Pravin M. Shah, M.D., Receives the American Society of Echocardiography 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Pravin M. Shah, M.D., Receives the American Society of Echocardiography 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award

Newport Beach, Calif. – Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian today announced that Pravin M. Shah, M.D., M.A.C.C., medical director of non-invasive cardiac imaging and academics program at the Hoag Heart & Vascular Institute, was awarded the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Shah will be presented with the award at ASE's Annual Scientific Sessions.

The ASE Lifetime Achievement Award is an annual award designed to recognize a physician and a sonographer who have had a lifetime of exceptional achievements in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound. Winners are required to have a career spanning at least 25 years, must be recognized at local, national and international levels, and serve as a role model in the clinical field through service, research and teaching. In light of his successes, Dr. Shah was invited to give the Edler Lecture at ASE’s Annual Scientific Sessions in 2002.

“Dr. Shah’s extensive efforts and accomplishments in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound are an embodiment of what our society strives for,” said Dr. Sanjiv Kaul, MD, FASE, president of ASE. “His ongoing advocacy of clinical research and member education is exemplary, and we look forward to our continued work with him in the future.”

In addition to his position at the Hoag Heart & Vascular Institute, Dr. Shah is the chair and medical director of the Hoag Heart Valve Center at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Active in postgraduate education, he has directed more than 50 educational programs for the American College of Cardiology, from which he received the Gifted Teacher Award in 1999 and was designated Master of Cardiology in 2000. His clinical and research interests include heart valve disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, echocardiography with emphasis on intraoperative echo, and clinical diagnosis. Dr. Shah travels extensively on both a national and international level as a guest lecturer.

“To receive such an esteemed award from the American Society of Echocardiography is an honor,” said Dr. Shah. “The society continues to pave the way for innovation in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound, and in light of this dedication, I plan to persist in upholding the ASE’s mission to drive awareness in both the clinical field and among the public.”?

About the American Society of Echocardiography

The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is a professional organization of physicians, cardiac sonographers, nurses and scientists involved in echocardiography, the use of ultrasound to image the heart and cardiovascular system. The organization was founded in 1975 and is the largest international organization for cardiovascular ultrasound imaging. For more information on ASE, visit

About Hoag Heart & Vascular Institute

Hoag Heart & Vascular Institute is one of the preeminent cardiovascular centers on the West Coast and is well respected for delivering the highest level of quality care. Angioplasty and cardiac stent placement services are available 24/7 with median times for opening coronary arteries under 64 minutes, well above the national standard. Hoag is recognized as a leader in emergency heart care. Hoag Heart & Vascular Institute is a leader in cardiovascular medicine offering the most advanced and pioneering surgical techniques including minimally invasive heart surgery, intraoperative ablation for treatment of arrhythmia, beating heart surgery, and heart bypass with endoscopic vein harvesting. For more information visit Heart & Vascular

About Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Hoag is a non-profit regional healthcare delivery network in Orange County, Calif. that treats nearly 30,000 inpatients and 350,000 outpatients annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals, seven health centers and a network for more than 1,300 physicians, 5,000 employees and 2,000 volunteers. Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which has served Orange County since 1952, and Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened in 2010, are designated Magnet hospitals by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hoag offers a comprehensive mix of health care services including Centers of Excellence in cancer, heart and vascular, neurosciences and women’s health, and orthopedics through Hoag’s affiliate, Hoag Orthopedic Institute. National Research Corporation has endorsed Hoag as Orange County’s most preferred hospital for the past 15 consecutive years. And for an unprecedented 15 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as the county’s best hospital in a local newspaper survey.