by Stephen Vodhanel, PhD
Dr. Javad Tafreshi has been elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association. This recognition, signified with the F.A.H.A. abbreviation, is an important recognition of professional accomplishments and leadership.
F.A.H.A. recognizes outstanding and sustained scientific contributions in basic cardiovascular sciences, as well as volunteer leadership and service to the American Heart Association. F.A.H.A. is open to scientists and physicians with a major and productive interest in cardiovascular basic sciences.
The criteria are established by the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Leadership Committee in concert with the AHA’s Science Advisory and Coordinating Committee. Candidates must be able meet each of the criteria as defined. The candidate must:
1. Be able to demonstrate accomplishment of meritorious research in any aspect of basic cardiovascular sciences.
2. Be able to show manifestation of continued interest and intention to remain active in any aspect of basic cardiovascular sciences.
3. Have served in a faculty or investigative position for 2 or more years after completing research training.
4. Have published 3 or more first-author peer-reviewed papers addressing fundamental scientific questions.
5. Hold membership or Fellowship in other research or professional organizations.
6. Domestic candidates must show evidence of significant and current volunteer involvement and service to the AHA. Significant and current service to the AHA can be demonstrated through leadership and involvement in national, council, affiliate and/or local activities, including but not limited to active participation on committees, boards and task forces; development and fundraising (HeartWalk, galas, etc.); advocacy efforts; professional and lay education programs including writing groups, abstract grading, speakers bureau and Get with the Guidelines; and research grant peer review.
7. International candidates must show evidence of significant and current volunteer involvement and service in similar organizations/associations in their respective country/state or through other avenues of community involvement as long as these activities are well documented and perceived as equivalent to those in the United States.
As the American Heart Association welcomes Dr. Tafreshi as a Fellow into one of the world’s most eminent organizations of cardiovascular and stroke professional organizations, the entire School of Pharmacy congratulates him on this important professional accomplishment!