|Dr. Arnold Katz Achievement Award|
Dr. Arnold Katz Achievement Award
The Stanley J. Sarnoff Endowment, as it was known at its inception, literally began around Stan Sarnoff’s dining room table at his home in Bethesda, Maryland. Several cardiologists he knew from his days in the lab joined with him as he drew plans for what we know today as the Sarnoff Foundation. Dr. Arnold (“Arnie”) Katz was one of those cardiologists. Arnie continued the legacy of his father, Dr. Louis Katz, who, as a colleague of Stan’s in the lab, was one of the renowned research scientists of his day. Arnie envisioned and was the first Chair of the Scientific Committee; he began the process of nationalizing the search for fellows at all of the medical schools in the U.S. Arnie stayed involved in the Foundation ever since, as a Board of Directors member and sponsor of many fellows from the University of Connecticut. Sadly, Arnie passed away in January 2016. His family, along with the Sarnoff Foundation Board of Directors, has established the Dr. Arnold Katz Achievement Award in his memory, to be given annually to a member of the Sarnoff community who demonstrates exceptional mentoring and the pursuit of science.
The first Annual Dr. Arnold Katz Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Alan Kono during the Foundation’s 36th Annual Scientific Meeting. Alan was the first Sarnoff Fellow as a medical student from Dartmouth and had a close personal relationship with Dr. Katz for over 35 years. Alan is currently the Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Program and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. He has given promotional presentations to medical students at Dartmouth every year for almost 15 years and has sponsored a number of Fellowship applicants from Dartmouth and four former Fellows: Natalia Berry, Suparna Chandra, Julia Glaser and Paul McKie. In addition, Alan has served in many leadership roles during his career and mentored many medical students and trainees. The Foundation is grateful for Alan’s continued dedication and support over the past 36 years.