ACC honors Serruys, Mortara

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The American College of Cardiology (ACC) issued a Lifetime Achievement Award to Patrick W. Serruys, MD, and inducted David W. Mortara, PhD, as an honorary fellow during its annual 2011 scientific sessions this week in New Orleans.

Serruys is professor of medicine with a chair in interventional cardiology at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and head of the interventional department, Heartcenter Rotterdam, the Netheralnds. He received his MD (1972) from the Catholic University of Louvain and his PhD degree (1986) from the Erasmus University. In 2006, he received the highest award of the Clinical Council of the American Heart Association: the James Herrick Award. He is a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Athens.

Originally trained in physics, Mortara joined the field of automated ECG interpretation in 1973. Shortly thereafter, in 1975 he became the manager of research and development, and later, vice president of engineering at Marquette Electronics, a developer of hardware and software for computerized ECG. Among his contributions while at Marquette, Mortara was responsible for the development of simultaneous 12-lead ECG acquisition and interpretation, which is the technological foundation of most electrocardiographs currently on the market and in use today.