AHA: Antman wins councils highest honor

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CHICAGO—The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Council on Clinical Cardiology presented its highest honor, the James B. Herrick Award, to Elliott M. Antman, MD, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and senior cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, “in recognition of his praiseworthy accomplishments on multiple levels that have profoundly elevated the practice of cardiovascular medicine,” during the association's annual scientific sessions this week.

Cardiology Council Chairman N.A. Mark Estes III, MD, presented the award (a medallion and citation), which is named for James B. Herrick, the author of the first clinical description of coronary disease.

“Antman is an internationally acclaimed academic cardiologist, an empathetic clinician and brilliant educator whose extraordinary abilities have benefited many thousands of patients, students and peers during a highly productive 30-year career,” Estes said. “With his unique combination of hands-on experience and up-to-the minute involvement in research, he has become a recognized authority on the intricacies of acute coronary care.”

Antman has directed clinical trials that established new benchmarks for treatment including studies of new drugs to treat ischemic heart disease and atrial fibrillation. He also led the development of practice guidelines to include current clinical findings, and the creation of risk scores for evaluating critically ill patients.

A graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, Antman was the director of the Samuel A. Levine cardiac unit at Brigham for 30 years. He joined Harvard’s medical faculty in 1980 and became professor of medicine in 2003.