The Association of Black Cardio­logists, Inc. (ABC) recently awarded world-renowned researcher Dr George Mensah with the 2006 Dr Daniel D. Savage Science Award. The award was presented during the ABC’s President’s Awards Gala held in Atlanta, Georgia. The Dr Daniel D. Savage Science Award is the Association’s most prestigious award and is intended to honor scientific achievement in cardiovascular disease research.
Appropriately enough, Dr Mensah’s first published research abstract on left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) appeared in 1990 with Dr Savage serving as coauthor. In the intervening years, Dr Mensah has achieved an international reputation in cardiovascular research, publishing more than 300 original manuscripts, review papers, book chapters, and abstracts—with more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters on LVH alone. Dr Mensah was an author on 19 MEDLINE-listed papers published in 2005, and 2 of his publications on cardiovascular disparities last year were included in the American Heart Association’s “Top 10 Research Advances of 2005.”
Dr Mensah is the Distinguished Scientist, Heart Disease and Stroke Pre­vention, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he also serves as the Chief Medical Officer and Associate Director of Medical Affairs at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
“I am extremely honored to be presented with the Dr Daniel Savage Science Award,” says Dr George Mensah. “I am grateful for the many men­tors I have had over the years. My research mentor at Cornell University, Dr Richard Deborah, introduced me to Dr Savage some 16 years ago. Dr Savage’s deep interest in left ventricular hypertrophy, his vision and his commitment to population science research served as a constant inspiration to me.”
In addition to the recognition given during the ABC’s President’s Awards Gala, the Association presented several other awards during its Annual Gen­eral Membership Awards Banquet. These awards are listed in the following Table.
Member of the Year
Presented to the ABC member
who has shown exemplary dedication
to the Association and its programs.
Judith Mitchell, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Heart Failure Center at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn.
Cardiologists-In-Training Hero Award Presented on behalf of the ABC’s Cardiologists-In-Training to a senior ABC member who has demonstrated commitment and loyalty to mentoring cardiology fellows.
Clyde Yancy, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
and Cardiology; Medical Director of Heart Failure/ Transplantation; University of Texas Southwestern; Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School; Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs; St. Paul University Hospital, Dallas, TX
Diversity in Cardiology Award
Recognizes institutions for their ongoing commitment to the promotion of diversity and cultural enrichment.
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
Practice of the Year
Awarded for excellence in clinical medicine, community outreach, and clinical research.
Capitol City Cardiology, Columbus, OH