Boston, MA (PressExposure) May 20, 2011 -- Patrick T. O'Gara, MD, of the Cardiology Division at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), will receive the American Heart Association's Paul Dudley White award at the Boston Heart Ball April 30.
"It's an honor to receive this award from the American Heart Association," O'Gara said. "The AHA's support for the research community enables us to continue our efforts to find cures for cardiovascular disorders. I am particularly humbled to be named the winner of this year's award given the many outstanding cardiovascular physicians and scientists who work in the Boston community. "
The award is named in honor of Paul Dudley White, a revered Boston cardiologist and a founding father of the American Heart Association. It is given annually to medical professionals who embody White's passion for patient care and contributions to the Heart Association.
O'Gara completed his internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was also chief resident for medicine and practiced as an attending cardiologist for 10 years. He began as the director of Clinical Cardiology at Brigham and Women's in 1995 and currently serves as the executive medical director of the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at BWH and the Watkins Clinics. He is professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
O'Gara's clinical activities include a national referral practice for patients with valvular heart disease, diseases of the aorta and complex coronary artery disease. He is the steering committee co-chair for the NHLBI's Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network.
Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a 793-bed nonprofit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery network. BWH is the home of the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center, the most advanced center of its kind. BWH is committed to excellence in patient care with expertise in virtually every specialty of medicine and surgery. The BWH medical preeminence dates back to 1832, and today that rich history in clinical care is coupled with its national leadership in quality improvement and patient safety initiatives and its dedication to educating and training the next generation of health care professionals. Through investigation and discovery conducted at its Biomedical Research Institute (BRI), BWH is an international leader in basic, clinical and translational research on human diseases, involving more than 900 physician-investigators and renowned biomedical scientists and faculty supported by more than $ 537 M in funding. BWH is also home to major landmark epidemiologic population studies, including the Nurses' and Physicians' Health Studies and the Women's Health Initiative. For more information about BWH, please visit Brigham and Women's Hospital.