Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD, selected as AHA President-Elect

by Amanda Chase, PhD
March 10, 2022

The American Heart Association (AHA) national board of directors has selected Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD, as the AHA President-Elect, effective July 2022.

During his long tenure of AHA volunteer service, Dr. Wu has been the chairperson of the AHA Research Committee and the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS), as well as a member of the national board. He is also actively involved in community programs in the Bay Area. Dr. Wu’s impact on the AHA is immeasurable, with a focus on supporting young, mid-career, and senior investigators and expanding international collaborations.

Dr. Wu is a trailblazing physician researcher, Director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Simon H. Stertzer, MD, Professor and Professor of Radiology at Stanford University. His research focuses on the biological mechanisms of patient-specific and disease-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to understand mechanisms of cardiovascular disease, accelerate drug discovery, develop “clinical trial in a dish” technology, and implement precision medicine for cardiovascular patients. Dr. Wu ranked among the top 1% of highly cited researchers in Web of Science in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. He also received the AHA Established Investigator Award, AHA Merit Award (2017), and AHA Distinguished Scientist Award (2018).

Dr. Wu has received NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, NIH Roadmap Transformative Award, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) given out by President Obama at the White House, American Heart Association (AHA) Distinguished Scientist Award, AHA Merit Award, and Burroughs Wellcome Foundation Innovation in Regulatory Science Award. Dr. Wu serves on the FDA Cellular, Tissue, and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee. He is on the Board of the Keystone Symposia.

Dr. Wu is an elected member of Association of University Cardiologists (AUC), American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Association of Physicians (AAP), and National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

Congratulations to Dr. Wu on his incredible accomplishment.

Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD