Oakland, CA (June 19, 2014) – – Ronald Krauss, MD, of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland’s research arm, CHORI, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Award of Meritorious Achievement by the American Heart Association (AHA). Dr. Krauss is being recognized for spearheading the development of the AHA Scientific Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism. He will receive the award June 25th in Dallas at the AHA’s Gold Heart Banquet and Awards Luncheon.
“Dr. Krauss’s leadership and vision has had a remarkable and enduring impact on the AHA mission,” said Nancy Brown, AHA Chief Executive Officer. “His work has been greatly appreciated, particularly with regards to our efforts to influence healthy lifestyles and prevention.”
“We are extremely proud of Dr. Krauss for developing and leading the AHA Scientific Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism,” said Dr. Janet King, Senior Vice President, Research, and Executive Director of Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI). “As the Founder of this Scientific Council, Dr. Krauss set high standards for developing AHA position statements on aspects of diet, physical activity, and cardiovascular health. Thus, it is not surprising that these statements have been used by many other groups, such as the Dietary Guidelines Committee, as recommendations for all Americans.”
Dr. Krauss is Senior Scientist and Director of Atherosclerosis Research at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at UCSF and in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UC Berkeley, and Guest Senior Scientist in the Department of Genome Sciences of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Krauss is also board-certified in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism.
As a member of the American Heart Association (AHA), he was the founder and past Chair of the AHA Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism, as well as a National Spokesperson for the AHA. He previously received the AHA Scientific Councils Distinguished Achievement Award.
Dr. Krauss is also a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, a Fellow of the American Society of Nutrition and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Atherosclerosis Society. He has been a member of the NHLBI Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults.
Dr. Krauss has also served on both the Committee on Dietary Recommended Intakes for Macronutrients and the Committee on Biomarkers of Chronic Disease of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Before coming to CHORI, he received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University with honors and served his internship and residency on the Harvard Medical Service of Boston City Hospital. He then joined the staff of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, first as Clinical Associate and then as Senior Investigator in the Molecular Disease Branch. Dr. Krauss has published over 400 research articles and reviews on genetic, dietary, and drug effects on plasma lipoproteins and coronary artery disease. In recent years Dr. Krauss’ work has focused on interactions of genes with dietary and drug treatments that affect metabolic phenotypes and cardiovascular disease risk.
About UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (formerly Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland) is a premier, not-for-profit medical center for children in Northern California, and is the only hospital in the East Bay 100% devoted to pediatrics. UCSF Benioff Oakland affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco on January 1, 2014. UCSF Benioff Oakland is a national leader in many pediatric specialties including hematology/oncology, neonatology, cardiology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and neurosurgery. The hospital is one of only five ACS Pediatric Level I Trauma Centers in the state, and has one of largest pediatric intensive care units in Northern California. UCSF Benioff Oakland has 190 licensed beds, over 500 physicians in 43 specialties, more than 2,600 employees, and a consolidated annual operating budget of more than $500 million. UCSF Benioff Oakland is also a leading teaching hospital with an outstanding pediatric residency program and a number of unique pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs.
UCSF Benioff Oakland’s research arm, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), is internationally known for its basic and clinical research. CHORI is at the forefront of translating research into interventions for treating and preventing human diseases. CHORI has 250 members of its investigative staff, a budget of about $50 million, and is ranked among the nation’s top ten research centers for National Institutes of Health funding to children’s hospitals. For more information, go to www.childrenshospitaloakland.org and www.chori.org.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, our organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases. The organization funds innovative research, advocates public health policies and provides tools and information to save and improve lives. The nationwide organization includes 144 local offices and nearly 2,700 employees. The American Stroke Association was created as a division in 1997 to bring together the organization’s stroke-related activities.
Contact: Melinda Krigel
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland