Robert A. Harrington, M.D., FAHA
Immediate Past President
Dr. Harrington served as president of the American Heart Association (AHA) for 2019-20. He is a world-renowned interventional cardiologist and clinical investigator in the area of heart disease and Arthur L. Bloomfield Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Stanford University. He was previously the Richard Sean Stack, MD Distinguished Professor and the Director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) at Duke University.
His research interests include evaluating antithrombotic therapies to treat acute ischemic heart disease and to minimize the acute complications of percutaneous coronary procedures. Committed to training and mentorship, Dr. Harrington has served as the principal mentor for more than 20 post-doctoral clinical research fellows. He has authored more than 520 peer-reviewed manuscripts, reviews, book chapters, and editorials, and has served on the editorial boards of numerous highly regarded medical journals over his distinguished career. He is senior editor of the 13th and 14th editions of Hurst’s The Heart, one of the leading textbooks of cardiovascular medicine.
Dr. Harrington is currently a member of the American Heart Association’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Science Advisory and Coordinating Committee and served as Chair for the Association’s Committee on Scientific Session Program in 2013 and 2014.