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Fuentes Honored for Service to Community
He has championed active prevention of cardiovascular risk factors before a heart attack or stroke
Francisco Fuentes, M.D., the Theodore R. and Maureen O'Driscoll-Levy Professor in Cardiology at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, has received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and also was named a 2006 honoree of the American Heart Association's Cultural Initiatives.
A representative from Congressman Al Green's office presented Fuentes the certificate Oct. 3 for his tireless efforts in cultural service to the community.
"Fuentes needs to receive this special recognition, as he has been a leader in championing active prevention of cardiovascular risk factors before major events (strokes/heart attacks) happen. Dr. Fuentes is working where cardiologists can make the most difference," said David D. McPherson, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Cardiology.
Fuentes devotes time to the community and has been a volunteer at the San José Clinic in downtown Houston for 18 years. He has been a part of the Houston medical system for 34 years, and his work has been recognized by organizations spanning two continents, three countries and throughout the nation. As a 2006 honoree, this was Fuentes' 11th honor from the American Heart Association.
"We must bring the focus to prevention," Fuentes said. "The country spends roughly $671 billion per year on health costs for diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke. With awareness, we can reduce this number."
Fuentes was presented with the two awards during the 2006 American Heart Association Conozca Su Corazón luncheon in Houston.
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