The Johann Jacob Wepfer Award 2015 of the European Stroke Conference to Professor Ralph L. Sacco
This year's Johann Jacob Wepfer award winner is an internationally famous clinical neurologist who is currently the chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami in the United States. An engineering graduate from Cornell University, a Medical Graduate from Boston University, he trained in neurology, epidemiology, and stroke at the Doris and Stanley Tananbaum Stroke Center at the New York Neurological Institute of the Columbia University Medical Center in New York.
His career development has been meteoric. His curriculum vitae includes over 500 peer-reviewed publications on a wide variety of subjects for stroke; his role has been one of a major investigator in a number of clinical trials. His work as founder and principal organizer of the Northern Manhattan Stroke Study has eclipsed the impact of the Framingham Study with which he was associated as a medical student.
He has been the Olemburg Family Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Miller School of Medicine at the University Miami (Florida, USA) for the last 9 years and lately also Executive Director, Evelyn A. McKnight Brain Institute. As if these positions were not enough, he has also just completed his 3-year term as the only Neurologist elected as President of the American Heart Association and is now in the process of becoming the next President of the American Academy of Neurology. He recently received the prestigious Cor Vitae award from the American Heart Association.
Those of us who have known him from his earliest career days had no surprise when he succeeded me as the director of the Tananbaum Stroke Center at the Neurological Institute. His immense service in the department of neurology at the University of Miami is a classic example of the metastasis becoming larger the primary.
We welcome him as the Johann Jacob Wepfer awardee.
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