UC Davis physician awarded by the American Society for Preventive Cardiology

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Ezra Amsterdam

Posted May 12, 2010

Ezra A. Amsterdam, UC Davis professor of cardiovascular medicine, has received the Joseph Stokes III Award from the American Society for Preventive Cardiology in recognition of Amsterdam’s research and education concerning the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

The American Society for Preventive Cardiology is a national educational organization of individuals with a dedicated interest in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. ASPC offers members an informal support network of fellow preventive cardiologists who share clinical, educational and research interests.

The Stokes award commemorates Joseph Stokes III, a cardiologist and epidemiologist who was co-principal investigator of the Framingham Heart Study, which he joined in 1951 as a U.S. Public Health Service physician. During his long and illustrious career, Stokes sought to promote education, research and clinical practice in the field of preventive cardiology.

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The basic scientists, clinical researchers and physicians in the UC Davis Division of Cardiovascular Medicine work together to target specific aspects of cardiovascular and vascular biology and improve understanding and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Their investigations are advancing patient care for heart failure, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes and stroke, prompting discoveries that will lead to better treatments and, ultimately, cures for cardiovascular disease — the number one cause of disease-related death in the United States. For more information, visit the divison's website.

A major focus of Amsterdam’s career has been the practice, investigation and teaching of methods to prevent heart disease. His work led to Amsterdam receiving a five-year Preventive Cardiology Academic Award from the Heart, Lung and Blood Diseases Branch of the National Institute of Health more than 20 years ago. The grant allowed Amsterdam to enrich UC Davis training programs for students, residents and fellows with innovative additions in the teaching and practice of preventive cardiology.

Based on this experience, Amsterdam founded Preventive Cardiology, the first journal dedicated to this field, and he continues as its editor-in-chief. The journal was included in Index Medicus on its initial application.

Prevention of heart disease has been an emphasis of Amsterdam’s research activities, which have included methods for detection of heart disease by noninvasive tests and treatment by pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches. These studies constitute a large portion of his more than 600 scientific publications.

Amsterdam has been an invited lecturer at many universities in the United States and abroad. He is active in committees for the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. His many achievements have earned Amsterdam multiple honors from UC Davis and national organizations.

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its specialty- and primary-care programs. The school offers fully accredited master's degree programs in public health and in informatics, and its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care. Along with being a recognized leader in medical research, the school is committed to serving underserved communities and advancing rural health. For further information, visit the UC Davis School of Medicine web site.