Cardiologist Valentí Fuster works as the General Director of the CNIC in Madrid, is also Medical Director and Director of the Cardiovascular Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and Chairman of the SHE Foundation (Science for Health and Education).
Among the innumerable positions he has held, we can name those of President of the American Heart Association; President of the World Heart Federation; member of the Medical Institute of the US National Academies; member of the Advisory Council of the American National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; and President of the Fellowship Training Directors Programme of the American College of Cardiology.
After graduating in Medicine from the University of Barcelona, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD continued his studies in the United States. He has been Professor in Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases at the Mayo Medical School in Minnesota and at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and from 1991 to 1994 he was Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. In 1994, he was appointed director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, a position he holds today along together with that of vice president of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine
As a scientist, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees by twenty-nine prestigious universities and has received three of the most important grant awards from the NIH (National Institutes of Health). He is the author of two of the most renowned books on the subject of clinical and research cardiology (“The Heart” and “Atherothrombosis and Coronary Artery Disease”) and has been named editor-in-chief of the prestigious journal Nature Reviews in Cardiology.
Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD’s contributions in cardiovascular medicine have had an enormous impact in the improvement of treatment of patients with coronary illnesses. His research into the origin of cardiovascular accidents, which has contributed to improved prevention and treatment of heart attacks, awarded him the 1996 Prince of Asturias Award for Research.
In recognition for his work, it is worth stressing that Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD is the only cardiologist to have received the highest research accolades of all four main international cardiology organisations – the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology, and the Interamerican Society of Cardiology.
In 2008, Dr. Fuster received the Kurt Polzer prize from the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 2009 he received the prestigious international Arrigo Recordati prize for his contribution to advances in the area of cardiovascular imaging. In June 2011 he was awarded the Grand Prix Scientifique of the Institute de France, considered the most important award in cardiology, for his translational research into atherothrombotic disease. Other recognitions of his work include the Gold Heart Award, the Lewis A. Conner Memorial and the James B. Eric Achievement Award from the American Heart Association, the Distinguised Service Award and the Distinguished Teacher Award from the American College of Cardiology, the Gold Medals of the American and European Cardiology Socieites, and the highest award for Medicine from Erasmus University (Rotterdam). In 2012 Dr. Fuster was named by the American College of Cardiology as one of the Living Legends in Cardiovascular Medicine. Most recently, in November 2012, Dr. Fuster received the highest honor given by the American Heart Association, the 2012 Research Achievement Award.
Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, alongside his dedication to science, is strongly involved with his social responsibility as a communicator. As a result, he has published six books over the last three years that have been warmly received by the general public and have reached top selling places. Finally, as a result of this vocation and the clear social need to promote healthy habits, he has created the SHE Foundation (Science, Health and Education) with the aim of improving total health in the population, especially young people.