Inaugural CycleNation NYC Honors ‘Stroke Hero’ Dr. Philip Stieg

World-renowned neurosurgeon, professor and philanthropist  honored for improving stroke outcomes

New York, NY, April 24, 2018 — The American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, will host the first annual CycleNation event in New York City on May 3, 2018. That evening, a leading champion for heart and brain health, Philip E. Stieg, Ph.D., M.D. will receive the National Stroke Hero Award for his unparalleled support of the Association and for going above and beyond in his call of duty to improve stroke outcomes.

Dr. Phlip Stieg speaks at The 25th Annual New York City Heart & Stroke Ball at Pier 60 in New York, NY on June 8, 2016. (Photo by Stephen Smith)

“It is an honor to receive this award from the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association.  There is still much work to be done to prevent, treat and defeat stroke,” said Dr. Stieg, President of the New York City Board of the American Heart Association, Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.  “Stroke ranks number five among all causes of death and is a leading cause of serious long-term disability in the U.S. In spite of our progress, someone in the U.S. has a stroke about once every 40 seconds and stroke kills someone in our country about every 3 minutes and 45 seconds. The good news is that recent studies suggest that physical activity, like cycling, can help maintain strong brain function and mental sharpness. Cycling can also prevent heart disease and aid in faster recovery for stroke patients.”

As an acclaimed neurosurgeon, dedicated researcher,  academician, and philanthropic leader, Dr. Philip Stieg represents the core values and mission of the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association. According to Kathy Kauffmann, Senior Vice President, American Heart Association in New York City,  “We owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Stieg for his many years of service toward advancing our purpose  to build a world free of heart disease and stroke. We are delighted to honor and recognize Dr. Stieg’s  significant leadership and advocacy for stroke prevention and remediation.”

The National Stroke Hero Award recognizes individuals who are active in the community as an advocate, volunteer, philanthropist or civic leader. Recipients often have made exceptional contributions through volunteer service. The recipient is well known and serves the community with distinction and excellence.

CycleNation is a movement to empower Americans to use cycling to help improve their health while raising funds to continue vital community programs and support research to end stroke and heart disease. For more information about CycleNation NYC please contact Tara Kleshefsky at 212-878-5907 or at CycleNation is nationally sponsored by Amgen Cardiovascular.


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