August 7, 2007 - (BRONX, NY) - Dr. Edmund Sonnenblick, Distinguished University Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, has been selected to receive the Research Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award, one of the highest honors bestowed by the association, recognizes Dr. Sonnenblick's lifetime contributions to cardiovascular science and medicine.
During a career spanning six decades, Dr. Sonnenblick has authored nearly 700 papers reporting on his field-related research. He also has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals within the cardiology field.
Among Dr. Sonnenblick's greatest contributions to the field of cardiology was the application of muscle mechanics to evaluation of cardiac performance. These concepts evolved into the use of such terms as "preload," "afterload," "contractility," and "ejection fraction." Each of these fundamentals is now central to clinical practice throughout the world with regard to measuring cardiac function. He also was instrumental in determining cardiac structure in terms of the sacomere, which influences the fundamental function of the heart.
Dr. Sonnenblick joined Einstein's faculty in 1975, as professor of medicine and chief of cardiology. In 1984 he was named director of the medical school's Cardiovascular Center. That same year he was named the Olson Professor of Cardiology, an honor he held through 1995. Most recently, he was named the Edmond J. Safra Republic National Bank of New York Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and the Charles and Tamara Krasne Faculty Scholar in Cardiovascular Research.
Dr. Sonnenblick began his medical and scientific career conducting research at the National Heart Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, where he also was an attending physician. Concurrently, he served as an associate professorial lecturer of physiology at George Washington University School of Medicine. He then moved to Boston, where he served in multiple roles, including assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School; co-director of the cardiovascular unit, senior associate in medicine, and physician at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital; and director of cardiovascular research in Brigham's Department of Medicine. In addition, from 1960 to 1962, Dr. Sonnenblick served as a senior assistant surgeon in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service.
Dr. Sonnenblick received his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Wesleyan University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, cum laude. He is a resident of Darien, Connecticut.