UF researcher recognized for innovative vascular discoveries

Anthony A. Bavry, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine

Anthony A. Bavry, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine

Anthony A. Bavry, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine, has been named the Stop Heart Disease Researcher of the Year by the Florida Heart Research Institute.

Bavry was recognized by the FHRI Saturday at the annual meeting of the Florida chapter of the American College of Cardiology in Kissimmee, Fla., for his work in the prognosis and treatment of vascular diseases. The award is presented annually to the researcher whose work has had an extensive impact on the advancement of the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

“The future in cardiovascular medicine belongs to those who can translate clinical knowledge into patient care,” said Kathleen DuCasse, chief executive officer of the Florida Heart Research Institute, who presented the award.

Bavry also received $25,000 to support U.S. research from the Florida Heart Research Institute’s subsidiary, the Florida Heart Research Foundation. Funds are made available from proceeds of the sale of the Stop Heart Disease license plate.

“Vascular diseases are responsible for a tremendous number of deaths,” Bavry said. “In fact, vascular disease kills more patients than cancer or infectious causes. There is a lot that we can learn to better prevent and treat the manifestations of this disease.”

Bavry graduated with honors from UF, where he earned both undergraduate and medical degrees. Before returning to UF as a junior faculty member in 2008, Bavry completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Arizona, serving as chief resident. He then attended Harvard University and earned a master’s degree in public health. Bavry also completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where he served as chief fellow.

Bavry’s honors and awards include recognition by UF for excellence in teaching residents and fellows. He was a finalist in the Northwestern University Cardiovascular Young Investigators’ Forum and won first place in “Best of the Best Abstracts” at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention’s 29th Annual Scientific Sessions. Bavry was honored at the Second Annual Cardiology Fellows’ Clinical Research Conference as the Distinguished Young Investigator for his contribution to cardiovascular research and received the Best Research Project award from the Cleveland Clinic’s Fellows Research Grand Rounds.

Board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology, Bavry has already authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, written seven book chapters and edited his own textbook, “Acute Coronary Syndromes in Clinical Practice,” and is currently editing two more.

“Since joining our faculty, he continues to make a notable impact. He is mentoring a number of our fellows on various research projects,” said Carl J. Pepine, M.D., a professor of medicine at UF’s College of Medicine, in Bavry’s nomination letter.

“I cannot envision a better recipient for this award than Anthony Bavry. He is on a path of excellence and I am delighted that he is a member of our faculty.”