February is Heart Month and at this month’s 2013 American Heart Association Heart Ball, our own Dr. Douglas Mann will receive the association’s Hugh D. McCulloch award for a career dedicated to building heart-healthy lives.
Dr. Mann is the hospital’s cardiologist-in-chief and the director of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Heart & Vascular Center. Since he arrived at the hospital three years ago, he and his colleagues have been aggressively researching new treatments and medications for heart disease.
The Heart & Vascular Center research team has been involved in breakthrough research in aortic valve disease, the role of genetics in sudden cardiac death and the creation of a heart tissue biobank. It’s work like this that leads to new discoveries and better treatments for patients with heart disease. “We’re on the cusp of major discoveries,” says Dr. Mann.
But the work Dr. Mann most enjoys is what he does when he’s not in the research lab. “My patients are the most important part of the work I do,” says Mann. In fact, in 2012 Dr. Mann received the hospital’s President’s Achievement Award for excellence in patient care.
In addition to his work as a physician and researcher, Dr. Mann is the editor of Heart Failure, A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease, 2nd edition, and co-editor of Braunwald’s Heart Disease, 9th edition, the leading textbook used in teaching cardiovascular medicine.
The American Heart Association chose Dr. Mann as the recipient of its 2013 Hugh D. McCulloch award because he symbolizes the integrity and values of the organization. He was nominated by a colleague at St. Louis University Hospital, Dr. Michael Lim. Dr. Lim says, “Doug has never missed an opportunity for promotion of any endeavor that may lead to increased awareness or improved cardiovascular health within the St. Louis community.”
Dr. Mann will receive his award on Saturday night, February 16, at the Heart Ball, held at the Ritz Carlton-St. Louis.
Category: Heart & Vascular