SAN FRANCISCO – September 26, 2019 – The TCT Career Achievement Award will be presented to world-renowned cardiologist Robert O. Bonow, MD, MS on September 26, 2019 at the 31st Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT), the annual scientific symposium of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF). The award is given each year to an outstanding individual who has made significant contributions to the field of interventional cardiology and transformed patient care through their career endeavors, research pursuits, or mentorship of others. TCT Directors, Martin B. Leon, MD, and Gregg W. Stone, MD, will present the award. 

Over the course of his career, Dr. Bonow has made seminal contributions as a clinician and researcher in coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, and cardiac imaging. He has authored or co-authored over 580 papers in medical literature and 120 book chapters. In addition, his work on clinical guidelines has had an enormous impact on patient care and cardiovascular medicine.

“We are extremely proud to honor Dr. Robert Bonow with the TCT 2019 Career Achievement Award,” said Dr. Leon, CRF Founder and Co-Director of Medical Research and Education. “Bob Bonow is an iconic figure in cardiovascular medicine. He has been a dedicated and passionate leader of societies, journals, and cardiology departments. His success is driven by a rare combination of profound insights, a relentless work ethic, inspirational mentoring skills, and an intuitive vision for the future. Equally meaningful are his personal qualities: intrinsic integrity, endearing humility, loyalty, and everlasting friendships. The character and professional accomplishments of Bob Bonow has left an indelible impact on the global cardiovascular community.”

Dr. Bonow is the Goldberg Distinguished Professor of Cardiology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he also serves as Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine and Director, Center for Cardiovascular Innovation. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of JAMA Cardiology and is one of the four editors of Braunwald’s Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine.

“Bob is one of the most dedicated and passionate leaders in medicine, and his professionalism, character and accomplishments have immeasurably advanced cardiology,” added Dr. Stone, Co-Director of Medical Research and Education at CRF. “With an extraordinary depth of knowledge and refined leadership skills, Bob is deservedly renowned as a gifted clinician, a visionary pioneer and a dedicated mentor to the next generation of physicians.”

Dr. Bonow is a past president of the American Heart Association, a Master of the American College of Cardiology, and a Master of the American College of Physicians. He currently serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the NHLBI and has previously served on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology, the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, the Subspecialty Board on Cardiovascular Disease of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the Clinical Research Roundtable of the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Bonow served as Senior Investigator in the Cardiology Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute from 1976 to 1992, and was Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Northwestern University from 1992 to 2011. He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Previous winners of the TCT Career Achievement Award include: Geoffrey O. Hartzler, MD; David R. Holmes, MD; Patrick W. Serruys, MD, PhD; John B. Simpson, MD; Antonio Colombo, MD; Julio C. Palmaz, MD; Donald S. Baim, MD; William W. O’Neill, MD; J. Eduardo M.R. Sousa, MD, PhD; Eugene Braunwald, MD; James T. Willerson, MD; Paul Yock, MD; Barry T. Katzen, MD; Seung-Jung Park, MD; Spencer B. King III, MD; Alain G. Cribier, MD;  Eric J. Topol, MD; Renu Virmani, MD; Andreas Gruentzig, MD; Michael J. Mack, MD; John E. Abele; and Runlin Gao, MD; Elazer Edelman, MD, PhD; and Bram Zuckerman, MD.