Dr. Ali Malik of Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute a Finalist for Jay D. Coffman Early Investigator Award from the American Heart Association

November 13, 2019

Dr. Ali Malik, a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute T32 Clinical Cardiologist and Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Fellow at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, is a finalist for the American Heart Association’s 2019 Jay D. Coffman Early Career Investigator Award sponsored by the Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD). His abstract is titled Higher Perceived Stress Levels Are Associated with an Increased Long-Term Mortality Risk: A Landmark Analysis in Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease.

The award recognizes the research and background of an outstanding PVD student, trainee, or early career investigator and encourages participation in the American Heart Association (AHA). The winner will be announced at the AHA’s annual Scientific Sessions November 16-18 in Philadelphia.

“Chronic stress is highly prevalent, and directly impacts outcomes in patients with peripheral artery disease,” Dr. Malik said. “It is important to realize that stress is a reversible risk factor and evidence-based interventions that have shown to attenuate impact of stress in patients after a heart attack could work in people with peripheral artery disease who have almost a similar cardiovascular risk. We hope to highlight these points in our presentation at the AHA.”

Dr. Malik earned his medical degree from Aga Khan University Medical College Pakistan. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine and has been a fellow with Saint Luke’s since 2018. In 2020, Dr. Malik will begin a Cardiovascular Disease Clinical Fellowship at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.

“I think of my career as an opportunity to be a source of benefit to others. My passion is to have a career that is systematically dedicated in a very organized way towards improving quality of life of everyone and decrease the pain and suffering caused by disease all over the world.”

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