Dr. Simon has been awarded the 2016 Distinguished Scientist Award–Basic Domain by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in honor of his contributions to cardiovascular medicine. Dr. Simon, who is President of University Hospital’s (UH) Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, was recognized for his achievements on April 4, during the ACC’s 65th Annual Scientific Session in Chicago.
The Distinguished Scientist Award is awarded to a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology who has made major scientific contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge in the field of cardiovascular disease. The award is presented annually to three recipients — one each from basic, clinical and translational domains. Recipients are nominated by their peers and selected by the ACC Awards Committee.
Dr. Simon holds the Herman K. Hellerstein Chair of Cardiovascular Research at UH Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is also Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine.
An internationally recognized clinical researcher, Dr. Simon was elected into the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Association of University Cardiologists, and the Association of American Physicians. He is a recipient of the prestigious MERIT Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.
Dr. Simon’s main area of research interest is the role of inflammation in vascular injury and repair. His research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Prentiss Foundation, the Medtronic Foundation and the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals. Using leading-edge transcriptional profiling approaches, his laboratory has identified a novel biomarker called MRP-8/14 that predicts the risk of future heart attack and stroke.