Three local physicians were honored by the American Heart Association Tuesday evening for their work in the fight against America’s No. 1 killer, heart disease.
Dr. Andalib Nawab, medical director of Ellis Medicine’s new Neil and Jane Golub Breast & Heart Health Center, was awarded the Donald Led Duke Heart Hero Award for her work leading Ellis’ new Women & Heart Disease program.
The program assigns nurse navigators to female patients to complete a personal risk assessment for their chances of heart disease, coordinating appropriate follow-up care when needed.
Nawab, who also works at Cardiology Associates of Schenectady, speaks to professional and community groups about heart disease’s impact on women, trying to dispel the myth that it’s a man’s disease.
Dr. Augustin DeLago of Albany Medical Center and Capital Cardiology Associates, PC, received the Physician of Excellence in Interventional Cardiology award.
DeLago leads a team of physicians and surgeons in the hospital’s transcatheter aortic valve replacement program, which launched in December 2011.
Under his direction, Albany Med became one of the first TAVR providers in the nation and performed two replacements almost immediately after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the procedure.
DeLago also works with the hospital’s emergency department and local EMS agencies to ensure heart attack victims get to the cardiac catheterization lab quickly to receive potentially life-saving procedures.
Dr. Guillermo Sosa-Suarez of St. Peter’s Health Partners and Albany Associates in Cardiology received the Physician of Excellence in Electrophysiology award. He serves as director of St. Peter’s Hospital’s electrophysiology program and Heart Rhythm Center, and was instrumental in developing an advanced cardiac electrophysiology lab that performs complex procedures such as ablation of atrial fibrillation.
The American Heart Association honored the three doctors Tuesday at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia. They will also be recognized at the Capital Region Heart Ball on March 21 at the City Center in Saratoga Springs.