Joseph Stokes Award

History of the Award:

Presented annually, the Stokes Award commemorates Joseph Stokes III, MD (1924–1989), the famed cardiologist and epidemiologist who contributed so much to the field as well as to the ASPC. The award is bestowed on individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime achievement in preventive cardiology.


Previous Winners of the Joseph Stokes Award:


2018 Neil Stone, MD
2017 Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM
2016 Aaron Folsom, MD
2015 Virgil Brown, MD
2014 Nanette Wenger, MD
2013 Sidney C. Smith Jr., MD
2012 Jeremiah Stamler, MD
2011 William B. Kannel, MD, MPH
2010 Ezra Amsterdam, MD
2009 Lewis Kuller, MD, PhD
2008 Robert Eckel, MD
2007 John Robin Crouse III, MD

2006 Darwin Labarthe, MD, MPH, PhD
2005 Stephen P. Fortmann, MD
2004 Curt Furberg, MD
2003 Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, MD
2002 Philip Greenland, MD
2001 Michael Criqui, MD, MPH
2000 Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH
1999 John W. Farquhar, MD & Russell V. Luepker, MD
1998 Gerald Berenson, MD
1997 Thomas A. Pearson, MD, PhD
1996 Elaine Stone, PhD, MPH

William B. Kannel Memorial Lectureship

Presented at the AHA Epi-Prevention and Lifestyle Meeting

History of the Lectureship:

One recent awardee of note for the Joseph Stokes Award was William B. Kannel, MD former director of the Framingham Heart Study. Dr. Kannel has been credited with popularizing the key risk-factor contributions of the Framingham Study, establishing the roles of cigarette smoking, cholesterol, and blood pressure as key risk factors for CVD. Current Framingham Heart Study director Daniel Levy, MD, recently said of Dr. Kannel’s contributions, “In 1961, with just two words, Bill helped to change our understanding of the underlying causes of heart disease and stroke, the entire field of preventive cardiology was born. Those two words were ‘risk factors.’ They represented a quantum leap in 20th-century medical thinking. No longer would heart disease be viewed as an inevitable condition that struck people in the prime of life without warning, but rather, there were risk factors underlying the disease, and identifying them would lead to new treatments to prevent the leading killer of men and women in our country.” Dr. Kannel was given the Stokes Award in March 2011, shortly after which he published the proceedings of his acceptance speech, “Sixty Years of Preventive Cardiology: A Framingham Perspective,” in the ASPC official journal Clinical Cardiology, just months before his death that summer. Dr. Kannel’s legacy has also been recognized by the ASPC by the joint creation in 2014 (by the ASPC and the AHA Council on Epidemiology and Prevention) of the annual William B. Kannel Memorial Lectureship in Preventive Cardiology.


Previous Winners of the Kannel Lectureship:

2019 Vasan Ramachandran, MD
2018 Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM
2017 Christopher J. O’Donnell, MD, MPH
2016 Peter W.F. Wilson, MD
2015 Daniel Levy, MD
2014 Jeremiah Stamler, MD

Honorary Fellow of the ASPC Award

History of the Fellow Award:

The American Society for Preventive Cardiology is committed to advancing comprehensive cardiovascular disease prevention and honors those who share in this commitment. Each year, we will identify one individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of preventive cardiology through groundbreaking research, exemplary clinical care, and/or excellence in education. The ASPC recognizes this individual for his/her extensive contributions with the designation honorary Fellow of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology (FASPC). We will bestow an honorary FASPC on a select few practitioners who are deemed by the Board of Directors of ASPC to distinguish themselves in all aspects of Preventive Cardiology. This award will be presented at the annual meetings that occur every July.

1st Inaugural Winner of the Honorary Fellow of the ASPC Award:


Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD
Mount Sinai Hospital
Mount Sinai Heart
New York, NY

Dr. Valentin Fuster Serves at The Mount Sinai Medical Hospital Physician-in-Chief, as well as the Director of Mount Sinai Heart Center. Dr. Fuster is the General Director of the National Center for Cardiovascular investigation or CNIC (equivalent to NHLBI) in Madrid, Spain.

