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5.20.2014

Dr. Ralph L. Sacco Receives Cor Vitae Stroke Award from American Heart Association

The American Heart Association has presented its prestigious Cor Vitae Stroke Award to Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Olemberg Chair of Neurology. Sacco received the award at the AHA’s 2014 Miami Heart & Stroke Ball, held May 17 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. UHealth was a Platinum Sponsor of the event.

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading killer of Americans, and Cor Vitae, or Heart of Life, is a partnership between the AHA and its most dedicated supporters. Recipients of the Cor Vitae Stroke Award — and the Cor Vitae Heart Award, which was presented at the same event — are selected for their contributions to patient care and public awareness.

Sacco was the AHA president from 2010-11, the first neurologist to hold the office. He is also the fourth Miller School faculty member in five years to receive the Cor Vitae Stroke Award.

“I am very honored to receive the Cor Vitae Stroke Award,” said Sacco. “Like all of my colleagues at the Miller School, I am dedicated to reducing stroke, and cardiovascular disease in general, through advances in research and clinical care, and through aggressive public awareness campaigns by organizations such as the American Heart Association.”

“This is a great recognition for Dr. Sacco and for the Miller School,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School and CEO of UHealth. “He has developed a national reputation for his work in fighting stroke and cardiovascular disease. The consistency with which our faculty members have won the Cor Vitae Stroke Award, as well as the Cor Vitae Heart Award, demonstrates our leadership in cardiovascular and stroke treatment and research.”

Prior Cor Vitae Stroke Award winners from the Miller School were Kathleen S. Schrank, M.D., professor and Chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine, 2012; Jose Romano, M.D., professor of clinical neurology and Chief of the Stroke Division, 2011; and Roberto C. Heros, M.D., professor and Co-Chair of Neurological Surgery, 2010.
Past Cor Vitae Heart Award recipients from the Miller School have included Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A., professor and Chief of the Cardiovascular Division, 2013; and former faculty member William O’Neill, M.D., 2012.

Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., professor of medicine and surgery and Associate Dean for International Medicine, received the Cor Vitae Award in 2009, the year before the heart and stroke categories were created. Robert Myerburg, M.D., professor of medicine and physiology, and the American Heart Association Chair in Cardiovascular Research, won the inaugural Cor Vitae Award in 2008.

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