Kimchi, MD, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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Asher Kimchi, MD, co-medical director of the Preventive and Consultative Heart Center of Excellence at the Smidt Heart Institute (center), (center) receives the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award in Cardiovascular Science, Medicine and Surgery from the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS). The award was presented by Chandrasekharan Kartha, MD, IACS executive council member, and Naranjan S. Dhalla, MD, PhD, IACS executive director.

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Kimchi addresses members of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences.

Internationally-acclaimed cardiologist Asher Kimchi, MD, co-medical director of the Preventive and Consultative Heart Center of Excellence at the Smidt Heart Institute and professor of Medicine, received the prestigious 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award in Cardiovascular Science, Medicine and Surgery from the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS).

The award, which was presented during the IACS’ recent international conference in Bangalore, India, recognized Kimchi’s longstanding leadership in heart-disease education and treatment initiatives.

In accepting the award, Kimchi said, "I am humbled by and deeply appreciative of this honor, particularly since this audience is filled with highly accomplished cardiologists, surgeons, scientists, cardiovascular academics and other outstanding healthcare professionals."

Kimchi also acknowledged Cedars-Sinai leadership. "At moments like this, I am reminded how lucky I am to have spent the past 37 years at Cedars-Sinai. I attribute receipt of this award to the nurturing and encouraging academic environment at Cedars-Sinai." Adding, "This would not have happened without your help and support."

Shlomo Melmed, MB, ChB, executive vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of the medical faculty, applauded Kimchi. "Congratulations on this well-deserved peer recognition. It is a testament to your professional achievements and to the high esteem in which you are held by colleagues throughout the world. Cedars-Sinai is so proud to have you as a leader for our heart patients."

A former flight surgeon in the Israeli Air Force, Kimchi is the founder and chair of the International Academy of Cardiology and the World Congress on Heart Disease and past president of the American Heart Association’s Los Angeles County Division. Committed to sharing advances in cardiology, Kimchi has directed more than 25 international heart disease congresses.

Kimchi’s research on the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease and heart failure have been published in prestigious, peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Kimchi is an editor or co-editor of 12 books and serves on the editorial board of the journal Cardiology.