Fellowship – Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB)

Fellowship provides a mean to recognize and award Premium Professional members for excellence, innovative and sustained contributions in the areas of scholarship, practice and/or education; and volunteer service and/or leadership within the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), or for international members, volunteer service and/or leadership in similar societies/organizations in their country/state.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for AHA Fellowship the candidate must meet each of the following requirements at the time of application:

  1. Must be an AHA/ASA  member at the Premium Professional or Premium Professional Plus level.
  2. Membership must be affiliated with the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB).
  3. Membership dues must be up-to-date.
  4. Must have been a member of the AHA/ASA at any membership level for at least 2-years; the 2-year period need not be consecutive. 

Please note:  If your membership has been inactive for 5 or more years you are now considered a new member; you must remain a member for at least 2 years from the date you rejoined the AHA/ASA to become eligible to apply for FAHA. 


The honorary title of FAHA conferred by the ATVB Council is reserved for scientists and clinical professionals who diagnose and manage patients with arteriosclerosis or thrombotic disease. 

The candidate must be able to show evidence of scientific, clinical, and/or educational contributions by meeting the applicable criteria described below:

  1. Contributions to the Field:  a) Scientists must be making meritorious contributions to the fields of arteriosclerosis, thrombosis or vascular biology, and b) must have made significant contributions to the scientific literature as evidenced by at least four (4) published articles in cardiovascular related peer reviewed journals.
  2. Clinical Training and Experience:  Clinical Professionals must be able to show documented evidence of training and experience in a relevant clinical specialty.
  3. Volunteer Service and Leadership:  Candidate must be able to demonstrate significant current and/or past volunteer involvement and service to the AHA/ASA.  Volunteer service to the AHA/ASA can be demonstrated through leadership and/or involvement in national, council, affiliate and/or local activities. Examples of volunteer service include but is not limited to:
    • Committee Participation:  Active participation as a chairperson or member of committees, boards, and/or task forces at the local, affiliate, council and/or national level(s).
    • Development and Fundraising:  Active participation in organizing events or teams for AHA fundraising activities (Heart Walk, Jump Rope for Heart, Heart Galas, Hoops for Heart, Heart Run, etc.)
    • Advocacy Efforts:  Active participation in advocacy grassroots efforts, including You're the Cure, leading policy adoption or change, informing legislators about AHA and cardiovascular health issues at local, state and national levels. 
    • Educational Programs for Professionals and Lay People:  Active participation in grading abstracts, writing groups, Go Red for Women, Get With the Guidelines, and participation in speakers' bureaus.
    • Peer Review:  Active participation in the peer review process for AHA/ASA journals and research grants.
    • International candidates must be able to show evidence of significant and current and/or past volunteer service in similar organizations and societies in their respective countries or through other avenues of community involvement as long as these are well documented and perceived as equivalent to those in the United States. 

Please note:  AHA membership and attending, moderating sessions and presenting at the Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine Scientific Sessions (Formerly ATVB|PVD Scientific Sessions), AHA Scientific Session, or other AHA sponsored conference is not considered volunteer service.

Required Supporting Documents

The following documents are required and must be uploaded to the application.

Please note:

  • The application cannot be successfully submitted until the required documents are uploaded.
  • Please do not upload dummy documents: Uploading dummy documents in order to successfully submit your application will result in your application being disqualified during the validation process.
  • Grace Period: Corrections, revisions and/or changes can be made to draft applications (applications started but not completed before the deadline) and submitted applications up to 24-hours after the deadline.   New applications cannot be started or submitted during the grace period.

Please upload the following required documents to your application; please note that all supporting documents, excluding the photograph, must be in PDF format:

  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae with complete bibliography;
  • A letter of recommendation from your proposer. The letter must clearly articulate how the candidate meets each of the criteria, be written on business letterhead, and be signed by the proposer - electronic signature is acceptable.
  • Clinical Professionals must also attach documentation of training and experience in a relevant clinical specialty.
  • Head and shoulder photograph. The photo must be in jpeg format. Please note that the photograph may be used to recognize newly elected fellows in Connections, AHA journals, award ceremonies, and Professional Heart Daily web site.

