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6.26.2012

New York City American Heart Association Names Dr. Ralph L. Sacco a “Champion of Heart and Stroke”

In recognition of his outstanding efforts supporting heart disease and stroke awareness and education, Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., Olemberg Professor and Chairman of Neurology, has been named one of 20 “Champions of Heart & Stroke” by the American Heart Association New York City chapter. The Champions of Heart & Stroke were announced at the New York City Heart Ball on June 19.

Sacco, the first neurologist to serve as president of the American Heart Association, was selected for the honor based on his “professional status, sphere of influence, and overall support of the organization and its life-saving mission.”

“Ralph Sacco has dedicated his distinguished career to the prevention of cerebral arterial disease and stroke,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dean of the Miller School and CEO of UHealth. “This honor is utmost deserved, and we are extremely proud to call Ralph a colleague and friend.”

The champions are AHA volunteers and board members who have led advocacy and education campaigns, raising funds for the AHA that support scientific research and enabling breakthroughs that have significantly impacted the trajectory of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

“I am humbled to be listed among these many great AHA champions for heart disease and stroke and have continued to be a champion for stroke treatment and prevention at the Miller School,” Sacco said.

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