The American College of Cardiology (ACC) awarded Michael Mack, MD, FACC, with the 2012 Presidential Citation Award. The ACC distinguished awards were established to recognize outstanding individuals making contributions to the cardiovascular profession. A thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon on the medical staff at THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano, Dr. Mack serves as medical director of cardiovascular surgery for Baylor Health Care System and is chairman of THE HEART HOSPITAL Research Center.
As a surgeon, researcher and advocate for cardiovascular patients, Dr. Mack has been on the front lines in the field of cardiology. He has held multiple positions in national organizations, including immediate past-president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and past-president of the Thoracic Society Foundation for Research (TSFR), the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery. Additionally, he has strengthened surgeon collaboration with the ACC on all aspects of implementation of the recently Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) technology. Dr. Mack co-authored the National Coverage Determination Registry request for TAVR and was named the first chairperson of the Transcatheter Valve Therapy national registry.
“A superb physician scientist, he is also a visionary and a tremendous individual personally, hard-working and creative in all aspects of life,” says David R. Holmes, Jr., MD, FACC, of the ACC. “All in all, Dr. Mack is a tremendous addition to the pantheon of Presidential Citation awardees.”