Daniels, Lockwood, Sacco receive American Heart Association’s top volunteer award

June 25, 2015 Categories: Heart News, Program News

DALLAS, June 25, 2015 – The American Heart Association (AHA) presented its 2015 Gold Heart Award to Denver physician Stephen Daniels, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA; Baton Rouge executive Debra Lockwood; and Miami physician Ralph Sacco, M.D., M.S., FAHA. The award is the highest honor the association gives in recognition of continued, distinguished service. 

The awards were presented at the association's 2015 Gold Heart Banquet in Dallas on June 23.

Daniels, professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and pediatrician-in-chief and Butterfield Chair of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver, was recognized for outstanding contributions supporting AHA initiatives to address childhood obesity. A volunteer for more than 20 years, Daniels is the 2013-15 president of the AHA’s Southwest Affiliate and was a member of the organization’s national board of directors from 2008 to 2010.   

Lockwood, president and chief financial officer of Provident Resources Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was the association’s chairman in 2010-11 and secretary-treasurer in 2007-09. A volunteer since 1997, Lockwood has been a leading champion of the organization’s initiatives to increase volunteer engagement, and has also played a key role in fundraising, revenue generation and strategic planning. 

Sacco is professor and Olemberg Chair of Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He was AHA president in 2010-11, the first neurologist to serve in this role, and is the 2013-15 co-chairperson of the organization’s International Committee. His efforts have been fundamental to association’s efforts focused on stroke treatment, prevention and awareness, and also to their initiatives to help decrease the global impact of cardiovascular diseases.

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