Cardiology Fellow Receives Prestigious AMA Foundation Leadership Award

June 8, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Accolades and Milestones

Shashank S. Sinha, MD, MSc, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award. As an honorary recipient, he will attend the Excellence in Medicine Awards celebration and dedicated Leadership Award educational programming held in conjunction with the American Medical Association’s annual meeting in Chicago, June 8 –10, 2017.

Dr. Sinha is a fourth-year general cardiology fellow at the University of Michigan and a second-year research fellow funded by a National Institutes of Health T32 postdoctoral training grant at the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. He served as the 2015-2016 Chair of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Fellow-in-Training (FIT) Section Leadership Council, creating educational, mentorship and networking opportunities for cardiology FITs across the world. He also co-founded and co-directed an inaugural program, Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers, at the ACC Big Sky Cardiology for aspiring clinician-educators to develop skills with respect to presentation delivery, public speaking, and effective feedback. Dr. Sinha was also selected to the ACC’s Leadership Academy and now contributes as a member of the JACC Editorial Board as a Section Editor for the Fellows-in-Training/Early Career Page and to the eLearning Editorial Board.

He is extremely grateful for the mentorship and guidance he has received throughout his fellowship training. In particular, he is deeply indebted to the following Michigan Medicine faculty members who have not only been instrumental in his professional development but have also instilled within him the importance of servant leadership: Dr. Kim Eagle, Co-Director of the Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center; Dr. Peter Hagan, Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program Director; Dr. Brahmajee Nallamothu, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and research mentor; Dr. David Bach, Professor of Medicine in Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and clinic preceptor; and Dr. Vineet Chopra, Chief, Division of Hospital Medicine and career mentor.

Dr. Sinha ultimately aspires to become an advanced heart failure and transplantation and critical care cardiologist at an academic medical center where he can take care of the most vulnerable patients, teach trainees, and lead a research team at the intersection of health services, health policy and quality improvement.