(Waltham, MA) – Boston University President Emeritus and University Professor Aram Chobanian, M.D. has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award, given each year to a member of the Society who has made a lasting contribution to the practice of medicine over a lifetime and who has made significant contributions to the goals of the Society. The award will be presented at the Society’s annual meeting May 8 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.
A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Chobanian has a long and distinguished medical career dedicated to research on hypertension and vascular disease, patient care, and student education. He became a faculty member at the Boston University School of Medicine in 1962 and subsequently served as Head of the Division of Medicine’s Hypertension and Atherosclerosis Section and as Vice-Chairman for Cardiovascular Affairs in the Department of Medicine.
He founded the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute at the School of Medicine in 1973 and played a leading role in the creation of Boston Medical Center, resulting from the merger of Boston City Hospital and BU Medical Center Hospital. From 1975-95, he also served as Director of the Hypertension Specialized Center of Research funded by the National Institutes of Health. He has authored more than 275 scientific articles and two books.
Dr. Chobanian became Dean of the BU School of Medicine in 1988 and Provost of the BU Medical Campus in 1996. In 2003, he was appointed President ad interim of Boston University and in 2005 was named President. He is the John I. Sandson Distinguished Professor of Health Science and Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the BU School of Medicine.
A member of the Massachusetts Medical Society since 1961, Dr. Chobanian is currently Chair of the organization’s Committee on Publications and a member of its Committee on Administration and Management. He has also served on the Editorial Board of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Chobanian is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient of many awards, including an honorary doctoral degree from Boston University, the first Lifetime Achievement Award in Hypertension and the Award of Merit from the American Heart Association, and the Freis Award of the National High Blood Pressure Education Program. He chaired the Seventh Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the Cardiorenal Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration.
A native of Rhode Island, Dr. Chobanian resides in Natick.
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