Thursday, March 28, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Sidney C. Smith, Jr, MD, professor of Medicine in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and clinician in the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care, received the 2013 Joseph Stokes, III, MD Award from the American Society for Preventive Cardiology on March 22, 2013.
This prestigious award honors those who have made significant contributions in the field of preventive cardiology through research, teaching, clinical activity and leadership. It commemorates Joseph Stokes, III, MD, a cardiologist and epidemiologist who was co-principal investigator of the Framingham Heart Study, a now decades-long study designed to identify the common factors or characteristics that contribute to cardiovascular disease by following its development over a long period of time in a large group.
Dr. Smith received his medical degree from Yale Medical School and completed his medical internship, residency, and cardiology fellowship at the Peter Bent Brigham (now Brigham and Women’s) Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Dr. Smith is a past president of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the World Heart Federation (WHF). Among his many honors include the AHA Physician of the Year Award, AHA Distinguished National Leadership Award, AHA Gold Heart Award, AHA Eugene Drake Award and the NHLBI/NIH Award of Special Recognition. Dr. Smith has authored or co-authored more than 350 published papers and chapters and has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Cardiology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation. Each year since 1998, he has been elected to Best Doctors in America.
"Sid Smith's lifelong mission to understand how we can interrupt the biggest health care concern of our age -- heart disease -- has brought deserved recognition to him and to the University of North Carolina," says Cam Patterson, MD, MBA, Physician-in-Chief, UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care. "But more importantly, it has saved lives-- hundreds of thousands of lives. Sid deserves all the recognition he can get."