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A National Award and Appointment for Riegel

Barbara Riegel, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA, the Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor of Gerontology at Penn Nursing, recently received a national award for her contributions to improving the care of patients with advanced heart failure, and has been appointed to a national task force dedicated to cardiovascular science.

Riegel will receive the 2017 Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) Nursing Leadership Award at the group’s 21st Annual Scientific Meeting in Dallas, Texas, which begins September 16th. The award is bestowed upon an individual whose work has made significant contributions toward improving the care of patients with advanced heart failure, who has engaged in pioneering work that improved the care of patients with advanced heart failure, and is representative of outstanding dedication and service to the profession and to the Society.

And it’s that pioneering and innovative approach to her research that also earned her an invitation from the American Heart Association (AHA) to serve as a member of the Joint American College of Cardiology (ACC)/AHA Task Force on Clinical Performance Guidelines (TFPG). The TFPG develops and promotes guidelines for the AHA/ACC and serves as a source of expertise for the two organizations. Its duties include oversight of all policies and methodological aspects of guideline development. The task force specifically defines strategies for clinical evaluation and optimal management of patients with cardiovascular disease, including the roles of noninvasive and invasive procedures. Her two-year appointment began in July of this year and runs through June 2019.