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Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, has presented Dr. Nathan D. Wong with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

In all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Wong is a cardiovascular epidemiologist and specialist in preventive cardiology. He is currently Professor and Director, Heart Disease Prevention Program, Division of Cardiology at the University of California, Irvine, where he has been on faculty since 1988.

Wong has specialized in outcomes research on diabetes, lipids, subclinical atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease for more than 30 years, and he has also been an investigator on numerous clinical trials on lipids and other aspects of preventive cardiology.

He has authored more than 350 peer-reviewed manuscripts and seven textbooks, including co-editing Preventive Cardiology: Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease and ASPC Manual of Preventive Cardiology, as well as being the editor-in-chief of two editions of the textbook Preventive Cardiology.

Dr. Nathan Wong, a Dana Point resident, has been presented with the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to cardiovascular research. Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Wong

He is currently executive editor of the American Journal of Preventive Cardiology, an editor for Global Heart, editorial board member of several other journals, and editor for the Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Clinical Topic Collection.

Wong lectures locally, nationally and internationally on various topics in preventive cardiology and enjoys teaching and mentoring students, medical residents, and cardiology fellows.

Currently, Dr. Wong is president-elect of the Interamerican Heart Foundation, promoting advocacy and research on heart health in Latin America. In 2011, Dr. Wong was the recipient of Jan Kellerman Memorial Award for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and received a Distinguished Fellowship from the International Academy of Cardiology in 2014 from the International Academy of Cardiology.

Through Dr. Wong’s work educating health care providers in the Southeastern European Balkan Region, he was elected an International Academician of the Republic of Srpska Academy of Sciences and Arts, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as elected a full professor of the European Center for Peace and Development established by the United Nations for his work co-directing an annual summer school on cardiovascular diseases in the region.

Wong feels it is important to talk about heart disease. In a 2019 interview, he told the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases:

“More than two-thirds of patients with diabetes will die of cardiovascular-related illnesses such as coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, and peripheral arterial disease,” Wong said. “For women with diabetes, the risks for different forms of cardiovascular disease are three to seven times greater compared with women who do not have diabetes. For men with diabetes, the risk is two to three times greater.”

A native of Southern California, Dr. Wong is a longtime resident of Dana Point. He is an avid outdoorsman and has been a member of the Sierra Club since 1978.

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