Established in 2003, the Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes outstanding and widely recognized achievement, particularly by one who exemplifies the standards and objectives of the School of Medicine and Dentistry through personal conduct, professional accomplishments, and community service. Distinct preference is given to one whose achievements have a significant impact on the medical field on a national and global scale. The recipient is chosen by the School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Council.
As an internationally renowned expert on genetic and acquired heart rhythm disorders, Dr. Arthur Moss has changed the treatment of heart disease worldwide, saving countless lives along the way. Revolutionizing cardiac care through his groundbreaking research and studies on Long QT syndrome (LQTS), Dr. Moss created the LQTS Registry, the first gene registry for any disease in the world which identified patients at risk for the life-threatening disorder. A pioneer of the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), a device that detects potentially fatal arrhythmias and shocks the heart back into its normal rhythm, he discovered the only treatment that prevents sudden death in high risk cardiac patients. Today, tens of thousands of heart attack survivors benefit from ICD therapy each year. His commitment to patient care led to the formation of the University of Rochester’s Heart Research Follow-up Program, the nation’s most successful research group studying sudden cardiac death. His research has prompted changes in medical guidelines nationwide, identifying and serving more patients at risk for sudden cardiac death. For his lasting contributions to medicine, and the well-being of cardiac patients worldwide, we are proud to honor Dr. Arthur Moss as one of our most distinguished alumni.