Published August 31, 2012
The International Academy of Cardiology (IAC) has honored Anne B. Curtis, MD, Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine, with the Walter Bleifeld Memorial Award for Distinguished Work in Clinical Research.
One of the world's leading clinical cardiac electrophysiologists and an expert in cardiac arrhythmias, Curtis has significantly advanced knowledge in both areas.
Her research interests include clinical trials in implantable device therapy for prevention of sudden cardiac death and management of heart failure, as well as clinical trials in atrial fibrillation.
She has been principal investigator, co-investigator, sponsor or steering committee member on 85 research studies and clinical trials and has written more than 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, reviews and editorials. She has also authored of a book on cardiac pacing.
Curtis received the Bleifeld Award in Toronto at the IAC’s 17th World Congress on Heart Disease. The award memorializes Walter Bleifeld, a professor of medicine and cardiology at the University of Hamburg who is considered one of the pioneers of modern cardiology.
In 2011, she was a key contributor to guidelines on atrial fibrillation that are issued periodically by the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines.