Angela Sharkey, MD, FAAP, Professor of Pediatrics and Special Advisor to the Dean for Education Innovation at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, was awarded the 2023 Alexander S. Nadas Lecture by the American Heart Association (AHA).
Dr. Sharkey is a pediatric cardiologist with a special interest in Marfan syndrome and in fetal cardiology. She has been an active member of the American Heart Association’s Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young, having served on the Early Career and Mentoring Committee and the AHA Committee on Lifelong Learning. Dr. Sharkey has been an invited presenter at the AHA career development workshops, at the AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Program for Women in Medicine and Science (MidWIMS), and in the American Academy of Pediatrics PREP and PPC courses. She has spoken nationally on career advancement in academic medicine, peer group mentoring, conflict management, and team function.
While at Washington University, Dr. Sharkey served as a site principal investigator for the NIH-sponsored Pediatric Heart Network clinical trial on medical therapy for children and young adults with Marfan syndrome. She is co-founder of Camp Rhythm, an overnight camp experience for children with congenital heart disease.
The Alexander S. Nadas Lecture, sponsored by the Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young, was established in 1986 by the Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young to honor Dr. Nadas, who is recognized as one of the pioneers of pediatric cardiology. Dr. Nadas is known for his teaching of fellows. Both directly and indirectly through those he has trained, he is responsible for many of the advances that have made pediatric cardiology in the U.S. second to none. He was an active supporter of AHA and the Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young for many years.