Carlos I. Mena-Hurtado, M.D., HS ’04, FW ’10, assistant professor of medicine (cardiovascular), has received the Order of Merit, Gold Category, from the University of Antioquia in Colombia, where he received his medical degree in 1999.
The order is awarded every two or three years to alumni who have made original contributions in their field and are recognized by their peers and the scientific community. They must also have had an impact on the field of medicine, either through advances in basic or clinical science, or by advancing health care in South America.
Honorees are chosen by a committee that includes the university president, the head of the awards committee, the governor of the state of Antioquia, the mayor of the state capital of Medellin, previous award recipients, and external advisors.
Mena-Hurtado was honored for promoting policy changes in the treatment of patients with peripheral vascular disease, particularly critical limb ischemia, in Brazil, Chile, and Colombia; his role in clinical trials that led to approval of new devices for treating peripheral vascular disease; and for his training of fellows and medical students.