We're happy to announce the people who are being honored at this year's awards.
19th U.S. Surgeon General
Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy was confirmed on December 15, 2014, as the 19th U.S. Surgeon General. As "America's Doctor," he is responsible for communicating the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal and public health. Dr. Murthy also oversees operations of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, comprised of approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers who serve to promote, protect and advance the health and safety of our nation and our world.
For the past two decades, Dr. Murthy has devoted himself to improving public health through the lenses of service, clinical care, research, education and entrepreneurship. The son of immigrants from India, he discovered a love for the art of healing early in his childhood while spending time at his father's medical clinic in Miami. After earning his bachelor's degree from Harvard and his MD and MBA degrees from Yale, he completed residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he later joined the faculty as an internal medicine physician and instructor. As a clinician-educator, Dr. Murthy has cared for thousands of patients and trained hundreds of residents and medical students.
When he was 17 years old, Dr. Murthy and his sister cofounded VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India and the U.S, which he led for eight years. He also cofounded the Swasthya project ("health and wellbeing" in Sanskrit), a community health partnership in rural India designed to train women to be health providers and educators. Dr. Murthy has also conducted research on vaccine development and studied the participation of women and minorities in clinical trials. He is a healthcare entrepreneur who launched a successful software technology company, TrialNetworks, to improve research collaboration and enhance the efficiency of clinical trials around the world. Most recently, Dr. Murthy served as the president of Doctors for America, a nonprofit organization comprised of more than 16,000 physicians and medical students in all 50 states who work with patients and policymakers to build a high quality, affordable healthcare system for all.
Dr. Murthy firmly believes that our nation's greatest asset has always been its people. As Surgeon General, he has fought to both educate and inspire his fellow Americans around a key set of priorities: mental health and emotional well-being, healthy eating, active living, chronic disease prevention, tobacco-free living, and our country's growing opioid epidemic.
Dr. Johnson is an internationally recognized cardiologist who has brought her broad range of experience as a researcher, educator and expert in healthcare, public health and health policy to bear in the effort to transform the health of women. She founded the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology and serves as its executive director and chief of the division of Women's Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a Harvard teaching hospital and one of the leading academic medical centers in the world. Dr. Johnson is professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Her research has impacted women across the United States through its influence on the implementation of healthcare reform and on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease in women. The integrated model of care spearheaded by the Connors Center is being replicated globally. Dr. Johnson is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine, and her vision, research and ability to lead at the intersection of healthcare and public health has brought her key leadership roles in the local and national arena, including the chair of the board of the Boston Public Health Commission, member of the National Institutes of Health, Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health and membership on numerous national and international boards.
Dr. Johnson is also featured as a national leader in medicine by the National Library of Medicine and is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her contributions in women's health and public health. Her 2013 TED talk, "His and Her Healthcare," was recently named by TED as one of the "Top 10 TED Talks by Women to be Viewed by Everyone" and has helped to raise awareness of the importance of sex differences to understanding women's health.
Dr. Johnson attended Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, received her MD and MPH degrees from Harvard, and trained in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. A native of Brooklyn, NY, she lives in Brookline, MA, with her husband, their son and daughter, and a Havanese puppy.
Currently the director of women's cardiac services at Saint John's Medical Center in Santa Monica, CA, Dr. Magliato is one of the few female cardiothoracic surgeons in the world. Prior to joining Saint John's, she was a heart/lung transplant surgeon and director of the mechanical assist device program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
She received a BS degree in biochemistry at Union College in New York and earned her MD from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland where she graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. Dr. Magliato completed 10 years of surgical training at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In 2006, she earned an Executive MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Dr. Magliato is the immediate past president of the greater Los Angeles board of the American Heart Association, the first woman to ever hold this position. She is currently developing a cardiovascular diagnostic medical device for which she holds a patent. She serves as founder, CEO, CMO and chairman of the board of her technology company, Cordex Systems Inc.
