committees and task forces,” Postl said. “Just one fine example is her leadership of Go Red for Women, in which she has been a central figure since its inception in 2004. With Dr. Bauman’s skillful help, this program has greatly impacted effectiveness of AHA’s mission to heighten awareness among women of the threat to their health from cardiovascular disease.”

“The AHA often asks Dr. Bauman to be a member of so many national projects, committees and task forces because of her deep organizational knowledge and her great skill in bringing concepts to life,” the board chairman said. “But her effectiveness goes far beyond just attending meetings and providing input. Indeed, she carries the banner for initiatives she is a part of and maintains constant focus on these projects.” 

Bauman, a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, has served on the faculties of Wayne State, the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. She has been medical director of the Women’s Health of Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City and served as medical director of women’s health at INTEGRIS Health. She now resides in Seattle, where she continues active involvement in AHA activities.

“Decades of dedicated service by Dr. Mary Ann Bauman exquisitely exemplify the spirit of this prestigious award, which was created to recognize volunteers who have significantly advanced American Heart Association strategic goals,” said Postl.         

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