Kalra Hospital & SRCNC honoured Samin K. Sharma, MD, FACC, FSCAI with the Coeur d'Or (Heart of Gold) Award on World Heart Day (September 29, 2013).
Dr. Sharma is Director of Clinical and Interventional Cardiology, and Co-Director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY, USA. He is also a Professor of Medicine, Cardiology at the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY, USA.
Dr. Samin K. Sharma performs over 1500 complex coronary interventions annually (the highest in the country) while achieving an extremely low complication rate. According to New York State Department of Health reports (1994-2002, 2006-2008), he has the highest angioplasty success rate and lowest mortality <0.2% for an interventional cardiologist in NY state since 1994, receiving prestigious **Star designation (significantly lower than expected mortality). Under Dr. Sharma’s leadership, Mount Sinai Hospital Cardiac Cath Lab has become one of the best and busiest centers in New York, providing state-of-the-art cardiac and structural CAD care for all types of simple and complex heart patients. In addition to coronary interventions, Dr. Sharma specializes in the non-surgical treatment of mitral and aortic stenosis, and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
Dr. Sharma serves on the Cardiac Advisory Board of the New York State since 2004 for coronary interventions that advises the health department and the Governor on issues of health policies and supervision, and safety and appropriateness of the heart care by various hospitals in New York. Dr. Sharma received the Governor’s Award of Excellence (2006) for his outstanding contribution to Medicine. Dr. Sharma also has passion for teaching and fellows enjoy learning from his expertise, so much so they awarded him the Simon Dack Best Teacher in cardiology division in 2000, and Cardiology Fellows Appreciation Award in 2009. Dr. Sharma travels to India 4-6 times a year to teach the art of angioplasty to Indian cardiologists. He is the vice-president of the Rajasthan development foundation, and donated medical equipment worth one lakh Rs/month for six years (2001-2007) to the Chief Minister relief fund to help Rajasthan’s people in need. In addition to various academic awards, Dr. Sharma also received numerous awards from non-academic societies such as the “Rajasthan Gaurav,” given by the Sanskriti organization of Rajasthan and the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Award.
Under the directorship of Dr. Sharma, The Live Symposium of Complex Coronary & Vascular Cases (www.cccsympsoium.org) was started in 1998, and has had overwhelming response every year (attended by >500 delegates). Major emphasis of the live course has been the technical aspects of safely performing complex coronary interventions. In July 2009, Dr. Sharma launched a monthly live web series, (www.ccclivecases.org), a revolutionary teaching tool in interventional cardiology globally. Dr. Sharma started this interactive experience for the viewer by providing streamed real-time procedures with a concurrent on-line discussion in which questions submitted via email are answered live. This program focuses on helping the audience understand the complexity of interventional disease management. Dr. Sharma partnered with Medscape/theheart.org in September 2010, to enhance this live webcast globally and widen his audience and is now attended by >5000 registrants per webcast.
A regular fixture on international, national and local TV stations, newspapers and magazines, Dr. Sharma has been the focus of news stories for outlets like The Today Show, TV Asia, ITV, CBS, NBS, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Businessweek, Business Pulse, India Abroad, India Today, Barron’s, Forbes, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Crain’s New York Business, Newsday, New York Post, New York Sun, Earthtimes, India Today.
Dr. Sharma has been the recipient of numerous awards for excellence to the medical society and the community, to name a few recent ones: 2011 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 2011 American Heart Association, Achievement in Cardiovascular Science & Medicine Award, 2011 American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), 2010 Association of Indians in America (AIA) for excellence in Medicine, 2010 Honored by AAPI forum of Tri-state area for academic excellence, 2003-2007 Best Doctors, 2008-2011 Super Doctors, 2007 Jacobi Medallion Award at Mount Sinai Hospital, 2007 Physician of the Year at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Dr. Sharma received his medical degree from S.M.S. Medical College in 1978, Jaipur, India, where he was ranked number one student in his medical school and state university, receiving eight gold medals and five honors. In 1983, he came to New York to undergo residency in Internal Medicine at the NY Infirmary-Beekman Downtown Hospital (1983-1986), fellowship in Cardiology in Elmhurst Hospital (1986-1988), and interventional training at Mount Sinai Hospital (1988-1990). He was then appointed as an attending at Mount Sinai Hospital in 1990 where he is currently the Director of Interventional Cardiology (since 1996), Director of Clinical Cardiology (2011), Dean of International Clinical Affiliations (2011), President of Mount Sinai Heart Network (2011) and is the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Professor of Medicine, Cardiology (2002). He has authored over 130 articles, 300 abstracts, 12 book chapters and two books to his credit.