Announcing Recipients of MHIF Physician Leadership and Distinguished Service Awards

May 1, 2024
Leadership and Service Awards 2024

We are announcing and celebrating two physicians who received prominent awards created to recognize leadership and service. Both MHIF awards were established to honor the legacy of two incredible leaders and individuals.

Dr. Emmanouil Brilakis was awarded the 2024 Ray Bentdahl Distinguished Service Award for his commitment to leading the work of the MHIF Center for Coronary Artery Disease – advancing care and outcomes for patients, especially in the treatment of chronic total occlusions (CTOs). This award recognizes an individual’s contributions to the Foundation and accomplishments as an outstanding leader, mentor, philanthropist, educator, or researcher and honors the legacy of Ray Bentdahl, a business leader who understood the value of community investment – going back to his early friendship with MHI Founder Dr. Robert Van Tassel and the beginning of MHIF.

Dr. Michael Miedema was awarded the 2024 Robert G. Hauser Leadership Award for his leadership of the MHIF Nolan Family Center for Cardiovascular Health – driving innovation in preventive cardiology research and education. This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates visionary leadership and honors the legacy of Dr. Hauser, a physician leader and founder who contributed to innovative research, advancing clinical practice and developing MHIF into a world-class research organization.

These awards are a significant honor, showing appreciation for the tireless dedication, exceptional skills, and profound impact these physicians have on their patients, colleagues, and communities – and an encouragement to continue their exemplary work. The recognition of these awards often extends beyond the individual recipient to their teams, mentors, and support networks, highlighting the collaborative nature of world-class cardiovascular research and education.

As we celebrate these recipients and honor our founding legacies, we also remain grateful for our physician partners who continue to significantly support MHIF’s efforts to lead world-class research that advances clinical care for our patients and community.

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The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) strives to create a world without heart and vascular disease. To achieve this bold vision, we are dedicated to improving the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities through innovative research and education.

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Since 2002, MHIF's Clinical Research Internship Program has hosted 235+ students for a unique physician-mentored cardiovascular research internship for undergraduate students. Interns not only gain exceptional experience that helps them prepare for medical school, they also help move MHIF research forward.

Community support is key to our ability to enlist the highest level of talent with annual internship costs exceeding $25,000 per intern. Build new opportunities for the next generation of world-class physician researchers by making a MATCHED gift by May 31st!