American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Better health through laboratory medicine
Charles Hennekens, MD
1999 AACC Lectureship Award

Charles H. Hennekens, MD, will receive this year’s award, supported by an educational grant from Bayer Diagnostics. Dr. Hennekens received his MD from Cornell University Medical College and completed a residency in internal medicine from the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He has a MPH, a MS, and a DrPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, and honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Queens College. He is or has been the Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine, the John Snow Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Ambulatory Care and Prevention (all at Harvard Medical School) and Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, as well as Chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Hennekens’ research concerns the epidemiology of acute and chronic diseases, in particular, cardiovascular disease and cancer. He is the Principal or Co-Principal Investigator for the four long-term studies: the Physicians’ Health Study, the Women’s Health Study, the cardiovascular component of the Nurses’ Health Study, and the Vanguard Center for the Women’s Health Initiative. In addition, Dr. Hennekens serves as US National Coordinator for the International Studies of Infarct Survival. He has elucidated a number of causal, preventative, and therapeutic factors, most notably low-dose aspirin in cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Hennekens is President of the American Epidemiological Society and Past-President of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, as well as a member of the Association of American Physicians. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Epidemiology. He has been a member of the Board of Overseers of the American Journal of Epidemiology as well as the editorial board of Circulation.

Dr. Hennekens is co-author of 528 publications, including 405 original reports, 120 reviews and book chapters, and 3 textbooks, including Epidemiology in Medicine, which is used widely in medical schools and schools of public health in the United States and abroad. He is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Preventive Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, as well as the American College of Epidemiology. He is the recipient of the Bruce Award from the American College of Physicians for distinguished contributions to preventive medicine, the VERIS Award for outstanding contributions to antioxidant vitamin research, an Honorary Fellowship from the American College of Cardiology for distinguished contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine, the Lilienfeld Award from the American College of Epidemiology for excellence in the field of epidemiology, the first Robert S. Gordon Jr. Lectureship from the National Institutes of Health for significant contributions to epidemiology and clinical trials, the Duncan Clark Award from the American Teachers of Preventive Medicine for excellence in teaching and research in preventive medicine, the 1996 American College of Nutrition Award for outstanding contributions, the American Heart Association Lewis A. Conner Lectureship, and the International Society of Heart Failure Jan J. Kellerman Memorial Award for distinguished contributions to cardiovascular disease prevention.