Valentin Fuster, MD, PHD

Dr. Fuster is Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital. He also serves as Director of the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute; Director of the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health; General Director of Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC); President of Science Health and Education (SHE) Foundation; and the Richard Gorlin, MD/Heart Research Foundation Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

For four decades, Dr. Fuster has been a global leader in the field of cardiology, including cardiovascular medicine, translational research, and education. He has a keen interest in defeating the global epidemic of obesity and its impact on cardiovascular health, especially for the world’s tiniest hearts — those in our children.

Dr. Fuster has published more than 1,000 research studies on the prevention and treatment of heart disease, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis (the hardening of the heart’s arteries due to plaque buildup — a leading cause of heart attack, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease), and thrombosis (blood clots). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) and former President of the American Heart Association and the World Heart Federation. He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Fuster is the only cardiologist to receive the two highest gold medal awards and all four major research awards from the four major cardiovascular organizations: The Distinguished Researcher Award (Interamerican Society of Cardiology, 2005 and 2009), Andreas Gruntzig Scientific Award and Gold Medal Award (European Society of Cardiology, 1992 and 2007, respectively), Gold Medal Award and Distinguished Scientist (American Heart Association, 2001 and 2003, respectively), and the Distinguished Scientist Award (American College of Cardiology, 1993). Thirty-three distinguished universities throughout the world have granted him honorary doctoral degrees.

In addition to his leadership roles at Mount Sinai, Dr. Fuster is the General Director of the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid, Spain, which was established to bring together leading Spanish cardiovascular researchers and funding to advance biomedical research.

Dr. Fuster is also Chairman of the SHE Foundation (Science for Health and Education), which he created to improve total health in the population, especially in young people. Recently, he launched his Valentin Fuster/Mount Sinai Foundation for Science, Health, & Empowerment in the United States.