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The Heart Failure Society of America has established several awards to pay tribute to health care professionals committed to advancing the field of heart failure.

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award 

Supported by Cytokinetics

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


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.

Past Awardees

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 

Supported by Cytokinetics



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.

Past Awardees

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

2018 Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award

Supported by scPharmaceuticals

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


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.

Past Awardees

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



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