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University of Pittsburgh Cardiologist to Receive American Heart Association’s 2010 Pulse of Pittsburgh Award

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 4 – Sudhakar Pesara “P.S.” Reddy, M.D., professor of medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will receive the 2010 Peter J. Safar Pulse of Pittsburgh Award from the American Heart Association, Allegheny Division. The award will be presented at the 2010 Pittsburgh Heart Ball on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Pittsburgh Hilton, Downtown.

“Dr. Reddy is an exceptional clinician and humanitarian whose commitment to helping others has advanced cardiovascular care both in the U.S. and around the world,” said Barry London, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UPMC Cardiovascular Institute and chief of the Division of Cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “It’s an honor to know and work with him. I congratulate Dr. Reddy on this well-deserved honor.”

In 1981, Dr. Reddy’s commitment to helping others inspired him to establish Science Health Allied Research Education (SHARE), a charitable foundation dedicated to promoting scientific exchange between the U.S. and Third World Countries – particularly India. Funding through SHARE enabled.

Dr. Reddy to establish MediCiti Hospitals in Hyderabad, India. The main facility provides tertiary care to residents and another suburban facility provides primary and secondary care to its attached medical college, MediCiti Institute of Medical Sciences.

In 1988 and 1989, Dr. Reddy traveled to Egypt several times to share his expertise with area surgeons. He trained local cardiologists to perform mitral valvuloplasty – a minimally invasive procedure that helps to open a blocked heart valve. Since then, this procedure has benefited thousands of underserved patients in Egypt.

“Dr. Reddy’s contributions to the field of cardiology – and, more broadly, to the cause of human health – have been enormous,” said University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg. “In addition to the wonderful work he has done here in Pittsburgh, his extraordinary efforts to deliver world-class health care to rural communities in India have had an immeasurable impact on the health of children and families that previously had little or no access to modern medical services. We are extremely fortunate that Dr. Reddy has chosen to make the University of Pittsburgh his academic home for more than 40 years, and we extend to him our most hearty congratulations, as well as our deep gratitude.”

Dr. Reddy earned a medical degree from Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India, where he also completed a rotating internship at Osmania General Hospital. He then moved to the United Kingdom for residencies in medicine, neurology, chest diseases, cardiology and internal medicine. Upon earning board certifications in medicine and cardiology, Dr. Reddy moved to Pittsburgh. He then completed a medical residency and fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh and joined the Pitt faculty in 1971. Dr. Reddy also served as director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at UPMC Presbyterian from 1972 to 1993.

The author of more than 100 journal articles and a book, “Pericardial Disease,” Dr. Reddy’s research and clinical interests are in hemodynamics, pericardial diseases and auscultation.

Dr. Reddy is the recipient of numerous professional honors including the Award of Excellence from the American Telugu Association (1996), Distinguished Physician Award from the American Association of Physicians from India (1995-96), Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University Madras: Doctor of Science degree (1996), University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award (2000), Outstanding Community Service Award from the American College of Chest Physicians (2001), and Clinical Educator of the Year Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2008). He also served as president of the Laennec Society of the American Heart Association (1984) and has been appointed to fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh, U.K., the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology, and the American College of Cardiology.

A high-resolution photo of Dr. Reddy is available online.

About the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

As one of the nation’s leading academic centers for biomedical research, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine integrates advanced technology with basic science across a broad range of disciplines in a continuous quest to harness the power of new knowledge and improve the human condition. Driven mainly by the School of Medicine and its affiliates, Pitt has ranked among the top 10 recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health since 1997 and now ranks fifth in the nation, according to preliminary data for fiscal year 2008. Likewise, the School of Medicine is equally committed to advancing the quality and strength of its medical and graduate education programs, for which it is recognized as an innovative leader, and to training highly skilled, compassionate clinicians and creative scientists well-equipped to engage in world-class research. The School of Medicine is the academic partner of UPMC, which has collaborated with the University to raise the standard of medical excellence in Pittsburgh and to position health care as a driving force behind the region’s economy. For more information about the School of Medicine, see www.medschool.pitt.edu.

About the Pulse of Pittsburgh Award

The American Heart Association, Allegheny Division board of directors and the Heart Ball committee created the Pulse of Pittsburgh Award in 2003 to recognize an individual’s leadership in the fight against heart disease and stroke. In 2004, the committee changed the name to the Peter J. Safar Pulse of Pittsburgh Award in honor of the late Peter J. Safar, M.D., distinguished professor of resuscitation medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, who also was known as the Father of CPR.

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