The American Heart Association presented one of its highest honors, the Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award, to pediatric cardiologist James H. Moller, M.D., of the University of Minnesota. The award lauded Moller “for his highly successful guidance of promising young physicians and academicians during a career that combined great personal achievement with intense devotion to the professional development of his many trainees.” Moller is Paul F. Dwan Professor in Education in Pediatric Cardiology and Professor of Pediatrics at the Minneapolis University. He received the award, a citation and honorarium, during the opening today of the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2011 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. “Throughout a noteworthy 45-year career, Dr. Moller has personified the ideal mentor,” said American Heart Association President Gordon F. Tomaselli, M.D. “Jim Moller has provided an exceptional role model of professionalism and academic excellence for countless medical students, pediatric residents and more than 100 cardiology fellows,” Tomaselli said. “He has been consistently and sincerely interested in the success of his trainees at every teaching level, bringing enthusiasm, candor, skill and dedication that enrich the learning experience.” Moller continues to reach out to his ex-students, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in their profession, the association President noted. Dr. Moller, a former President of the American Heart Association, is a widely recognized authority on congenital heart defects in children and his contributions to pediatric cardiology include improved surgical techniques and higher levels of care for young heart patients. A former chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, he has been at the University of Minnesota since 1959.