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Pittsburgh Cardiologist Named Physician of the Year by Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Date:6/22/2012

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) June 22, 2012

Raymond L. Benza, MD, an internationally recognized cardiologist who serves as Medical Director of the Advanced Heart Failure, Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) has been named Physician of the Year by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA). Dr. Benza will accept his award at the annual PHA scientific meeting in Orlando on June 24, 2012.

Considered one of the country’s foremost experts on pulmonary vascular diseases and cardiac transplantation, Dr. Benza has played a major role over the past two decades in advancing the study and treatment of pulmonary hypertension, a progressive and often fatal cardiovascular disease. Affecting approximately 200,000 people annually worldwide, PH is characterized by continuous high blood pressure in the lungs, which ultimately leads to heart failure.

Though no cure exists yet for PH, the efforts of healthcare professionals like Dr. Benza and the coordination and support of those efforts by the PHA have helped expedite the development of new treatments for the disease that now offer patients hope.

The PHA Physician of the Year Award recognizes outstanding physicians who have been notable in their service to the Association and in promoting excellent clinical care, research, education and advocacy on behalf of patients. Recipients of t
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