May 4, 2001

Robertson to receive CDC award

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Dr. Rose Marie Robertson, professor and vice chair of the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been selected to receive the 2001 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s Partners in Public Health Award.

Robertson, the medical director for the Vanderbilt Women’s Heart Institute and the national president of the American Heart Association, was nominated for her outstanding leadership in developing partnerships among agencies in the fight against heart disease and stroke and mentoring health care professionals in the area of cardiovascular disease.

The effective integration of CDC chronic disease leadership in the strategic planning process of the AHA and realignment of AHA strategic goals in support of the Healthy People 2010 objectives for which CDC, together with the National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has co-lead responsibilities; the continued training and mentorship of talented cardiovascular disease trainees and support for them to pursue roles in public health service.

The ceremony will be held June 13 in Atlanta.

Robertson received her bachelor’s from Manhattanville College in Purchase N.Y. and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and in cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

She was the first female cardiologist at VUMC.

In 1993, Robertson received the Gold Heart Award of the Tennessee affiliate and in June 1999, she received the association’s national Award of Meritorious Achievement for rendering an important service to the AHA in the development of its national programs.