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American Heart Association Gives Lifetime Achievement Award To Spertus

Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute

Dr. John A. Spertus, a renowned heart researcher at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, has received a lifetime achievement award from the American Heart Association.

The award recognizes Spertus’ contributions to cardiovascular outcomes research and improved cardiovascular care, according to a news release from Saint Luke’s.

Spertus has published hundreds of peer-reviewed articles related to his research. PubMed, which indexes citations to medical journal articles, lists his name on nearly 600 papers.

Spertus is to receive the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research (QCOR) Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award today in Orlando, Florida.  

Spertus could not be reached for comment, but the Saint Luke’s release quoted QCOR chairman Benjamin Nallamothu as saying that Spertus is “one of the most creative and inspirational figures in the field of cardiovascular outcomes research.”

“He's a giant in our field – a leader who played an instrumental role in establishing the QCOR conference and council,” Nallamoth, an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan, said.

Besides serving as clinical director of outcomes research at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Spertus is a professor of medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Dan Margolies has been a reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star, and KCUR Public Radio. He retired as a reporter in December 2022 after a 37-year journalism career.
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