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Heart Institute CEO receives int'l service award from American College of Cardiology

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) CEO Professor Ernest Madu recently accepted the American College of Cardiology (ACC) International Service Award for 2017 at the convocation of the college's 66th Annual Scientific Session in Washington, DC, reportedly becoming the first black recipient as well as the first and only cardiologist from the Caribbean to achieve this honour.

ACC Distinguished Awards are given annually to the brightest minds in cardiovascular medicine, and represent the pinnacle of achievement in cardiovascular medicine as adjudged by an international panel of cardiologists.

Winners of the International Service Award are noted to possess innate leadership qualities and have acted in the capacity of an exemplary role model within the field of cardiology, on a global scale.

President of the ACC, Dr Richard Chazal, declared that Professor Madu has made “great contributions to the college and to the international cardiovascular community”, and that his selection to receive the award is due to his “continuous dedication to international causes”.

According to a release from HIC, Madu has been at the forefront of transforming cardiovascular care globally and in the region, and has saved or improved thousands of lives. Madu has given away more than US$1.5 million yearly by underwriting or subsidising the cost of care, amounting to more than US$16 million over the past 11 years, through HIC.

The 'Free Angiogram Programme', launched in April 2015, has likewise provided more than 90 free angiograms, equivalent to over US$620,000, to people in dire need of life-saving cardiac services within Jamaica.

Established in 1949, the ACC is a 52,000-member non-profit medical society dedicated to enhancing the lives of cardiovascular patients through education, research, and quality care, and health policy. It is the leading, recognised body of cardiologists in the world.

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