Mr. Valentín Fuster
The cardiologist Valentin Fuster currently combines his duties as General Director of the National Center for Cardiovascular Research Carlos III ( CNIC ) in Madrid, Director of the Cardiovascular Institute and ” Physician-in-Chief” of the Mount Sinai Medical Center of New York.
Among the countless positions he has held, he has been of President of the American Heart Association, President of the World Heart Federation, member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences American (where he chairs the committee for the prevention of the epidemic overall cardiovascular disease), member of the Advisory Board of the American Institute “National Heart , Lung and Blood Institute” and Chairman of the Training Program of the American College of Cardiology.
Doctor of Medicine by the Universidad de Barcelona, he moved to the United States where he continued his studies. He was professor of medicine and cardiovascular disease in the Mayo Medical School of Minnesota, School of Medicine Mount Sinai Hospital of New York and from 1991-1994 he was Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, when he was appointed director Cardiovascular Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital of New York, a position that since 2012 combines with the Physician-in-Chief of the Hospital .
As a scientist, Dr. Fuster is Doctor Honoris Causa from more than thirty leading universities and he has received three major grants from the NIH (National Institutes of Health). He has published over 900 scientific papers in international medical journals, and two of the most prestigious books dedicated to clinical cardiology and research: The Heart and atherothrombosis and Coronary Artery Disease.
He has also been appointed Chief Editor of the prestigious journal Nature Reviews in Cardiology. The contributions to cardiovascular medicine made by Dr. Fuster have had a huge impact on improving the treatment of patients with heart disease. His research in 1996 on the origin of stroke, which helped to improve the prevention and treatment of heart attacks, was awarded with the Prince of Asturias Award for Research.
Dr. Fuster is the only cardiologist who has received the highest awards of the four main research international organizations of Cardiology: American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology and the American Society of Cardiology.
In 2008, Dr. Fuster received the Kurt Polzer award of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 2009 he received the prestigious Arrigo Recordati International Prize for his scientific advances in the field of cardiovascular imaging. In June 2011 he was awarded with the Grand Prix of France Scientific Institute, considered the most important of Cardiology, for his translational research atherothrombotic disease.
Furthermore, in recognition of his work he has received, the Gold Heart Award, Lewis A. Conner Memorial and James B. Eric Achievement Award from the American Heart Association, the Distinguised Service Award and the Distinguished Teacher Award of the American College of Cardiology, the Gold Medal of the American and European Societies of Cardiology, and the highest award of Medicine of the Erasmus University. In 2012 , the American College of Cardiology elected Dr. Fuster as one of the two American Living Legends of Cardiology (“Living Legends In Cardiovascular Medicine”). He was also awarded with the 2012 Research Achievement Award, the highest honor from the American Heart Association. In 2013 he received the Ron Haddock International Impact Award from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, in recognition to his global leadership.
Dr. Fuster, along with his dedication to science, has been deeply involved with social responsibility as a popularizer. He has published six books in the past three years that have had a large public acceptance reaching the top sales.
Finally, as a result of this vocation and the obvious social need for promoting healthy habits, he has recently created the SHE Foundation (Science, Health and Education) who runs with the aim of achieving better health in the population, with special emphasis in youth.