Dr. Nabel was honored in New Orleans at the 2008 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association with the Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award. Dr. Braunwald is a highly distinguished researcher and physician whose contributions in the field of cardiovascular disease have improved the health care of people world-wide. The award was established in 1999 and is presented to identify and honor individuals whose academic careers have included a long-term record (spanning at least 20-25 years) of successful mentoring of promising young academicians and is based upon a consistent record of molding the careers of multiple individuals during a continuous academic career.
In accepting the award, Dr. Nabel acknowledged the students, fellows, post-docs and faculty members she has worked with over the years and thanked them for their intellectual curiosity, their passion for cardiovascular research, and their commitment to make a difference in the lives of their patients. She concluded her remarks with a special tribute to Dr. Braunwald, who was her "steadfast mentor, trusted friend and faithful colleague for the past 25 years. Dr. Braunwald sets the gold standard for mentorship; in his training of over 1500 individuals in his internal medicine training program and countless additional cardiology fellows, he has taught us the true meaning of being a wise and trusted counselor, and he has inspired us to lead and mentor by his example."