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SCCT Recognition Awards
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Gold Medal Award

Inaugurated for SCCT's 10th anniversary year in 2015, the Gold Medal is the highest honor bestowed by SCCT. It recognizes outstanding leaders who have made landmark contributions to the field of cardiovascular CT and to the Society. The award recognizes SCCT members who best exemplify leadership and a lifetime commitment to clinical excellence, research and education.

2020: John Lesser, MD, MSCCT

  John Lesser,  MD, MSCCT
Director of Cardiovascular CT and MRI, Minneapolis Heart Institute/Abbott Northwestern Hospital
This medal recognizes Dr. Lesser's exemplary leadership in SCCT, as displayed throughout his long service on the Board of Directors, dating from the Society’s inception to 2019.  This award also recognizes Dr. Lesser's many contributions as president in 2012 –2013; as a program planner and faculty for several Annual Scientific Meetings as well as numerous conferences and workshops; as an esteemed mentor who paved the way for many of his colleagues to excel; and as a champion for always supporting the mission of SCCT throughout different roles. 


Previous Gold Medal recipients

2019:  Jonathon Leipsic and Gilbert Raff

2018: Leslee Shaw and Udo Hoffman

2017: James Min

2016: Matthew Budoff

2015: Daniel Berman and Stephan Achenbach


Arthur S. Agatston Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Award

Dr. Arthur Agatston, the award’s namesake, is a visionary and pioneer in the field of noninvasive cardiac imaging and one of the world’s leading preventive cardiologists. This award promotes the prevention of death from heart disease by recognizing individuals whose pioneering efforts have saved lives from the leading killer throughout the world, coronary artery disease.

2020: Khurram Nasir, MD, FSCCT

  Khurram Nasir, MD, FSCCT
Chief Division Cardiovascular Prevention & Wellness, Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center
SCCT has selected Dr. Nasir for this important award in recognition of his extensive contributions to cardiovascular disease prevention through the assessment of risk factors, particularly coronary arthrosclerosis. Dr. Nasir's work to promote understanding of coronary artery calcium scoring through the “power of zero” concept and enhance shared decision-making among clinicians and their patients has had a major impact on strategies to optimize the management and treatment of cardiovascular disease.  In addition, his work was highly influential in shaping the recent cholesterol and prevention guidelines. 

Previous recipients

2019: Roger Blumenthal, MD

2018: Peter Libby, MD

2017: Peter Wilson, MD

2016: Jagat Narula, MD

2015:  Arthur Agatston, MD; Bruce Brundage, MD; Matt Budoff, MD, FSCCT; Tracy Q. Callister, MD, FSCCT; Warren Robert Janowitz, MD; Raolo Raggi, MD, FSCCT; John Rumberger, PhD, MD, FSCCT; Harvey Hecht, MD

2014: Prediman K. Shah, MD

2013: Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD 

2012: Sanjay Gupta

2011: Scott Grundy, MD

2010: William Castelli, MD

Achenbach Pioneer Award in Cardiovascular CT

Named in honor of SCCT founding member and first president, Dr. Stephan Achenbach, this award honors those who have made landmark contributions by demonstrating a commitment to clinical excellence, research and education to the field of cardiovascular CT.

2020: Thomas Brady, MD 

 Thomas Brady, MD
Radiologist | Cardiac Radiologist, Vice Chair, MGH Radiology Research, Director, Nuclear Medicine - Molecular Imaging & PET-CT, Mass General Hospital
SCCT is honoring Tom Brady for his visionary efforts to invest in research and development that was necessary to propel the field of cardiac CT in the earliest stages, as well as for his leadership of early work on plaque characterization and CT perfusion. In addition, as an inspiring and selfless mentor, Dr. Brady has played a profound role in supporting the work and careers of numerous academic cardiologists and radiologists, including the namesake of this award, many past presidents of the society, and other leaders in the field.  


Previous recipients

2019: Stephan Achenbach