Victor Joseph Dzau
US National Academy of Medicine / US National Research Council
Victor J. Dzau is the President of the US National Academy of Medicine and Vice Chair of the US National Research Council. He is Chancellor Emeritus and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University. Dr. Dzau was formerly Professor of Medicine and Chairman of Medicine at Harvard Medical School as well as Chairman of Medicine at Stanford.
He is an internationally acclaimed leader and scientist has made a significant impact through his seminal research in cardiovascular medicine and genetics. His important work on the renin angiotensin system paved the way for the contemporary understanding of cardiovascular disease and the development of widely used, lifesaving drugs for hypertension and heart failure. He pioneered research in vascular gene therapy and cardiac regeneration by direct cardiac reprogramming.
Dr Dzau has served on the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director and as former chair of the NIH Cardiovascular Disease Advisory Committee. Currently, he chairs the NHLBI Progenitor Cell Translational Consortium, the Scientific Boards of Qatar Genome Project, the Peter Munk Cardiac Center, University of Toronto and Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow.
Among his many honors and recognitions are the American Heart Association Novartis Award for Hypertension Research, AHA Research Achievement Award, the AHA Distinguished Scientist Award, the Max Delbruck Medal from Germany, the Commemorative Gold Medal from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and the Henry Freisen International Prize. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, UK Academy of medical Sciences, Academia Sinica and European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
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