Professor Patrick Serruys receives American ‘2011 Lifetime Achievement Award’
Professor Patrick Serruys, interventional cardiologist at Erasmus MC, will be awarded the prestigious ‘2011 Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the American College of Cardiology on 4 April. The Association is granting him this internationally prestigious award for his outstanding contribution to the development of the treatment for cardiovascular diseases. Serruys will be the second Dutchman in history to be awarded this prize.
In addition to his extraordinary contribution to developments in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, Professor Serruys will also be receiving the prize for his position as role model in the fields of scientific research, patient research and education. The American College of Cardiology (ACC) awards the prize to physicians who have worked as cardiologists for at least 30 years and who are both nationally and internationally acknowledged for their merits.
Professor Felix Zijlstra, head of the Cardiology department at Erasmus MC is proud of his colleague: “Patrick Serruys has dedicated his life to further improving the treatment of patients with cardiovascular diseases. He was, for example, an important force internationally behind the introduction of stents in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and the many improvements that followed on from this at a later stage. This discovery is now widely used in the treatment of many cardiovascular patients. It is a privilege to be able to continue this work together within our department with this prize giving our work an extra stimulus.”
Worldwide, Professor Serruys has become a big name in the research field. Professor Huibert Pols, dean of the medical faculty at Erasmus MC: ”Research led by Patrick Serruys that has been published in scientific journals is frequently cited by other international scientists. When compared to all other Dutch cardiologists, the published research carried out by or headed by Serruys over the past 40 years has been quoted most often. This is, of course, an extraordinary achievement of which Erasmus MC is very proud. In our view, the prize is well deserved recognition for the hard work of Professor Serruys.”
The prize was first awarded to a Dutch cardiologist, Professor Durrer, 25 years ago. Professor Serruys is the second cardiologist in the Netherlands to receive the prize. The award ceremony will take place in New Orleans (US) as part of the 60th Annual Scientific Session of the ACC.