The medical director of Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation at St Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis, part of Ascension Indiana, received the 2019 Red Dress Award in New York City on Feb. 12 from Woman’s Day magazineas a way to celebrate those who have helped other women receive life-saving.”

Cardiologist Mary Norine Walsh, MD, MACC, was honored alongside actors Angela Bassett and Chandra Wilson and the founders of GirlTrek, the largest public health nonprofit for African-American women.

Dr. Walsh “is fighting to make sure living a heart-healthy life is easier for everyone,” Woman’s Day said. “Helping patients make good personal choices is very important, but legislation on the local and federal level can impact the entire population,” she told the publication.

Dr. Walsh was President of the American College of Cardiology from 2017 to 2018 — the first mother ever to hold the position — and made engaging members in advocacy a top goal.

She told Woman’s Day that the women she sees every day who have succeeded are her heroes.

“Last week I had a patient with coronary artery disease come in for an annual follow-up who proudly told me she hadn’t had a cigarette in nine months,” Dr. Walsh said. “She lives with a smoker, so that is huge. We had a lot of high-fives for her that day.”