The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) recently announced NAM President Dr. Victor J. Dzau as the recipient of its NAAAP 100 Award, presented by General Motors. NAAAP’s highest honor is awarded annually to the most influential leaders who have made significant contributions to their profession and to the Asian community.

NAM president Victor J. Dzau

NAM president Victor J. Dzau

Dr. Dzau is being honored for his impact on medicine through his seminal research in cardiovascular medicine and genetics and his leadership in health care innovation. His important work on the renin angiotensin system (RAS) paved the way for the contemporary understanding of cardiovascular disease and the development of RAS inhibitors as widely used, lifesaving drugs. In his role as a leader in health, Dr. Dzau has led efforts in health innovation, including the development of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute, the Duke Global Health Institute, the Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School, and the Duke Institute for Health Innovation. As one of the world’s preeminent health leaders, Dr. Dzau advises governments and universities worldwide. He has served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and as Chair of the NIH Cardiovascular Disease Advisory Committee.

Since arriving at the National Academies, Dr. Dzau has emphasized leadership, innovation, and impact. He has led important initiatives such as the Global Health Risk Framework for the Future, the Human Gene Editing Initiative, Vital Directions for Health and Healthcare, and Grand Challenges in Health and Medicine. His vision is to advance science, medicine, and policy to improve health globally.

This honor will be presented to Dr. Dzau at a gala at the annual NAAAP National Convention, ERG Summit, and Recruitment Expo, to be held this year on August 11-13, 2016 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. More details about the convention can be found at


The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is the premier leadership organization for Asian professionals in North America, with nearly 30 chapters and several thousand members.  Since 1982, NAAAP has operated as a nonprofit to inspire, develop, and connect leaders in all major industries and countless communities.  NAAAP engages in professional development programs and community service on the local and national level.  For more information, please visit their website at


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