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Published on January 30, 2015

Stuckey Recognized as First-Ever LeBauer Visionary Award Winner at the 2015 Guilford Heart Ball


Thomas StuckeyCone Health Medical Group HeartCare and the American Heart Association (AHA) recognized Dr. Thomas D. Stuckey as the winner of the first-ever LeBauer Visionary Award at the 2015 Guilford Heart Ball on Saturday evening. Stuckey is a cardiologist at Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare in Greensboro.

Cone Health and the AHA teamed up to establish the LeBauer Visionary Award, recognizing those individuals who have made a significant contribution to improving the cardiovascular health of our community and region, through exceptional patient care, ground breaking research and treatments, and active participation and contributions toward community health care causes. 

Nominations were made by the Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center physicians and clinical leadership. A panel of heart and vascular experts, Cone Health leadership, and AHA leadership and volunteers reviewed the nominations and selected three finalist candidates. 

Stuckey was nominated by his peers specifically for his achievements in outstanding commitment to quality care, national leadership in cardiovascular research and dedication to heart care in our community. His peers also acknowledged him for being a visionary and for helping Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center achieve national recognition.

“Having lost my mother to a heart attack when I was 10, I have been blessed to work in a community where the AHA and pioneers at Cone Health have had such an impact,” shares Stuckey. “I am humbled to be a part of that in our community.”

Stuckey completed his medical education at Ohio State University, his residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Fellowship at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association, LeBauer Cardiovascular Research Foundation and serves as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UNC School of Medicine.

Dr. Michael D. Cooper and Dr. Daniel R. Bensimhon, cardiologists at Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare in Greensboro and Burlington, were also named as finalists for the 2015 LeBauer Visionary Award.

The award is named in honor of Sidney LeBauer, the first AHA Heart Gala Community Chair, and Joseph LeBauer, one of the founding cardiologists of what is now Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare, a team of more than 30 cardiologists serving the Triad.

Nearly 360 community and business leaders attended the 2015 Guilford Heart Ball, raising more than $250,000 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education. Guests enjoyed a silent auction, gourmet dinner, live auction and dancing.

Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of both men and women in the United States. Diseases of the Heart are the 2nd leading causes of death and stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in Guilford County. However, 80% of heart disease and stroke-related illnesses are preventable with managed risk factors and heart-healthy lifestyle changes.