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PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 17, 2019 — The American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives, today presented its Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award to Harvard neurologist Louis R. Caplan, M.D., FAHA.

Louis R. Caplan, M.D., FAHA, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a senior neurologist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, received the award at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 in Philadelphia. The Association’s Scientific Sessions is an annual, premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians.

“Dr. Caplan has trained an entire generation of outstanding new leaders in the field of stroke neurology,” said Robert A. Harrington, M.D., FAHA, president of the American Heart Association. “His exceptional passion and decades-long commitment to training promising young academicians deserves the highest recognition.”

Colin P. Derdeyn, M.D., immediate past chair of the American Heart Association’s Stroke Council, called Dr. Caplan a “giant” in clinical stroke neurology.

“He has trained an army of leaders in the field,” Derdeyn said. “There may be no other living physician in our field with such a legacy. His trainees have all been outstanding clinicians, reflecting Lou’s core strength as a clinician-educator. In addition, many have gone on to major leadership roles in clinical trials, academic institutions and national societies, including the American Heart Association.”

During his career, Dr. Caplan mentored 78 cerebrovascular fellows, 30 of them outside the United States.

He is “highly regarded by colleagues and former students for his personal and professional ethics,” Derdeyn said. “He is also known for his deeply held belief in the importance of personalized care for stroke patients, an approach he encouraged among his mentees.”

Dr. Caplan joined Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 1998, after chairing neurology departments at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard University; Michael Reese Hospital, University of Chicago; and New England Medical Center, Tufts University.

He has published 50 books and over 700 monographs, studies and reviews in the fields of neurology and stroke.

Dr. Caplan has also held more than 50 named lectureships, participated on more than 30 editorial boards and served in leadership roles on the American Heart Association’s Stroke Council, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association, the Association of University Professors of Neurology, Boston and Chicago neurological societies, Harvard University and numerous other organizations and institutions in medicine.

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The American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions is a premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians. Scientific Sessions 2019 is November 16-18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. More than 12,000 leading physicians, scientists, cardiologists and allied health care professionals from around the world convene at the Scientific Sessions to participate in basic, clinical and population science presentations, discussions and curricula that can shape the future of cardiovascular science and medicine, including prevention and quality improvement. During the three-day meeting, attendees receive exclusive access to over 4,100 original research presentations and can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME), Continuing Education (CE) or Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits for educational sessions. Engage in the Scientific Sessions conversation on social media via #AHA19.

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