The Eliot Corday, MD International Prize in Heart Research


In 1961, Eliot Corday, MD, became the senior attending physician at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles-and went on to change the history of cardiology.

A visionary scientist, clinician, educator, and advocate, Dr. Corday set the stage for today's treatment and understanding of heart disease. He helped to pioneer invasive cardiology and collaborated on research that led to modern stress testing and nuclear cardiology. His interests in sudden cardiac death and ischemic ("silent") heart disease contributed to the development of coronary intensive care units.

As chief of cardiology at Cedars of Lebanon, one of the two hospitals that merged to create Cedars-Sinai, he built a stellar medical staff, including such innovators as Jeremy Swan, MD, and William Ganz, MD, establishing a foundation for the accomplished cardiology division at Cedars-Sinai.

Dr. Corday's leadership has had a profound global impact. He was an early champion of increased federal funding for medical research and the sharing of American cardiovascular expertise worldwide. He served as president of the American College of Cardiology and national consultant in cardiology to the Surgeon General of the Air Force, and he headed the United States Information Agency's Medical Science Advisory Committee.

His achievements have touched the lives of several generations. They continue to do so through the Smidt Heart Institute's Eliot Corday, MD, International Prize in Heart Research.

Dr. Corday addresses colleagues at the American
College of Cardiology.

The Corday Prize

The prize honors a physician or scientist who has conducted groundbreaking research leading to fundamental changes in the practice of cardiology or cardiac surgery. Promoting the exchange of knowledge was one of Eliot Corday's lifelong goals. The recipient will be awarded $20,000 and will deliver a lecture as the Corday Visiting Professor at the Smidt Heart Institute.

Dr. Corday's lasting contributions to cardiac medicine- and the growth of Cedars-Sinai's world-renowned cardiac program -serve as inspiration and blueprint for our future. In his own world view, Eliot Corday presaged the integrative vision behind the Smidt Heart Institute: to bring together outstanding physicians, surgeons and scientists in unified program designed to fight heart disease.