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John G. Harold, M.D., Receives AHA's "Passion of the Heart" Award

Patients know cardiologist John G. Harold, M.D., as an excellent, caring physician. Colleagues remark on his integrity and skillful leadership at Cedars-Sinai. And charitable organizations -- especially those devoted to heart-related issues -- appreciate his energetic commitment to raising funds for their causes.

On April 14, Harold was recognized for all of these contributions when he was presented with the "Passion of the Heart" award at the annual Heart Awards Gala hosted by the American Heart Association's Western States Affiliate. The "Passion of the Heart" award is the highest recognition of a physician by the organization.

Harold, who joined Cedars-Sinai's medical staff in 1985, recently served as chief of staff, one of several leadership positions he has held at the medical center.

He currently serves as president of the California Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and as ACC governor for Southern California; as well as being a board member of organizations such as the American Heart Association, the American Board of Internal Medicine, Save A Heart Foundation and the Heart Fund at Cedars-Sinai.

Pictured (l-r) John Harold, M.D., Asher Kimchi, M.D., Prediman K. Shah, M.D., comedian Dana Carvey.

Among his many philanthropic activities, Harold chaired the 2003 and 2006 American Heart Association Heart Awards Gala and he co-chaired the Save A Heart Foundation galas from 1999 to 2002.

"Helping to raise money to increase heart disease research, expand preventive education and improve treatments gives me great satisfaction," Harold said.

The first-generation son of Irish immigrants, Harold was born in California but grew up in the Bronx, New York, receiving his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After completing his internal medicine training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, he came to Cedars-Sinai in 1982 to complete a three-year cardiology fellowship under the direction of his mentor, Jeremy Swan, M.D., chairman of the Division of Cardiology from 1965 to 1987.

Harold received the award from Prediman K. Shah, M.D., director of the Division of Cardiology and the Atherosclerosis Research Center at Cedars-Sinai, and Asher Kimchi, M.D., a Cedars-Sinai cardiologist who was the recipient of last year's "Passion of the Heart" award. Both presenters were honorary medical chairs of the event and Shah currently serves as president of the Western States Affiliate.