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Tulane: Professor Receives Highest Honor for Extraordinary Contributions to Cardiovascular Research

Tulane epidemiology professor Dr. Paul Whelton received the American Heart Association (AHA) Distinguished Scientist Award during the AHA National Meeting on November 17th in Philadelphia. 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 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. This award is the most prestigious recognition for a researcher in cardiovascular disease.

“The award is rarely offered to scientists from the areas of clinical trials and population science, Dr. Whelton’s focus areas,” said Dr. Daniel Jones, past president of the American Heart Association and former dean of medicine and chancellor of the University of Mississippi. “Dr. Whelton is the leading cardiovascular disease epidemiologist and clinical trialist of the last four decades. His scientific work and his policy leadership literally changed the definition of hypertension. A career hallmark was Dr. Whelton’s chairmanship of the 2017 American College of Cardiology-American Heart Association Blood Pressure Management Guidelines which changed the definition and goal blood pressure for hypertension. Implementation of these guidelines will offer Americans and people around the world opportunities for longer and healthier lives.”

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