Application Submission and Deadlines

The ATVB Council considers applications for AHA Fellowship during the spring and fall of each year. Applications must be submitted through the Council Awards/FAHA Application System. The submission deadlines are:

  • Spring Review Cycle:  January 10, 11 p.m. Central Time
  • Fall Review Cycle:   July 10, 11 p.m. Central Time

How to Apply

Please follow the procedures below to apply for AHA Fellowship:

  • Find a proposer:  Any active AHA/ASA Fellow  (an active Fellow is one whose dues and print journal subscription [where applicable] are up-to-date, including Emeritus Fellow) is eligible to propose candidates for FAHA.
  • The proposer should be well acquainted with the candidate's professional activities and AHA/ASA volunteer involvement.
  • Use your Professional Heart Daily username and password to log on to the online Council Awards/FAHA Application System
  • Complete all sections of the application in order to avoid delays:
    • Required fields are noted with a red asterisk (*).  Information must be provided in all required fields in order to successfully submit the application. Please do not enter dummy information into the required fields. Entering dummy information in order to submit your application  will result in your application being disqualified during the validation process, at which time it is too late to make changes or corrections.
    • Attach all required documents. Please do not upload dummy documents; uploading dummy documents in order to successfully submit your application will result in your application being disqualified during the validation process, at which time it is too late to make changes or corrections. Applications that do not include the required information and documents cannot be successfully submitted through the online system. 

Locate a Proposer

Locate AHA/ASA Fellows by name or council in the online Membership Directory. To access the AHA online membership directory:

  1. Log into professional.heart.org with an active login
  2. Chose Membership Directory from the left-hand navigation on your dashboard page
  3. Click on the ‘Advanced Search’ link
  4. On the Member Type field, click the arrow to drop down the selection list
  5. Select the Fellow category you are searching for to populate the field
  6. Click the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of the page

Review and Election Process

Fellowship applications are peer reviewed by the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee will make a recommendation to approve or defer the application based on how well the eligibility requirements and criteria are met. A slate containing the names of candidates that meet the eligibility requirements and criteria is presented to the Leadership Committee for election at its bi-annual meetings. Applicants will be advised of the status of their application via email in late March (spring review cycle) and late September (fall review cycle).

Recognition and Acknowledgement

Newly elected Fellows will be acknowledged by the Council's Leadership and presented a FAHA certificate to commemorate this career achievement at the Council’s Annual Dinner held during the ATVB Annual Conference (spring election) and the Annual Business Meeting/Awards Luncheon held during the AHA Scientific Sessions (fall election). Newly elected Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend these events.

FAHA Benefits

In addition to Premium Professional member benefits FAHAs receive:

  • Recognition by peers for contributions that support the AHA's mission.
  • Entitlement to use the designation FAHA.
  • An 8 x 11 certificate suitable for framing to commemorate this achievement.
  • Early registration to attend the AHA Scientific Sessions, Annual ATVB/PVD Conference and other AHA Council sponsored meetings.
  • Access to the FAHA lounge at Scientific Sessions.
  • Eligibility to nominate candidates for FAHA.

Annual Membership Dues/FAHA Maintenance

AHA Fellows elected through the ATVB Council are required to maintain membership at the Premium Professional or Premium Professional Plus level. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the suspension of active Fellowship status.

Beginning in 2016, ATVB FAHAs are no longer required to take the print subscription to the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology journal for FAHA status.


Contact the AHA Fellowship Desk:

Email: Professional.Membership@Heart.org
Phone: (214) 706-1306
Scientific Sessions 2018

Nov. 10–12, 2018
Chicago, Illinois


May 10–12, 2018
San Francisco, Calif.

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