California scientist-educator receives Heart Association award for “exceptional dedication and achievement” mentoring more than 500

November 09, 2015 Categories: Scientific Conferences & Meetings

ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 9 – The American Heart Association presented one of its highest honors, the Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award, to Michael H. Criqui, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of California, San Diego.

The association presented the award to Criqui “in recognition of his exceptional dedication and achievement as a mentor to more than 500 junior faculty members, fellows and other trainees while achieving success as a medical scientist, physician and educator.”  

Criqui received the award during opening ceremonies of the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2015 in Orlando’s convention center. Mark Creager, M.D., association president, made the presentation. More than 18,000 physicians, scientists and other medical professionals are attending the 75th Scientific Sessions of the AHA.

“During his noteworthy career spanning nearly four decades, Michael Criqui has made major contributions to the study of cardiovascular disease epidemiology and prevention, particularly in understanding potentially lethal factors involved in the development of clinical and sub-clinical cardiovascular disease,” Creager said as he presented the award, a citation and a $1,000 honorarium.

Criqui is Distinguished Professor and Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, and Distinguished Professor in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, at UCSD in La Jolla, California.   

“Successfully blending active and effective mentoring with a busy professional schedule, Dr. Criqui has provided welcome encouragement, direction and respect to the fortunate beneficiaries of his time and expertise – many of whom now hold highly responsible positions in medical practice, research and academe,” AHA’s president continued. “Dr. Criqui’s mentees invariably credit him with putting extraordinary effort into mentoring on their behalf, providing honest comments and constructive criticism of their work.”


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