Past President, American Heart Association; Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurology, University of Miami

Ralph L. Sacco, MD, MS, is the Chairman of Neurology, Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, Miller Professor of Neurology, Epidemiology, and Human Genetics at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami and Chief of the Neurology Service at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was the former Professor of Neurology and Director of the Stroke and Critical Care Division at the Neurological Institute of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, and the Sergievsky Center. 

Dr. Sacco is a fellow of the Stroke and Epidemiology Councils of the American Heart Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, a member of the American Neurological Association, past chair of the Clinical Research Committee of the American Academy of Neurology, and on the Medical Advisory Board of the Hazel K. Goddess Fund for Stroke Research in Women. He is a past member of the Epidemiology and Disease Control-3 NIH Study Section, NINDS Neuroscience Training Review Committee, and FDA Advisory Panel for Central and Peripheral Nervous System Drugs. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association, and a current member of the Board for the American Academy of Neurology and past president of the New York City AHA Board. He is a past member of the Stroke Prevention Advisory Panel of the National Stroke Association and past chair of the Stroke Advisory Committee of the American Stroke Association. After having completed a year as President-Elect of the American Heart Association, Dr. Sacco is now serving as President of the American Heart Association for the 2010-11 term.