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Northwestern Medicine cardiologist is American Heart Association Physician of the Year
Date:6/25/2014

Neil J. Stone, MD, a Northwestern Medicine cardiologist for more than four decades, was named the American Heart Association's 2014 Physician of the Year, the organization's honor given annually to a physician who has rendered "outstanding accomplishments."

"As a renowned expert in preventive cardiovascular medicine and lipidology, Dr. Stone has had an enduring and critically important impact not only on the mission of the American Heart Association, but in the lives of the many patients he has cared for, as well as the medical students and residents who have benefited from his training and mentoring," said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the AHA. "We thank Dr. Stone for his tireless efforts to advance scientific knowledge, raise awareness of risk modification, and ultimately improve health outcomes and quality of life."

Stone, who is also medical director of the center for vascular disease at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and the Robert Bonow Professor in medicine-cardiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, pursued cardiology after his uncle, grandmother and her brothers all died of premature cardiac death before they were 50 years old. His father also died of heart disease, leading him on a lifelong mission to understand and try to prevent the disease that is the number one killer of men and women in the United States.

"I am humbled to receive an award that so many outstanding individuals have received," said Stone. "As a recognition of my life's work in trying to prevent heart disease, it is especially gratifying."

For more than 30 years, Stone volunteered on various committees with the AHA. In 2009, he chaired a committee commissioned by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to update cholesterol guidelines. After four years of work, the committee released its new evidence-based recommendations in November 2013. The guidelines, which shifted from the traditional practice of us
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