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UI professor receives American Heart Association achievement award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa College of Medicine professor has received the American Heart Association's Award of Meritorious Achievement.

Dr. Harold P. Adams, professor of neurology and director of the UI Department of Neurology's division of cerebrovascular diseases, received the award on June 20 during the association's annual delegate assembly in Dallas.

The award is given to American Heart Association volunteers for accomplishments or projects that have advanced the association's objectives.

Adams, who has been chair of the association's stroke council since 1995, was honored for increasing the visibility of stroke in all parts of the association. He revised the guidelines for developing medical and scientific statements about stroke and has led the association's effort to collaborate with the American Academy of Neurology on joint guidelines for treatment of acute stroke.

Adams received bachelor's degrees from Drake University in Des Moines and the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. After receiving his medical degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., he completed a residency in neurology at the UI. He joined the UI faculty in 1976, and has been involved with the American Heart Association since 1978.