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Nation's top two cardiology societies honor Methodist echocardiologist Quiñones

Houston, TX - 2/2/2012

Miguel Quiñones, M.D., chair of cardiology at Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, will receive the Physician Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Echocardiography at the society's annual scientific sessions in June. He will also be named a Master of the American College of Cardiology at that group's annual meeting in March.

”Dr.Quiñones is an expert in imaging and measuring heart and vascular function. He is responsible for many of the guidelines used by cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons around the world to interpret echocardiographic data.

"I cannot think of anyone, anywhere who deserves these honors more than Miguel," said Alan B. Lumsden, M.D., medical director and cardiovascular surgeon at MDHVC. "Not only is he one of the pillars of the Heart & Vascular Center, but he has also helped build our research and teaching programs over the last several years to the enviable positions they occupy today."

In March, at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting in Chicago, Quiñones will be named a master of the ACC, the highest honor bestowed by the 39,000-plus-member group. A maximum of four cardiologists receive the title each year, including the previous year's ACC president. Quiñones colleague William A. Zoghbi, M.D., who is taking over the ACC presidency this year, will receive his master title in 2013.

And in June, Quiñones will be honored by the American Society of Echocardiography with the Physician Lifetime Achievement Award at the group's third annual Foundation Gala, which happens in conjunction with the 23rd Annual ASE Scientific Sessions in National Harbor, Md., this year. Quiñones will be praised for a "lifetime of outstanding achievements in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound," and for having "served as a role model through service, research and teaching," according to an ASE representative. He will receive a plaque commemorating the event.

"Mike is one of the true pioneers in the field of echocardiography, having led the way in

the assessment of ventricular and valvular function," wrote Cleveland Clinic cardiologist
and ASE President James D. Thomas, M.D., in his nomination of Dr. Quiñones. "Mike has had a long and lustrous research career, focusing on assessment of a wide variety of clinical problems with echocardiography."
Quiñones is the fourth recipient of the ASE Physician Lifetime Achievement award.

To speak with Quiñones, please contact David Bricker, The Methodist Hospital, at 832-667-5811 or dmbricker@tmhs.org.