She is the recipient of many national and regional awards including the Women's Leadership Exchange 2003 Compass Award and, in 2006, was initiated into the American College of Surgeons. In 2008, she was honored at the American Red Cross gala, along with the cast of Grey's Anatomy, and received their "Spirit of Humanitarianism" award.
Dr. Magliato has been highlighted by the media as an expert in heart disease and has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX news as well as WebMD, Lifetime and National Geographic Explorer. She has been quoted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Tribune and USA Today. She has appeared on a Barbara Walters 20/20 special about heart disease, The Martha Stewart Show, CBS's The Doctors, NBC's Home and Family as well as a special by Oprah Winfrey for OWN and a PSA with Queen Latifah.
Her memoir Heart Matters was published by Random House and received a starred review by Publisher's Weekly and a 4 out of 4 star review in People magazine. Played by Melissa George, her life story is being made into a scripted 2015 mid-season TV medical drama entitled Heartbeat by NBC Universal. She lives in Pacific Palisades, CA, with her husband, also a surgeon, and their two sons, ages 10 and 12.
Kass joined the White House kitchen staff in 2009 as assistant chef and, in 2010, became food initiative coordinator. During his White House tenure, Kass took on several additional roles including executive director of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign, which encouraged healthy living through physical activity, and senior White House policy advisor for nutrition. Kass is the first person in the history of the White House to have a position in the executive office of the President and the Residence.
Kass was one of the First Lady's longest-serving advisors, having previously served as senior policy advisor for healthy food initiatives. Kass helped the First Lady create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt's victory garden. In addition, Kass helped create the first beer to ever be brewed in the White House.
In 2011, Fast Company named Kass to their list of 100 Most Creative People, and in 2012, Kass helped create the American Chef Corps, which is dedicated to promoting diplomacy through culinary initiatives.
Currently, Kass serves as a senior food analyst at NBC News, covering topics such as healthful eating, food trends and policy. Kass is an MIT media lab fellow, entrepreneur and advisor.
CocoaVia Healthy Heart award
Dr. Joanne Lupton is a distinguished professor, Regents professor, university faculty fellow and holder of the William W. Allen endowed chair in nutrition at Texas A&M University. Dr. Lupton, who recently announced her retirement, served for 30 years on the nutrition faculty of the nutrition and food science department of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station.
She chaired the Macronutrients Panel for the Dietary Reference Intakes, Food and Nutrition Board, National Academy of Sciences, that determined the intake values for protein, carbohydrates, fats, fiber and energy for the U.S. and Canada and she also chaired the National Academy panel to determine the definition of dietary fiber.
She was a member of the 2005 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Committee. She is currently on the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine and on the Nutrition Council for the American Heart Association. She is a board member of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Global. Dr. Lupton spent one year at the US Food and Drug Administration helping to develop levels of scientific evidence required for health claims.
While there she was appointed to the Commissioner's Task Force for Better Nutrition and received a Commissioner's Special Citation for her work.
She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2010 and is a lifetime associate of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Lupton has mentored more than 100 MS and PhD students while at Texas A&M, and received the Dannon/American Society for Nutrition mentoring award in 2004. In 2007, she received the Texas A&M University distinguished achievement award for research. In 2010, she received the ASN\General Mills Bell Institute innovation award in nutrition.
Dr. Lupton is past president of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), the nutrition research organization. Her research is on the effect of diet on colon physiology and colon cancer with a particular focus on dietary fiber and n-3 fatty acids. She has received the Vahouny Medal for her research on dietary fiber. She translates basic research on diet and colon physiology to science-based public policy, and has consulted with individuals in Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan and elsewhere on the definition of dietary fiber and establishing dietary guidance systems in those countries.
She is the principle investigator on a training grant to train PhD students in space life sciences. Her research is supported by grants from the NIH/NCI, NASA and NSBRI. Her undergraduate degree is from Mt. Holyoke College and her PhD in nutrition is from the University of California at Davis.
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