Distinguished Scientists

The Distinguished Scientist designation honors American Heart Association professional members who have made extraordinary contributions to cardiovascular and stroke research.

The American Heart Association's Distinguished Scientists are a prominent group of scientists and clinicians whose work has importantly advanced our understanding of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. This award was created over 10 years ago to recognize AHA/ASA members for significant, original and sustained scientific contributions that have advanced the association's mission "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." Recipients of this prestigious award are honored during the Presidential Session at AHA Scientific Sessions.

2018 AHA Distinguished Scientists Awardees

Lawrence J. Appel, MD, MPH, FAHALawrence J. Appel, MD, MPH, FAHA
C David Molina, MD MPH Professor of Medicine and
Director, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Md.
Kathleen L. Grady, PhD, RN, FAHAKathleen L. Grady, PhD, RN, FAHA
Professor of Surgery and Medicine, Fienberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Administrative Director, Center for Heart Failure,
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, Ill.
Robert A. Levine, MD, FAHARobert A. Levine, MD, FAHA
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Attending Physician, Division of Cardiology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Mass.
Aldons J. Lusis, PhD, FAHAAldons J. Lusis, PhD, FAHA
Professor, Departments of Medicine,
Microbiology and Human Genetics
University of California
Los Angeles, Calif.
John Spertus, MD, MPH, FAHAJohn Spertus, MD, MPH, FAHA
Lauer/Missouri Endowed Chair and Professor
UMKC and Clinical Director of Outcomes Research
Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute
Kansas City, Mo.
Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD, FAHAJoseph C. Wu, MD, PhD, FAHA
Director, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute
Simon H. Stertzer, MD, Professor of Medicine & Radiology
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, Calif.