UA’s Dr. Michael Seckeler Receives Prestigious ‘Young Investigator Award’ from American Heart Association

Award recognizes early career investigators who are performing high-quality research in the field of pediatric cardiovascular disease.

Michael Seckeler, MD, MSc, University of Arizona assistant professor of cardiology in the Department of Pediatrics, has been awarded the “Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, Early Career Investigator Award” by the American Heart Association (AHA).

The Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young (CVDY) Early Investigator Award recognizes early career investigators who are performing high-quality research in the field of pediatric cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Seckeler received  the award at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions annual “CVDY Council Dinner”  Nov. 19 in Dallas.

The AHA’s Scientific Sessions is the leading cardiovascular meeting for basic, translational, clinical and population science in the United States, with more than 18,000 cardiovascular experts from more than 105 countries, in addition to more than 1.5 million virtual professional attendees.

Dr. Seckeler received the award for his project, “Development and Validation of an Accurate Predictive Equation for Oxygen Consumption in Congenital Heart Disease.”

“My project identifies factors that lead to inaccurate assumptions in oxygen consumption using a popular predictive equation,” said Dr. Seckeler.

Oxygen consumption is a critical component of the calculations used in the catheterization lab to understand a patient’s themodynamics—pressure and flow within the heart, lungs and body. “Once those factors were identified, we developed a new equation and prospectively validated it,” he explained. “The hope is that widespread adoption of the new equation will lead to more accurate measurements of thermodynamics in children with congenital heart disease undergoing cardiac catheterization.”