Charles Hennekens

Professor of Medicine of Harvard Medical School

About Charles Hennekens

Dr. Charles Hennekens was the third most widely cited medical researcher in the world and 5of the top 20 were his former fellows and trainees. In 2006 he was named Doctor of the Decade by Science Watch for this remarkable accomplishment. In 2012 he was ranked #81 in the history of the world for having saved over 1.1 million lives by Science Heroes. Dr. Hennekens was motivated to avoid premature deaths by the sudden cardiac death of his father when he had just turned 17 years of age. His landmark research involves aspirin, statins, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) and beta-adrenergic blockers, all drugs of life saving benefit. He was the first to discover the benefits of aspirin in preventing a first heart attack as well as its life saving benefits when given during a heart attack or among survivors of a prior heart attack, occlusive stroke, or other events.
He received his BS, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Queens College, his MD from Cornell University Medical College and MPH, MS, and DrPH in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. He was the first John Snow Professor of Medicine and the first Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and currently is the first Sir Richard Doll Professor and Special Academic Advisor to the Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University.
Over the course of his four-decade career, Charles H. Hennekens MD, DrPH has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honors including the first Public Health Physician of the Year Award from the American Association of Public Health Physicians, the Walter D. Kelly Award, for distinghiuished contributions to mental health and the Presidential Citation from the Borough President of Brooklyn for his medical contributions to society.
A respected author, Charles H. Hennekens, MD, has published 831 peer-reviewed manuscripts , including three textbooks. His textbook,, Epidemiology in Medicine was the most widely used textbook in medical schools and schools of public health in the United States and throughout the world. He serves as Chair or member of numerous Data and Safety Monitoring Boards of randomized trials being conducted throughtout the world. He also serves as a Special Government Employee (SGE) to the Division of Cardiorenal Drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Dr. Hennekens is also Clinical Professor at Nova Southeastern University, Voluntary Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine,, Adjunct Professor at Meharry Medical College and Visiting Fellow at Green-Templeton College and the Clinical Trial and Epidemiology Studies Unit (CTSU) where he continues to collaborate with Professor Sir Richard Peto and colleagues.

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