David H. Adams, MD, receives the American Heart
Association's 2009 Award for Achievement in
Cardiovascular Science and Medicine from
Heart Ball Chair Michael A. Mussallem,
Chairman and CEO, Edwards Lifesciences.
On June 9, 2009, Dr. David H. Adams was honored by the American Heart Association for Achievement in Cardiovascular Science and Medicine.
Honoring heroes among us, the 2009 New York City Heart Ball, A Tribute to Heart and Stoke Heroes, was held in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life in the American Museum of Natural History. The Heart Ball celebrated the achievements of two honorees and the stories of 13 heroes who have contributed to heart and stroke health and awareness in their own unique ways. These individuals were chosen because they exemplify the human capacity to help, heal and hope. Also honored were Dr. Robert Solomon of Columbia University Medical Center, recipient of the Stroke Spotlight Award, and sanofi-aventis, recipient of the Company of the Year Award. The Heart Ball was chaired by Michael A. Mussallem, Chairman and CEO of Edwards Lifesciences, with NBC's David Ushery as Master of Ceremonies.
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Tonight, The American Heart Association is proud to present The Heart of New York Achievement in Cardiovascular Science and Medicine Award to Dr. David Adams for his outstanding life’s work in the field of cardiovascular surgery and for displaying heart through is personal and medical leadership, which has helped make New York City a better place to live and work.
Dr. Adams is a world renowned surgeon and a leader in the field of heart valve surgery and mitral value reconstruction. As the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, he has set national benchmarks for degenerative mitral valve repair rates while running one of the largest repair programs in the United States.
Dr. Adams is a pioneer in the field of mitral valve repair, finding ways to preserve damaged mitral valves with advanced reconstructive techniques instead of valve replacement with a metal or animal valve. After fixing a damaged or weakened leaflet, a special ring is implanted around the valve to provide even further support. Along with Professor Alain Carpentier, the father of mitral valve surgery, Dr. Adams is the co inventor of two of the most widely used mitral valve annuloplasty rings in the world.
Dr. Adams grew up in North Carolina. His Southern charm and hospitality coupled with his expertise in valve surgery have created a huge legacy of successful surgeries and extremely grateful patients. One such patient, Laura Appel, a 19-year-old, received a complex mitral valve repair surgery from Dr. Adams. Her parents summarized what so many patients and families have felt having been touched by Dr. Adams and his team
“Dear Dr. Adams, when the unthinkable happens to your family you can only hope that the help that arrives is a fraction of what we experienced with you. You have been generous, kind, and exceptionally wonderful with Laura’s surgery. Thank You, Thank You. Your team is amazing. Enjoy the holidays and thanks for posing. Kind wishes Angela and Harold.”
In addition to Dr. Adams’ surgical success, he is a much sought after speaker both nationally and internationally. He has developed one of the world’s largest video libraries of techniques in valve reconstruction. He is the author of over 200 publications, several book chapters, and a co-author of the upcoming text book, Carpentier’s Valve Reconstruction, and holds three patents. Dr. Adams is recognized as a leading surgeon, scientist, and medical expert serving on the editorial boards of several medical journals. He was previously awarded the Paul Dudley White Research Fellowship by The American Heart Association, which is only one of the many research scholarships and honorary appointments he has garnered throughout his career.
Dr. Adams’ illustrious career began after receiving his undergraduate and medical education at Duke University. Both his internship and residency in general and cardiothoracic surgery were conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at Harvard Medical School. Then he completed a fellowship in the Cardiothoracic Unit at Harefield Hospital in London and another two-year research fellowship in the Department of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. He served at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as the Associate Chief of Cardiac Surgery prior to his recruitment to Mount Sinai.
His mentors that have led him to this pinnacle include pillars of Cardiovascular Medicine including Drs. David Sabiston, Jr., Morris Karnovsky, Lawrence Cohn, Aldo Castaneda, Magdi Yacoub, Alain Carpentier, Eugene Braunwald, and Valetin Fuster.
Dr. Adams is always ready to reach out to patients in need around the globe, having operated on over 200 patients in developing countries. For four days in January of this year, he joined Dr. Khanh Nguyen and 11 other Mount Sinai Heart doctors and nurses in participating in a Gift of Life Medical Mission to Hue City, Vietnam. Together, they performed several valve repair operations over a five-day period. In addition to performing surgery, Dr. Adams and the members of the mission team devoted numerous hours to training local surgeons on how to perform such procedures.
It is with great pride and appreciation that we present Dr. Adams with The American Heart Association’s 2009 Heart of New York Award for Achievement in Cardiovascular Science and Medicine.
The New York City Heart Ball supports the fight against heart disease and stroke, the nations #1 and #3 killers. Funds raised at the event are invested in research, professional education, advocacy, and community service programs so people across America can live longer, stronger lives.
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. These diseases are America’s #1 and #3 killers and, together with all other cardiovascular diseases, claim nearly 870,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2006-07, the association invested more than $554 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.
The New York City Heart Ball in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, American Museum of Natural History.