Published August 6, 2013
Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has received a Distinguished Fellowship Award from the International Academy of Cardiology.
The award recognizes profound contributions to cardiovascular medicine and service to the academy.
It is one of fewer than 20 ever given—and the second to go to a UB cardiologist.
A committee of 140 leading cardiologists and scientists selected Cain for the award.
He received it during the 18th World Congress on Heart Disease, held July 26-29 in Vancouver.
Clinicians and investigators from 51 countries attended the event, which offered a comprehensive overview of the latest research developments and future directions in cardiovascular medicine.
Cain is an internationally recognized cardiovascular physician-scientist who specializes in abnormal heart rhythms.
His research, supported by the National Institutes of Health, has focused on determining the mechanisms of life-threatening heart rhythm abnormalities that occur in heart attacks and other conditions that damage heart muscle cells.
His findings are helping physicians better characterize and more accurately localize abnormal heart tissue, and better identify patients at increased risk for sudden cardiac death.
Cain has authored or co-authored more than 135 scientific publications, review articles and book chapters. He also has lectured internationally.
A former associate editor of Circulation, he serves on the editorial boards of four cardiology journals: the American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, Nature Clinical Practice Cardiovascular Medicine and Heart Rhythm.
He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society.
Cain is a professor of medicine, biomedical engineering and physiology and biophysics. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and clinical cardiac electrophysiology and pacing.
Before coming to UB, Cain directed the Cardiovascular Division at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.