In 1996 he received the TCT Career Achievement Award and in 1997 he was awarded the Wenkebach Prize of the Dutch Heart Foundation. In 2000 he was awarded the Gruentzig Award of the European Society of Cardiology. In 2001 he held the Paul Dudley White Lecture at the American Heart Association in the USA. In 2004 he held the 4th international lecture at the AHA and Mikamo lecture at the Japanese Heart Association. In 2006 he received the highest award of the Clinical Council of the American Heart Association – the James Herrick Award.
Dr. Leon has co-authored over 900 publications, has performed over 7,000 interventional procedures and has had a major impact on the development of modern interventional vascular devices and therapies.
He is presently takes seat as the Chairman Emeritus of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). He is the Director and Founder of Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics, the largest dedicated meeting in interventional vascular therapy in the world. He is the a founder of the Washington Cardiology Center and the Cardiology Research Foundation in Washington, DC. He has headed several such medical institutes and Hospitals throughout his career.
He completed a fellowship in cardiology at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Leon completed medical school at the Yale School of Medicine and his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Yale-New Haven hospital.
Prof. Abizaid has received several awards for his contribution in cardiology science. He is a presenter of 400 abstracts in numerous international meetings. He also has co-authored more than 100 research papers centering cardiology.
He is presently serves as the Chief of Coronary Interventions at Institute Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is a Visiting Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in the New York City. He is also a key faculty member of CRF and spends part of his time in Sao Paulo leading an active research program, and in New York at CRF and Columbia, where he plays an important role as a Co-Director of TCT.
Prof. Abizaid completed his medical school at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora in Brazil and his fellowship at Washington Hospital Center, in Washington, DC.
More than 65 research papers have been published by him in research areas including advanced practices of CAD treatments, PTCA and other areas in Cardiology. He is a proud recipient of the National Scholarship scheme of Ministry of Education and Culture, GOI. He was also awarded with the Dr. N. H. Patel Gold medal of cardiology (1993) by the Gujarat University.
He holds the D.M. in Cardiology from Gujarat University. He is a recipient of the prestigious Hargobind Fellowship from C. H. U. Hospital Charles Nichole, Rouen, France.
He then moved to the Centre of Cardiovascular Pathophysiology of the Department of Medicine at the University of Verona where he worked until 1995 as the responsible for the hemodynamic laboratory of the Department of Internal Medicine . In 1996 he moved to the Division of cardiology of Istituto Scientifico, San Raffaele hospital in Milan where he worked as the Director of Catheterization and Interventional Cardiology Laboratory until February 1998 and as Associated Director of Interventional Cardiology (with Dr. A. Colombo), at San Raffaele hospital until May 1999. Then he moved to the Division of Cardiology in the University of Turin as the Director of Interventional Cardiology unit where he is still working. From 2003 he is the Associated Professor of Cardiology at the University of Torino.
In 1978-1979 he spent a year at the Cardiothoarcic Institute in London (Department of Clinical Measurements directed by Dr. AF Rickards) where he undertook a training programme in the hemodynamic studies and research, and in the further year (1988-1989) at St Luke’s Hospital, Wisconsin University, Milwuakee, Interventional Cardiology directed by Dr. G Dorros, he carried out a training programme in interventional cardiology.
From 1989 until now, he has performed approximately 10,000 procedures of interventional cardiology including PTCAs, laser angioplasty, directional and rotational atherectomies, coronary stenting, IVUS, intracoronary pressure wire and flow wire studies both in elective and emergency settings. In the last two years he has also performed more than 400 peripheral angioplasty procedures, including extra-cranial carotid artery angioplasty and transcatheter treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Dr. Sheiban belongs to a number of national and international scientific societies and from 1993 to 1995 he was also a member of the Executive Board of the Italian Group of Hemodynamic Studies and Interventional Cardiology.
In 2003 he was the Associated Professor of Cardiology at the Medical Faculty of the University of Torino. He is actively involved in different research programmes on coronary stenting, restenosis, drug-eluting stents and non-stent based devices, left ventricular function in acute and chronic ischemia and in acute myocardial infarction and actively participates in several international multicenter trials in the interventional cardiology. He is also the owner of international patents on stent delivery system and the stent for bifurcation lesions. Dr. Sheiban has been an invited speaker in several national and international symposia on interventional cardiology and other aspects of ischemic heart disease.
He has also participated in writing several books and has published over 500 articles and abstracts in a wide variety of national and international journals.
He has been co-organizer of international cardiology scientific meetings & clinical trials. he has also, has been the attendee of multiple national & international conferences. He has authored several research publications concerning to stenting.
He has earned postdoctoral training in cardiology (DM) from the Lucknow University. He has completed Interventional Fellowship from the University of Rouen, France. Presently as a cardiology consultant, he is involved in teaching and training fellows and attendees in cardiology, including those appearing for the Diplomat of the National Board of Cardiology and in organizing weekly update meetings and seminars.