American Heart Association council honors Oregon cardiologist for discoveries of enhanced diagnostic imaging methods for patients

November 09, 2015 Categories: Scientific Conferences & Meetings

ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 9 – The American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology presented its highest honor, the James B. Herrick Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cardiology, to Sanjiv Kaul, M.D., of the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, “in grateful recognition of his highly significant discoveries expanding the field of cardiovascular diagnostic imaging and greatly enhancing the care of patients with heart and blood vessel disease.”

Kaul received the award during the council’s annual Business and Awards Dinner at Orlando’s Rosen Center Hotel, on Saturday, Nov. 7, as the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2015 opened in the Orlando Convention Center. Clinical Cardiology Council Chair Ileana Pina, M.D., presented the award, a medallion and citation. Kaul also delivered the Herrick Lecture.

“In pioneering research in the areas of contrast echocardiography and nuclear cardiology, Dr. Kaul redefined key aspects of coronary physiology and pathophysiology,” Pina said. “Almost single-handedly, he has elevated an entire field from basic concepts to practical utilization.”

Kaul introduced molecular imaging techniques to better detect the size of a heart attack as well as the extent of coronary artery narrowing and inflammation in arterial plaques – “all invaluable tools widely used for patient evaluation,” Pina said.

Early in his career, Kaul became a driving force in the development of myocardial contrast echocardiography, or MCE, which has revolutionized experimental and clinical approaches to coronary pathophysiology, the council chair said.

A native of Kashmir, India, Kaul is the Ernest C. Swigert Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine, Professor of Medicine and Radiology, Chief Executive Officer of the Knight Cardiovascular Institute and Associate Dean of the School of Medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University.

“Sanjiv Kaul has successfully integrated clinical cardiology with physiology to significantly elevate understanding of the workings of the heart and apply this new information to more enlightened management of patients,” Pina said.


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