Victor J. Dzau Distinguished Lecture in Cardiovascular Medicine
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Victor J. Dzau, M.D. is the President of the US National Academy of Medicine (NAM), Vice Chair of the US National Research Council, and is Chancellor Emeritus and James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Duke University. Dr. Dzau was previously Hersey Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chairman of Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as Bloomfield Professor and Chairman of Department of Medicine at Stanford, as well as William Irwin Professor and Chief of the Cardiovascular Division and Director of Cardiovascular Research Center at Stanford.
He is an internationally acclaimed leader and physician scientist who has made a significant impact through his seminal research in cardiovascular medicine and genetics. His work laid the foundation for the development of the class of lifesaving drugs used globally to treat hypertension and heart. He pioneered research in vascular gene therapy and was the first to introduce DNA decoy molecules in humans in vivo.
Among his many honors and recognitions are the American Heart Association Research Achievement Award, the Max Delbruck Medal from Germany, Gustav Nylin Medal from the Swedish Royal College of Medicine, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Poulzer Prize of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the Henry Freisen International Prize. In 2019, he was named an Honorary Citizen of Singapore- the highest level of honor bestowed to a foreign citizen conferred by the President of Singapore. He has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, UK Academy of Medical Sciences, the Japan Academy, Mexican Academy of Medicine, Chinese Academy of Engineering and Academia Sinica. He has received 16 honorary doctorates.