The innumerable positions he has held include those of President of the American Heart Association, President of the World Heart Federation, member of the US National Academy of Medicine, where is chaired the Committee for the document on: Promotion of Cardiovascular Health Worldwide and presently Co-Chairs the Advisory Committee on “the role of the United States on Global Health” as advisor to the new President, Member of the European Horizon 2020 Scientific Panel of Health, Council member of the US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and President of the Training Program of the American College of Cardiology.
After qualifying in medicine at the University of Barcelona, Valentin Fuster continue his studies in the USA. He was Professor in Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases at the Mayo Medical School, Minnesota and in 1982 at the Medical School of Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. From 1991-1994, he was the Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 1994, he was named Director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Mount Sinai a post he has combined since 2012 with that of Physician-in-Chief of the hospital.

Dr. Fuster has been named Doctor Honoris Causa by 33 Universities. He has authored more than 1000 scientific articles (HI-145). He was named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Nature Reviews in Cardiology and recently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. His research in the origin of cardiovascular events, which has contributed to improved treatment of heart attack patients, was recognized in 1996 by the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research. In June 2011, he was awarded the Grand Prix Scientifique of the Institute of France for his transitional research into atherothrombotic disease.
Among his many achievements, it is noteworthy that Dr. Fuster is the only cardiologist to have received the highest awards for research from the three leadings cardiovascular organizations: the American Heart Association ( Gold Medal and Research Achievement Award), the American College of Cardiology (Living Legend an Life Achievement Award 2017), an the European Society of Cardiology (Gold Medal). In Addition, in May 2014, King Juan Carlos I of Span granted Dr. Fuster with the title Marquis for his “outstanding and increasing research efforts and his educational outreach work.”

Nanette Wenger Lectureship

History of the Nanette Wenger Lectureship:

When Nanette K. Wenger, MD, professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine began her career, heart disease was something doctors thought only affected men. Today, the American Society for Preventive Cardiology honors her significant contributions as a champion for women’s heart health with a lectureship in her name. “Dr. Wenger is an icon in many aspects of cardiology, but perhaps her greatest achievement involves her commitment to exposing the previously unrecognized toll cardiovascular disease takes on women,” says Seth J. Baum, MD, immediate past president of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology. “It is safe to say that without Dr. Wenger’s tireless efforts; women’s cardiovascular care would not have advanced to where it is today. We all owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude. There is no one who could better speak to the cause of women and heart health than Dr. Nanette K. Wenger."

2019 Nanette Wenger Award Winner


Martha Gulati, MD, FASPC
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Physician Executive Director
Banner-University Medicine Cardiovascular Institute
Phoenix, AZ

Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA is a Professor of Medicine and the chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona (Phoenix). She held the Sarah Ross Soter Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Health and was the Section Director for Women’s Cardiovascular Health and Preventive Cardiology at The Ohio State University until 2015. She is the author of the best-seller, “Saving Women’s Hearts”. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the American College of Cardiology “CardioSmart”, the patient education and empowerment initiative.

Her exceptional commitment to the study of women and cardiac diseases has won her numerous awards and distinctions, including being named by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of Chicago’s “Top 40 under 40,” a list that honors 40 outstanding individuals who have made a major impact in their respective industries before the age of 40. In 2011, she received the first CREDO (Coalition to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Cardiovascular Outcomes) Award from the American College of Cardiology that was given to honor her contributions to improve cardiovascular healthcare of women patients. In 2012, she was awarded the National Red Dress Award for her efforts in raising awareness of heart disease in women and advancing research in this field.

Dr. Gulati is passionate about the study of women and heart disease and prevention of heart disease. She is the principal investigator of the St. James Women Take Heart Project, a study examining cardiac risk factors in women, which set new standards for women’s fitness levels and heart rate response to exercise in women. She also is a co-investigator on the Women Ischemic Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) and previously served as a co-investigator on the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI).

She is a member of numerous advisory boards and societies, including the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Preventive Cardiology (ASPC). She serves on the board of the ASPC, thePhoenix chapter of the American Heart Association and the board of WomenHeart. She has published articles in peer-reviewed publications, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, and Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Her research has been featured in hundreds of newspapers across the world, including The New York Times and USA Today. She has also been featured on Oprah and been feature on CBS National News, The Today Show, Canada AM, in addition to many others. She recently was listed on the Marquis 2015 Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in American Women.

Dr. Gulati completed medical school at the University of Toronto, Canada. She went on to complete her internship, residency, and cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago. She received a Master in Science at the University of Chicago and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. She is board certified in cardiovascular disease.


Previous Winners of the Nanette Wenger Lectureship

2018 Lori Mosca
2016 Roxana Mehran
2015 Mary McGowan