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:


2020 Paul Ridker, MD, MPH
2019 Daniel Levy, MD
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:

2020 Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM
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.

2020 Winner of the Honorary Fellow of the ASPC Award:


Nanette K. Wenger, MD, MACC, MACP, FAHA, FASPC
Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)
Emory University School of Medicine
Consultant, Emory Heart and  Vascular Center
Founding Consultant, Emory Women’s Heart Center
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Wenger is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine. She is a Consultant to the Emory Heart and Vascular Center, and Founding Consultant, Emory Women’s Heart Center.

Coronary heart disease in women is one of Dr. Wenger’s major clinical and research interests. She chaired the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Conference on Cardiovascular Health and Disease in Women. Dr. Wenger has expertise in cardiac rehabilitation. She chaired the World Health Organization Expert Committee on Rehabilitation after Cardiovascular Disease, and co-chaired the Guideline Panel on Cardiac Rehabilitation for the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. Dr. Wenger has had a longstanding interest in geriatric cardiology, is a Past President of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology and was Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology for more than 15 years.

Dr. Wenger received the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award from Hunter College (1993), and the Physician of the Year Award of the American Heart Association (1998). In 1999, Dr. Wenger received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Scientific Councils of the American Heart Association and its Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award. She was chosen by Atlanta Women in Law and Medicine for the Shining Star Award recognizing her distinguished career in cardiology and women’s health issues.

In 2000, Dr Wenger was presented the James D. Bruce Memorial Award of the American College of Physicians for distinguished contributions in preventive medicine (2000). In 2002 she received the Distinguished Fellow Award of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology. In 2003, she was included in the National Library of Medicine Exhibition Changing the Face of Medicine: A History of American Women Physicians. Dr. Wenger received the Gold Heart Award, the highest award of the American Heart Association (2004).

At the Emory University 2004 Commencement, Dr. Wenger received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award of the University and the Evangeline Papageorge Alumni Teaching Award of the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Wenger was selected to deliver the 2004 Laennec Lecture of the American Heart Association. In 2006, Dr. Wenger received the Hatter Award, international recognition for the advancement of cardiovascular science. The Georgia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology presented Dr. Wenger its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. She was selected Georgia Woman of the Year for 2010. In 2011, Dr. Wenger was selected to deliver the James B. Herrick lecture by the American Heart Association for her outstanding achievement in clinical cardiology. She was elected a member of Emory’s 175 Historymakers during Emory’s first 175 years.

In 2012, Dr. Wenger received the Charles R. Hatcher, Jr., MD, Award for Excellence in Public Health from Emory University; and was honored in 2013 by the establishment of the J. Willis Hurst, R. Bruce Logue, and Nanette K. Wenger Cardiovascular Society for Emory Cardiology Trainee Alumni. In 2013, she received the Inaugural Distinguished Mentor Award of the American College of Cardiology and the Arnall Patz Lifetime Achievement Award of the Emory University School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association. The American Society of Preventive Cardiology honored Dr. Wenger by naming an annual Nanette K. Wenger Distinguished Lecture focusing on cardiovascular prevention in women (2014).
In 2015, she was awarded the Inaugural Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women’s CV Disease Award, American College of Cardiology. Dr. Wenger received the Spirit of the Heart Legacy Award in 2017 from the Association of Black Cardiologists, and was an invited lecturer for the 70th Anniversary NHLBI program in Bethesda, MD in 2018. In 2019 she received the Outstanding Alumna Award from the Emory Alumni Association.

Dr. Wenger has participated as an author of several American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Clinical Practice Guidelines. She is past Chair, Board of Directors, Society for Women’s Health Research. Dr. Wenger serves on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals and is a sought after lecturer for issues related to heart disease in women, heart disease in the elderly, cardiac rehabilitation, coronary prevention, and contemporary cardiac care. She is listed in Best Doctors in America.

Dr. Wenger has authored or coauthored over 1600 scientific and review articles and book chapters.


Previous Winner of the Honorary Fellow of the ASPC Award

2019 Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD


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."

2020 Nanette Wenger Award Winner


Professor and Endowed Chair
Director, Dalio Institute of Cardiovascular Imaging
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, NY

Leslee J. Shaw, PhD, FACC, MASNC, FAHA, FSCCT is a leading cardiovascular outcomes researcher whose major focus is clinical diagnosis and imaging of ischemic heart disease. Before joining the faculty at Weil Cornell Medical College, she directed the Emory University Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute and was the R. Bruce Logue Professor of Medicine. Dr. Shaw has published more than 750 publications and presented more than 400 abstracts in major scientific meetings in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. She has been ranked for more than a decade as one of the top 1% of clinical researchers with the most highly cited publications (awarded by Thomson Reuters). Based on her scientific contributions, in 2009, Dr. Shaw was recognized with the Simon Dack Award for academic excellence from the American College of Cardiology and, in 2013, the Coalition to Reduce Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Award for her research contributions in racial and ethnic differences in cardiovascular disease. In 2013, she received the Women’s Day Red Dress Award for her scientific contributions to women’s health. While at Emory, she was appointed as a member of the MilliPub Club (awarded for a publication that is cited ≥1,000 times) and received the Albert E. Levy Scientific Research Award, the University’s highest research award, in 2014. In 2015, Dr. Shaw received Emory University School of Medicine’s highest award – the Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award. In 2017, she presented the Mario Verani Lecture at the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. In 2018, she was awarded the Gold Medal from the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.

She has served as an Associated Editor for several journals and now serves as Executive Editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging, with the highest rated impact factor for imaging journals (2018 Impact Factor: 10.98). She is also an editorial consultant for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation. Dr. Shaw is a Past-President of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the Society for Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. The only individual having served as president of two medical societies within cardiovascular medicine.


Previous Winners of the Nanette Wenger Lectureship

2019 Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA
2018 Lori Mosca
2016 Roxana Mehran
2015 Mary McGowan