Tulane’s Dr. Berenson named master laureate of American Board of Cardiology
Dr. Berenson with Rita Clayton, a longtime nurse with the
Bogalusa Heart Study.
(Photo by Dee Boling)
Dr. Gerald Berenson, research professor of epidemiology at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been named a distinguished master laureate of the American Board of Cardiology.
Berenson was awarded this lifetime achievement recognition on the basis of his outstanding record as a cardiologist and educator and his willingness to share his knowledge with students. According to the letter Berenson received notifying him of the award, “Humanitarian work…has been your life’s accomplishment to the benefit of mankind.”
The American Board of Cardiology considers the designation of laureate to be a higher level than diplomate. “The laureate has the distinction of being exemplary as a humanitarian, as well as being excellent in knowledge and professional excellence in the specialty of cardiology,” wrote Dr. Alaa Windsor, acting director of the board’s committee on honors and awards. Master laureates are considered to be senior consultants to the board.
Berenson is the founder of the landmark Bogalusa Heart Study, a 40-year longitudinal study into the natural history of coronary artery disease and hypertension. He has long been an advocate for healthy lifestyles for children.
Dee Boling is director of communications for the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
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May 28, 2014