Dr. Philip Greenland, the Harry W. Dingman Professor of Cardiology at Northwestern Medicine, has received the David E. Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the James D. Bruce Memorial Award from the American College of Physicians (ACP).
The Rogers Award, presented to Dr. Greenland on November 13, is awarded annually to a medical school faculty member who has made major contributions in improving the health of the American people. The Bruce Award, which will be presented in March, recognizes distinguished contributions in preventive medicine.
“It is humbling to consider that these awards recognize my work, which I still view as a work-in-progress,” said Dr. Greenland, also director of the Center for Population Health Sciences and a professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Preventive Medicine. “I hope to be privileged to continue to contribute and have an even greater impact in the future.”
Dr. Greenland is highly regarded as a leader in the field of preventive cardiology, with particular successes in demonstrating the importance of cardiovascular risk factors, investigating cardiovascular imaging and expanding the field of women’s cardiology.
He has published close to 400 scientific papers and is ranked one of the most highly cited researchers in the world. His research findings, in collaboration with other faculty members from the Department of Preventive Medicine, have helped guide national health policy, including seminal American Heart Association (AHA) statements.
“Dr. Greenland is one of those rare individuals who has the ability to span the spectrum of preventive medicine and drive critical changes in both policy and care approaches,” said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, chair of the Northwestern Medicine Department of Preventive Medicine. “It is fantastic to see this well-deserved recognition for Dr. Greenland, who has been so important to the history and success of this department.”
In one of his key achievements, Greenland and his team demonstrated in a 2003 study that 87 to 100 percent of cases of fatal coronary heart disease had exposure to at least one major risk factor (diabetes, cigarette smoking and blood pressure or cholesterol elevation). The paper, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), debunked the long-held myth that only 50 percent of patients with heart disease had traditional risk factors.
Dr. Greenland attended medical school at the University of Rochester, where he also completed his residency in internal medicine. Following a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Greenland spent more than a decade at the University at Rochester, where he was director of preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation. In 1991, he joined Northwestern and served as chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine until 2005. He was the founding director of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute, launched in 2007.