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Honorable Maestro Award

The Honorable Maestro Award is the Kentucky Chapter - American College of Cardiology's highest honor. The award recognizes achievements in the field of cardiology and medicine, leadership in the regional and national cardiology community, charity work, mentorship as well as vigilant care of the sick. The recipient is recognized on-stage at the Annual Meeting. Additionally, one of the national talks the following year will be named in their honor.

Honorable Maestro Recipients

2018: Roberto Bolli, MD, FAHA, FACC
University of Louisville cardiologist and researcher, Roberto Bolli, MD, FAHA, FACC, is director of U of L’s Institute of Molecular Cardiology and serves as scientific director of the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute at the university. He is also a professor and chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the School of Medicine. In the past year, he received one of the largest grants ever for medical research at the University of Louisville, to study a promising new type of adult cardiac stem cell that has the potential to treat heart failure. Dr. Bolli’s research focus has been on how to repair the heart and cure heart failure using a patient’s own stem cells. It is an approach that could revolutionize the treatment of heart disease.
2017: Juan Villafañe, MD, FACC
Juan Villafañe has practiced pediatric cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology in Kentucky since 1986 when he joined the University of Louisville to become the first pediatric cardiac electrophysiologist in the whole region. He is now a full time senior pediatric cardiologist practicing non-invasive cardiology and electrophysiology. He has a faculty appointment as Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Villafañe is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. He received his pediatric cardiology training at the University of Puerto Rico in 1981. In addition, he did a two-year fellowship at the University of Miami specializing in pediatric cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology.
2016: David Moliterno, MD, FACC
David Moliterno is a cardiologist in Lexington, Kentucky. He received his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.




  • 2015: Patrick Withrow, MD, FACC
  • 2014: Laman Gray, MD, FACC
  • 2013: Jamie Jacobs, MD, FACC
  • 2012: Morris Weiss, MD, FACC
  • 2011: Jacqueline Noonan, MD, FACC

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