Cedars-Sinai Cardiologist to Get American Heart Association Award

LOS ANGELES -- A Cedars-Sinai Medical Center cardiologist will receive one of the American Heart Association's top awards on Nov. 11 during a confab in New Orleans.

Dr. P.K. Shah, director of cardiology at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, will receive the James B. Herrick Award from the AHA's Council on Clinical Cardiology, said hospital spokeswoman Sandy Van.

She said Shah is credited, along with a colleague, with developing the first clot-dissolving therapy for treating heart attacks; leading research that contributed to a better understanding of how arteries become clogged, as well as ways to reverse the process; pioneering research related to a mutant gene that helps protect against arteriosclerosis; and being a master teacher and clinician, among other things.

Shah will be given the Herrick award during the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, which runs from Nov. 8-12.

The award is named for Dr. James Bryan Herrick, a pioneering heart doctor who first described a coronary thrombosis and showed that such an obstruction is not necessarily fatal, according to Van.

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