Dr. Martin B. Leon Recognized with American College of Cardiology’s Top Honor
Martin B. Leon, MD, Director of the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, has been awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in honor of his contributions to the field of interventional cardiology.
“I am honored and incredibly humbled to be recognized by my peers and the ACC with this Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Dr. Leon. “This is less a personal recognition and more a celebration of my team at NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia and their contribution to cardiovascular medicine. I am proud of our transformative impact on patient care.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has had a lifetime of outstanding achievements in the field of cardiovascular disease and has served as a role model through service, basic or clinical research, and teaching.
Dr. Leon has served as principal investigator for more than 75 clinical trials, including the PARTNER trials, which have helped shape the field of interventional cardiovascular medicine. A globally recognized thought leader and innovator in the development of interventional cardiovascular device and drug therapies, Dr. Leon has co-authored more than 2,000 publications and performed more than 10,000 procedures.
“Dr. Leon’s dedication to improving cardiovascular health and enhancing patient care is a testament to his expertise and professionalism,” said C. Michael Valentine, MD, President of the ACC. “It is a privilege to be able to honor Dr. Leon with the Lifetime Achievement Award.” Dr. Leon was presented with the award at the ACC Convocation, Inauguration and Awards Ceremony on March 18, 2019, during the ACC’s 68th Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans.