Awards & Grants

Awards

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award 

Supported by Cytokinetics

Marvin A. Konstam, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHFSA

Biography

Marvin A. Konstam, MD, is Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) and Chief Physician Executive of The CardioVascular Center at Tufts Medical Center (TuftsMC). He graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University and completed training at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. Dr. Konstam is recipient of the TUSM Distinguished Faculty Award.

Dr. Konstam’s primary investigational areas are ventricular remodeling, novel pharmaceutical and device treatment, and quality of care. He has provided leadership for numerous clinical trials and has published over 300 articles and over 35 books, monographs, and chapters.

Dr. Konstam was lead author of the first heart failure (HF) Clinical Practice Guideline, through the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research and has served on the HF Guideline panels of the American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) (including its first edition). He has served as a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Cardiovascular and Renal Advisory Panel and as Senior Advisor for Cardiovascular Diseases at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. He has consulted for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on device coverage and on improving quality of care.

Dr. Konstam was a founding member of HFSA, served as its President (2002‒2004), and was instrumental in driving designation of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology as an official secondary subspecialty. He previously served as President of the Association of Professors of Cardiology and as Chair of ACC’s Council on Academic Cardiology. He presently serves on ACC’s Health Affairs Committee, on CMS’ MACRA Clinical Advisory Committee, and on HFSA’s Publications Committee. Dr. Konstam has been named among the “Best Doctors in America” for 16 consecutive years.

Dr. Konstam is married to Varda Konstam, PhD, with children Amanda and Jeremy.

2018 HFSA Nursing Leadership Award 

Supported by Cytokinetics

Nancy Albert, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FHFSA, FAAN

Biography

Nancy Albert, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FHFSA, FAAN
Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Office of Nursing Research and Innovation- Nursing Institute; Cleveland Clinic Health System
and Clinical Nurse Specialist, Kaufman Center for Heart Failure- Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic main campus
Cleveland Clinic
Ceveland, OH

As Associate Chief Nursing Officer of the Office of Research and Innovation, Dr. Albert administers and provides research and innovation services throughout Cleveland Clinic, a multicenter system. She conducts her own program of research and mentors nurses in research and evidence-based practice. Her heart failure programs of research have two themes: (1) understanding bio-behavioral issues that impact self-care adherence and clinical outcomes and (2) improving conformity to recommended care advocated in national guidelines. Nancy is also an external consultant and educator to nurses and healthcare teams wishing to promote evidence-based nursing practices, nursing research and innovative thinking.

Dr. Albert also serves as a clinical nurse specialist in advanced heart failure within an ambulatory heart failure clinic on the main campus of Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH. She is a clinical educator and consultant to graduate students and hospital and ambulatory nurses regarding heart failure, cardiac or intensive care topics. She is widely published with over 285 peer-reviewed publications in medical and nursing journals, over 15 book chapters and she is editor of a 2016 book titled: Building and Sustaining a Hospital-Based Nursing Research Program. Dr. Albert presents regionally, nationally and internationally and is actively involved on steering committees, work groups and task forces of many healthcare organizations that are focused on improving quality of care and clinical outcomes of patients with heart failure or cardiovascular diseases.

Nancy was named the Distinguished Research Lecturer by the American Association of Critical-care Nurses in May 2013; she received the Cleveland Clinic Nursing Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in September 2014, was named the AHA Healthcare Volunteer of the Year in June 2015 and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in October 2015.  

2018 Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award

Supported by scPharmaceuticals

Natalie W. Pierson, RN, BSN, MSN, FHFSA

Biography

Natalie W. Pierson, RN, BSN, MSN, FHFSA works as a heart failure coordinator for the Heart and Vascular Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.  She has 25 years of experience in the management of heart failure patients and volunteers with the Philadelphia American Heart Association (AHA) as a community educator on the prevention of cardiovascular disease in high-risk populations.

Natalie earned a diploma in nursing from Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans, LA, her Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and her Masters of Community Systems Administration from Thomas Jefferson School of Nursing in Philadelphia, PA.  She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.  Her research interests include the impact of community-based hypertension/cardiovascular prevention programs on the improvement of cardiovascular health and the impact of a nurse-community navigator on improvement of the relationship between community members and healthcare providers.

During Natalie’s 25 years nursing career, she worked as a staff nurse on a heart failure unit and CCU, and 20 years as a heart failure coordinator at three major heart failure centers in the Philadelphia area.  Prior to her current position, she was the lead heart failure coordinator at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Center for twelve years.  Since 2014, Natalie has volunteered with the Philadelphia AHA Go Red Initiative Passion committee.  She served as the committee chairperson from 2014 to 2015, where she led over 50 volunteers, assisted in raising over $100,000, and performed community outreach at religious, academic, service, and local healthcare organizations. In 2015, she was named AHA Heart Champion in the Philadelphia area.  She also volunteers and dedicates her time influencing heart-healthy behavior and lifestyle modifications through “lunch and learn” and “style and learn” education sessions. In 2017, Natalie was the recipient of the Penn Medicine CARES Grant, which she utilized to continue her community outreach for the management and prevention of cardiovascular disease in African American communities in the Philadelphia area. Also in 2017, Natalie became a nursing student mentor for the College of New Jersey Moving Forward Together African American Mentor program to help shape the future of nurses through positive encouragement and support.

Investigator Awards (For Accepted Abstracts Only)

Investigator Awards (For Accepted Abstracts)

HFSA offers three award competitions at its annual meeting:

  • Jay N. Cohn New Investigator Award – Basic Science
  • Jay N. Cohn New Investigator Award – Clinical/Integrative Physiology
  • Nursing Investigator Award

These awards are to recognize research excellence in young trainees and investigators. Finalists will present their work orally in scientific sessions.

*Note: Case Studies and Performance Improvement Initiative abstracts are not eligible for awards. For more information regarding abstracts, visit meeting.hfsa.org/abstracts

Jay N. Cohn New Investigator Awards

A review committee will choose up to five finalists in each of two categories:

      • Basic science
      • Clinical/integrative physiology research

Eligibility: Candidates must have completed training no earlier than 2014, be first author, and have played a major role in research study being submitted. The finalist must present their research results in respective JNC award sessions during the 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting.

Nursing Investigator Award

This award recognizes outstanding and innovative research in the field of heart failure by a nurse researcher. Up to five finalists are chosen.

Eligibility: Candidate must be a nurse investigator or a student in an accredited nursing program and first author and presenter of the abstract submitted. Candidate cannot be a member of the HFSA Nursing Award Committee. Previous finalists for this award are ineligible. Individuals cannot apply for both the Clinical Excellence in Nursing and Nursing Research Awards in the same year.

Award Notification

Award finalists will be notified in early June. Monetary awards are provided to first and second place presenters. All award finalists receive complimentary registration.

Note: Case Studies and Performance Improvement Initiative abstracts are not eligible for awards.

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2019 Lifetime Achievement Award - CLOSED

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Supported by Cytokinetics

The 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award nomination process is now closed. 

Nomination Deadline: August 3, 2018
Notification to Awardee: November 2018
Award Presentation: 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting (September 14-17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA)

The HFSA Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by the Executive Council of the HFSA. The purpose of this award is to recognize a lifetime body of work by an individual who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the field of heart failure.

The 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, consisting of a special gift and plaque, will be conferred during the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America (September 14-17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA).

Eligibility
Any living individual whose career has focused on heart failure may be nominated. The award will be made on the basis of the recipient’s contributions as follows:

  • Advancement of scientific knowledge, either basic or clinical research directly to heart failure
  • Improvement in the practice of treating patients with heart failure
  • Demonstrated service to the mission of the HFSA

Evaluation of nominees and selection of the recipient will be chosen by a majority vote of the Lifetime Achievement Award Committee and submitted to the HFSA Executive Council for approval.

Nominating

Each nomination should consist of:

  1. A letter of recommendation from a nominator which should highlight the nominees’ career in detail (2 pages maximum)
  2. Copy of an up-to-date curriculum vitae (including publications)

Nominations may only be made by HFSA members in good standing. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Nominations are carried forward from the previous three years but information submitted may need to be updated and resubmitted. Materials resubmitted should include any significant developments or contributions which have occurred since the previous submission.

Previous winners are not eligible for this award.

How to Submit a Nomination
Submit signed letter of recommendation and curriculum vitae electronically to cmiranda@hfsa.org.

Past

2017 – Barry H. Greenberg, MD, FHFSA
2016 – Marc Pfeffer, MD, PhD, FHFSA
2015 – Sidney Goldstein, MD, FHFSA
2014 – Gary S. Francis, MD, FHFSA
2013 – Arthur M. Feldman, MD, PhD & Barry M. Massie, MD, FHFSA
2012 – Bertram Pitt MD, FHFSA
2011 – Kathy Dracup, PhD, FHFSA
2010 – Eugene Braunwald, MD, FHFSA
2009 – Kanu Chatterjee, MBBS, FRCP
2008 – Michael R. Bristow, MD, PhD, FHFSA
2007 – Arnold M. Katz, MD
2006 – Jay N. Cohn, MD, FHFSA

Lifetime Meritorious Service Award
2014 – Jay N. Cohn, MD, FHFSA
2013 – Barry M. Massie, MD, FHFSA

2018 HFSA Nursing Leadership Award - CLOSED

2018 HFSA Nursing Leadership Award 

Supported by Cytokinetics

The 2018 HFSA Nursing Leadership Award nomination process is now closed. 

Deadline for 2018 Submission: May 31, 2018
Notification to Award Winner: Late, June 2018

The individual selected to receive this award will receive $1000 and complimentary registration to the 2018 HFSA Annual Meeting. The award will be presented to the recipient during the HFSA 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting.

Past Award Winners
2017 –  Barbara Riegel, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
2016 – Lisa Rathman, MSN, CRNP, CCRN, CHFN

2018 HFSA Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award - CLOSED

2018 Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award

Supported by scpharmaceuticals

The 2018 HFSA Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award nomination process is now closed. 

Deadline for 2018 Submission: May 31, 2018
Notification to Award Winner: Late, June 2018

The individual selected to receive this award will receive $1000 and complimentary registration to the 2018 HFSA Annual Meeting. The award will be presented to the recipient during the HFSA 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting.

Past Award Winners
2017 – Johana R. Almansa, DNPc, RN, ANP-BC, CHFN
2016 – Peggy Kirkwood, RN, MSN, ACNPC, CHFN, AACC
2012 – Kismet D. Rasmusson, MS, FNP-BC
2011 – Susan E. Ammon, RN, MS, FNP
2010 – Mary Beth Earley, CCRN, MSN, ANP-c
2009 – Donna F. Pettruccelli, MSN, CRNP
2008 – Sara C. Paul, RN, MSN, FNP
2007 – Suzanne J. Wingate, RN, Ph.D.
2006 – Kimberly Huck, ND, RN

Grants

2018 HFSA Scholarship Program for Advanced HF Fellows - CLOSED

2018 HFSA Scholarship Program for Advanced HF Fellows

Supported By Medtronic

The 2018 HFSA Scholarship Program for Advanced HF Fellows Grant application process is now closed. 

Application Deadline: June 21, 2018

Awardees will be notified by: Mid-July (Scholarship decisions to be communicated via email to Program Directors and Scholarship Recipients)

Scholarship Description:
This scholarship is designed to support Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology fellows and Cardiothoracic Transplant Surgery fellows in accredited programs to attend HFSA 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. If awarded, scholarships are designed to provide:

  1. Roundtrip coach airfare booked through Medtronic’s contracted travel agency
  2. Standard hotel accommodations up to (4) nights at the designated hotel for these scholarships. (Arrivals no earlier than Friday, September 14th and departures no later than Tuesday, September 18th, 2018.)
  3. Meeting registration

Note: Scholarships are not designed to cover expenses related to meals or ground transportation)

Application
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellow from an accredited program OR a Cardiothoracic Transplant Surgery fellow completing focused training in heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support
  • Nominated recipient must complete training in 2019
  • The Program Director is required to nominate the fellow(s) for scholarship
  • Applications must be submitted before the application deadline – Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • If the allocated number of scholarships are not filled by June 21st, Medtronic reserves the right to extend the deadline
Additional
  • Medtronic is offering a limited number of scholarships based on the annual budget and number of qualified applicants.
  • Nominated scholarship recipients and program directors will be notified via email of application results before the end of July.
  • Scholarship recipients are responsible for following any requirements their institution may have regarding funding received from the medical device industry.
How
  1.  Access this link – https://www.GrantRequest.com/SID_975?SA=SNA&FID=35238
  2. Log-in with your email address and password
    (Note: If you forget your password please select the “forgot my password”. If you are a new user, select the “New Applicant” link. If someone other than yourself completed the requests in the past, you will need their email and password to access the account.)
  3. Complete the required sections (Note: Fields with an asterisk are required fields.)
  4. Acknowledge the certifications at the end of the request
  5.  Review and submit
  6. An automatic and immediate email message will inform you if the application was submitted correctly

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2018 Nurse Travel Grants - CLOSED

2018 Nurse Travel Grants

The 2018 Pharmacist Travel Grant application process is now closed. 

Ten (10) Travel Grants: $1,250 each
Nurse Travel Grant Application Deadline: June 15, 2018
Awardees will be notified by: July 2, 2018

Early career nurses are eligible for travel awards. Masters and Doctoral students and early career investigators within 7 years of receiving their doctoral degree are eligible to apply for a travel grant to the HFSA Annual Scientific Sessions. Ten travel grants ($1,250 each) will be awarded.*

* Although it is not required to submit an abstract to be considered for the travel award, preference is given to those that have accepted abstracts

2018 Nurse Research Grants - CLOSED

2018 Nurse Research Grants

The 2018 Nurse Research Grant application process is now closed. 

Three (3) Research Grants: $10,000 each
Nursing Research Grant Application Deadline: May 31, 2018
Awardees will be notified by: July 2, 2018

Three research grants ($10,000 each) will be awarded. Applications will be accepted from active HFSA members who are Masters or Doctoral students, or early career investigators within 7 years of receiving their doctoral degree. HFSA membership must be maintained for the duration of the 2-year grant. Presentation of the results at the HFSA Scientific Sessions is expected by the second year.

2018 Pharmacist Travel Grants - CLOSED

2018 Pharmacist Travel Grants

The 2018 Pharmacist Travel Grant application process is now closed. 

Four (4) Travel Grants: $1,250 each
Pharmacist Travel Grant Application Deadline: May 31, 2018
Awardees will be notified by: July 2, 2018

Up to 4 travel grants of $1,250 each may be available for pharmacists members within 7 years of receiving their doctoral degree. Pharmacists are eligible to apply for a travel grant to the HFSA Annual Scientific Sessions.*

To be eligible, individual must be:

  1. A member or join HFSA to be considered
  2. A Pharmacist member within 7 years of receiving their doctoral degree OR a full-time trainee at the time of the September 2018 meeting.

* Although it is not required to submit an abstract to be considered for the travel award, preference is given to those that have accepted abstracts