Dr. Sanjiv Kaul first in Oregon to receive prestigious national award in cardiology

November 9, 2015

Dr. Sanjiv KaulOn Nov. 7, Sanjiv Kaul, M.D., director of the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute and professor of medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine, received the American Heart Association's highest clinical honor, the James B. Herrick Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cardiology. Dr. Kaul received the award "in grateful recognition of his highly significant discoveries expanding the field of cardiovascular diagnostic imaging and greatly enhancing the care of patients with heart and blood vessel disease," according to the American Heart Association.

He is the only cardiologist in Oregon to receive this distinction.

Dr. Kaul is known for developing a technique to detect heart attacks through Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography (MCE). In MCE, physicians inject tiny bubbles the size of red blood cells into veins that travel to the heart. The bubbles follow the movements of the heart and give an accurate view of blood flow to a patient's heart, allowing physicians to detect heart attacks in a way not found using other methods. More than 5 million people around the world have undergone MCE. OHSU is one of only a few hospitals in the country using this technique.

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