Ascension Seton doctor receives top cardiology honor


Ascension Seton Heart Institute’s George P. Rodgers, MD, awarded Distinguished Fellowship Award

George P. Rodgers, MD, FACC, has been awarded the 2017 Distinguished Fellowship Award by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in honor of his contributions to the cardiovascular profession. Rodgers was recognized for these achievements along with all 2017 Distinguished Award winners at the Convocation Ceremony on March 19 during the ACC’s 66th Annual Scientific Session in Washington.

“This is the pinnacle of my career in serving my profession, and I truly embrace the American College of Cardiology’s mission,” said Rodgers, a cardiologist at Ascension Seton Heart Institute. “My ongoing role with the College over the last 22 years has been a labor of love,” said Rodgers, who has led various national committees, writing groups and boards over the course of his profession. Ascension Seton is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

The Distinguished Fellowship Award is awarded to a fellow of the American College of Cardiology who is well recognized for service to the College and whose activities are considered to qualify this person as a role model for others.

A visionary leader in heart care

“This distinguished honor is fitting for Dr. Rodgers who has been a visionary leader in the field for cardiology for many years,” said Mary Walsh, MD, FACC, President, American College of Cardiology. “He’s not only an exceptional physician, but a great friend and colleague,” said Walsh, a cardiologist at Ascension’s St. Vincent.

Rodgers graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Geology. He received his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he also did his residency training. He completed his cardiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.

Rodgers began his cardiology career in private practice as a cardiologist in Austin in 1989 and became President of Austin Heart. Under Dr. Rodger’s leadership Austin Heart evolved into the largest cardiology group in Central Texas. He has had a long and outstanding career in clinical cardiology and has been a role model through service, teaching, and clinical research mentoring generations of cardiovascular trainees.

Eighteen Distinguished Awards were presented at the ACC’s Annual Scientific Session this year, each recognizing an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine. Recipients are nominated by their peers and then selected by the American College of Cardiology Awards Committee.