Program Overview & History

Dr. McCueThe Dr. Carolyn McCue Award for Woman Cardiologist of the Year is a program of the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center, made possible by a grant from the McCue family. The award honors the late Carolyn Moore McCue, MD, who was a national pioneer in pediatric cardiology.

The award was established in 2008 and again presented in 2009, and has now resumed in the year 2022. Past recipients include: C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D. (2008), Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D. (2009), Sharonne N. Hayes, M.D. (2022).  The award carries a monetary prize of $7500 and is presented at the Heart Health in Women Symposium held in Richmond, Virginia annually.


VCUSOM About Dr. McCue


Dr. Carolyn McCue (1916-1999) was one of the few female cardiologists of her time and a pioneer in the field of pediatric cardiology. Dr. McCue practiced at the Medical College of Virginia (now VCU Health) for 42 years and was the first woman elected president of the 187-year-old Richmond Academy of Medicine. Dr. McCue created and chaired MCV’s Pediatric Cardiology Division for 20 years, during which she was also instrumental in establishing pediatric cardiology clinics in medically underserved communities throughout Virginia.

Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Mayo Rochester

Dr. Sharonne HayesWe are extremely proud to announce the 2022 Dr. Carolyn McCue Award for Woman Cardiologist of the Year to Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Mayo Rochester. Dr. Hayes’ mentorship, career development of women, advancement of women in science, development of a multidisciplinary women’s cardiovascular program, success in bringing gender issues in cardiology to the forefront, development of a multi-disciplinary Women’s Cardiovascular Clinic, orchestration and support of Women Heart, pioneering work in Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) and bringing the disease process to awareness, and more recently her work in diversity, equity, bias, and inclusion stood her apart.

We were honored to present Dr. Hayes with her award at the 7th Annual VCU Health Pauley Heart Center Heart Health in Women Symposium on February 5, 2022. Dr. Hayes’ served as the keynote speaker with her lecture titled “Climate Change”: Addressing Biases and Other Barriers to Optimal Cardiovascular Care for Women.

Dr. McCueThe award is limited to a woman Adult or Pediatric cardiologist who is currently practicing in the United States or another country. The candidate must possess an M.D., D.O., or equivalent international medical degree and be 10 years or more post-med school.  The candidate must have had an academic affiliation for the majority of her career. The candidate must be a woman cardiologist who is recognized nationally/internationally for important contributions to the general field of Adult or Pediatric Cardiology through clinical care, research, teaching, and leadership in mentoring. While a candidate may not be outstanding in all of these skills, she must excel in one or more. Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by a peer.

Nominations for the Dr. Carolyn McCue Award for Woman Cardiologist of the Year will is now closed. Presentation of the Award and a monetary prize of $7500 will be made at the Heart Health in Women Symposium in Richmond in February 2023. The awardee will also be asked to give a 30-minute scientific presentation at the Symposium.

  • Nominations for the Dr. Carolyn McCue Award for Woman Cardiologist of the Year is now closed.


McCue Award Nomination Form