Dr. Karol Watson has been named the 2017 Elliott Rappaport Cardiologist of the Year by the American College of Cardiology, California chapter.
Watson has been a member of the Association of Black Cardiologists for more than 20 years and credits her connection to the association for her success in her career, according to a press release.
“As I reflect on my career, I realize the mentorship, friendship and career guidance I received from many ABC members was instrumental in guiding me," she said in the release. "I credit my career-long association with the ABC as one of the keys to my success. Thank you ABC and my many mentors and friends.”
Watson is an attending cardiologist and a professor of medicine/cardiology at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA), and she serves as the director of the UCLA Women's Cardiovascular Health Center, UCLA-Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program, co-director of the UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology and director of the UCLA Fellowship Program in Cardiovascular Diseases the release said.
She is also a principal investigator for a number of large National Institutes of Health research studies, such as the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study and the Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, according to the release.