Boston University Medical Center Physician Honored by American Heart Association

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(Boston) – Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Medicine at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and director of the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), was recently named a recipient of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2004 Distinguished Scientist Award.

The prestigious award honors AHA and American Stroke Association (ASA) members who have made extraordinary contributions to cardiovascular and stroke research.

The mission of the AHA/ASA is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The membership is composed of 13 scientific councils with more than 30,000 volunteer members, including physicians, scientists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. In endorsing Loscalzo’s nomination for the award, the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences cited his numerous contributions as a physician, a scientist and as editor-in-chief of Circulation, the AHA’s premier scientific journal.

Wade Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at BUSM, Loscalzo is internationally recognized for his work on the vascular biology of nitric oxide, platelet function and atherothrombosis. He is immediate past chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the Cardiovascular Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine; and he is the current director of the NHLBI-sponsored Specialized Center of Research in Ischemic Heart Disease at Boston University Medical Center (BUMC).

Loscalzo earned his medical degree and doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. He trained in internal medicine and cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, after which he was appointed to the hospital staff and Harvard Medical School faculty. He joined the faculty of BUMC in 1994, first as chief of cardiology and, in 1997, as chair of medicine.

The author of more than 450 articles and 20 books, Loscalzo has received many awards, including the Clinician-Scientist Award of the AHA, the Research Career Development Award of the National Institutes of Health, and the BUMC Educator of the Year Award in Clinical Medicine.