Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the lifetime work of an individual who has provided leadership or made a significant impact in the field of heart valves in basic research, translational research or clinical research. In line with the mission of the Heart Valve Society, the recipient has worked to promote awareness, advance knowledge and innovate in order to reduce the burden of heart valve disease.

The award will be given annually to a Heart Valve scientist, cardiologist or cardiac who is or has been a part of the Heart Valve Society.

The Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Dr. Ajit Yoganathan of the Georgia Institute for Technology.

Dr. Ajit Yoganathan
Dr. Ajit Yoganathan
Member National Academy of Engineering
Emeritus Regents' Professor
Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Faculty Chair
Wallace H. Coulter School of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University
For over 45 years Dr. Ajit Yoganathan has been a pioneer in basic and translational cardiovascular research, especially experimental and computational fluid mechanics as it pertains to artificial heart valves, the whole heart, and congenital heart diseases. His work involves the use of optical techniques such as laser Doppler velocimetry, digital particle image velocimetry, and clinical tools such as cardiac ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging to non-invasively study and quantify blood flow patterns and parameters in the cardiovascular system, both on the bench and in vivo. In his effort to take an interdisciplinary and translational approach to his research, Dr. Yoganathan has established collaborations with clinicians, scientists, and industry professionals world-wide and has played an important role in the development of U.S. and international standards for cardiovascular devices as Chair of the Cardiovascular Sub-Committee (SC2), International Standards Organization Technical Committee (TC 150) on Implants for Surgery since 2005. He has published over 40 book chapters and 450 peer reviewed articles in leading scientific journals; has given over 300 invited talks around the world; has more than 20 issued patents; and has mentored more than 50 doctoral students, 35 masters’ students, and 40 post-doctoral trainees. Dr. Yoganathan has received a number of high honors and awards including membership to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, the ASME H. R. Lissner Award in Bioengineering; the ASEE Theo Pilkington Award for Biomedical Engineering education; the BMES Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lectureship Award; and the AIMBE Professional Impact Award for Education. He is also a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), an Honorary Fellow of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS), and a Fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASEE) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). It is noteworthy to mention that since 1975, all prosthetic heart valves implanted in the U.S. – more than two dozen valve designs - have been studied and evaluated in Dr. Yoganathan's Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics lab.