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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Doctor Receives Prestigious Award

April 4, 2012

Blase A. Carabello, M.D., F.A.C.C. 

Blase A. Carabello, M.D., F.A.C.C


The editors of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) honored Blase A. Carabello, M.D., F.A.C.C., with the Simon Dack Award for Outstanding Scholarship at their editorial board meeting in Chicago on March 25, 2012. The Simon Dack Award, named for the founding editor of JACC, recognizes peer reviewers who assist the journal in its mission of publishing important new clinical information.

“Following Dr. DeBakey’s life-long pursuit of excellence and commitment to medical research in order to make a worldwide impact on health care and improving lives, Dr. Carabello is carrying on that tradition today at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center,” said Adam C. Walmus, M.A., M.H.A., F.A.C.H.E., director. “We are very fortunate to have that level of passion and expertise in advancing medical care for our Nation’s heroes.”

Listed as one of the best doctors in the nation in the field of cardiovascular disease by the medical knowledge company, Best Doctors, Inc., Carabello received his medical degree from Temple University in 1973 and completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at Harvard Medical School in 1978.

A former chairperson of the Program Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology and a member of the Committee on Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, Carabello is the Moncrief Professor of Medicine and vice chairman in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and a founding member and immediate past president of the Society for Heart Valve Disease.  He also holds memberships in the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Federation for Clinical Research.

Since 2001, Carabello has served as a member of the Cardio/Renal Advisory Committee for the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C.  In addition to JACC, he is on the editorial board and serves as an editorial consultant for a number of peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Heart Valve Disease, Journal of Cardiac Failure, and Current Cardiology Reports.

Carabello is the author of more than 350 peer-reviewed and invited publications, and the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching. He received the 2003 Alumnus of the Year Award from Temple University and served as the president of the Association of University Cardiologists, completing his term in January of 2009.  In 2010, he was selected to receive the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American College of Cardiology, the college’s most prestigious research honor.