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.
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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.