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President: Patrick T. O'Gara, MD, FACC

O'Gara is the director of clinical cardiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. His clinical activities are focused on patients with valvular heart disease, aortic disease, complex coronary artery disease and other structural heart diseases. Since 2001, he has been named annually among the Top Doctors in Boston and the U.S. O'Gara is the past co-chair of the ACC's 2012 Scientific Session program committee and has co-directed the ACC Board Review Course for Certification and Recertification for the past decade. He served as chair of the American Heart Association's (AHA's) Council on Clinical Cardiology from 2003-2005 and as editor of Heart Insight magazine from 2006 to 2011. In 2011, he received the Paul Dudley White Award from the Boston Division of the AHA Founder's Affiliate and the Laennec Master Clinician Award. In 2012, he was honored with the Laennec Clinician Educator Award. O'Gara was chair of the writing committee for the 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline for the Management of ST-Elevation MI and has participated in several other guideline, expert consensus, scientific advisory and appropriate use criteria writing groups. Additionally, he is steering committee co-chair of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Cardiothoracic Surgery Network.

President-Elect: Kim Allan Williams, Sr., MD, FACC

Williams received his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago, followed by medical school at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at Emory University, and overlapping fellowships in cardiology, clinical pharmacology, and nuclear medicine at the University of Chicago. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, nuclear medicine, nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular computed tomography. Williams joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1986. He served as professor of medicine and radiology and director of nuclear cardiology at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine until 2010, when he became the Dorothy Susan Timmis Endowed Professor and chair of the division of cardiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. In 2013, Williams assumed the position of James B. Herrick Professor and chief of the division of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

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Vice President: Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC

After graduating from the University of Florida and the University of South Florida Medical School, Chazal returned to Florida after training in cardiovascular disease at the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at Indiana University. He continues to practice clinical cardiology in Fort Myers, FL. In 2010, Chazal's single-specialty group joined Lee Memorial Health System, where he now serves as the medical director of the Heart and Vascular Institute. Within the ACC, Chazal has served in numerous leadership positions, including committee positions, treasurer and as governor of the Florida Chapter. He is currently the vice chair of the Strategic Plan Task Force.

Secretary: Michael Mansour, MD, FACC

Mansour is a graduate of Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi Medical School, and completed his internal medicine residency at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He has served as chief fellow in cardiology at the University of Florida School of Medicine and interventional fellow in cardiology at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He later served as assistant professor of medicine at the University of Florida, followed by clinical assistant professor of medicine at Emory University. Currently, he acts as an affiliate faculty in the department of medicine, University of Mississippi Medical School. His current research interest includes health care disparities, and he has worked to address disparities and improve outcomes in underserved and minority populations through his current practice, the ACC's credo initiative, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's study on health care disparities and its program: Expecting Success, and has organized community and statewide programs. Mansour's previous research interests have been in interventional cardiology and endothelial function. He holds board certifications in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular computed tomography. Currently, Mansour is an officer and member of the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi State Medical Association. In addition, he is president of the Mississippi Chapter of the ACC, as well as chair of the ACC Board of Governors and a member ACC Board of Trustees.

Treasurer: C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC

C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC

Valentine is an interventional cardiologist in Lynchburg, VA. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and named the University's outstanding senior. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his medicine and cardiology training at Emory University in Atlanta. Valentine served as chair of the Board of Governors (BOG) in 2006 and has held leadership positions on the ACC Advocacy Steering Committee and other key committees.

Immediate Past President: John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC

John G. Harold, MD, MACC

Harold is a clinical professor of Medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles. Harold completed his cardiology training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and his internal medicine training at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He holds an appointment as clinical professor of medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in cardiology in 1985 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he began his practice in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases.

Chief Executive Officer Shalom "Shal" Jacobovitz

Chief Executive Officer Shalom

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Other Members of the BOT

John E. Brush, Jr., MD, FACC

John E. Brush, Jr., MD, FACC

Brush is a practicing cardiologist at Cardiology Consultants, Ltd., in Norfolk, VA, and a member of the clinical faculty at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Brush graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1976 and earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1980. He trained in medicine at the University of Vermont School of Medicine in Burlington and underwent a cardiology fellowship training at Yale University School of Medicine. Brush's primary areas of clinical interest are catheter-based coronary revascularization and nuclear cardiology.

Joseph G. Cacchione, MD, FACC

Joseph G. Cacchione, MD, FACC

Cacchione is an interventional cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic; Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine; Arnold and Sydell Miller Heart and Vascular Institute. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Cacchione is the chair of Operations and Strategy, Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. As a leader in health care quality initiatives, he heads up Network Growth Strategy for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Previous to his tenure at the Cleveland Clinic, he was in a private practice for over 19 years and served as executive vice president and chief quality officer at Saint Vincent Health System in Erie, PA.

Paul N. Casale, MD, FACC

Casale graduated from Cornell University Medical College prior to completing an internal medicine residency at The New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. Following residency, he completed a clinical and research fellowship in Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is completing a Master of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an interventional cardiologist and chief of the Division of Cardiology at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA and serves as medical director of quality for Lancaster General Health. He is active in clinical research and medical education and is a clinical professor of medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. Casale is chair of the ACC Partners in Quality Committee and the PINNACLE Registry Steering Committee.

George D. Dangas, MD, PhD, FACC

George D. Dangas, MD, FACC

Dangas has devoted his career to education for physicians and health care professionals. A professor of medicine and director of Cardiovascular Innovation at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dangas has chaired the ACC Interventional Scientific Council since its inception in 2007. In addition, he has served on the Program Executive Committee of the ACCi2 Summit Conference since 2007. His position on the Interventional Council has allowed him to pursue his dedication to the quality initiatives and outcomes clinical research.


Joseph P. Drozda, Jr., MD, FACC

Joseph P. Drozda, Jr., MD, FACC

Drozda acts as both a cardiologist and director of Outcomes Research at Sisters of Mercy Health System. He currently chairs the College's Clinical Quality Committee, is a member of the ACC's National Cardiovascular Data Registry Management Board, and is the ACC representative for the National Quality Forum. He has been actively involved in clinical trials for almost 18 years. In his current position, he is leading the development of a health services research function at Mercy with an emphasis on the Mercy Care Model and Mercy's Patient Centered Medical Home and on comparative effectiveness research.

Blair D. Erb, Jr., MD, FACC

Blair D. Erb, Jr., MD, FACC

Erb graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Colorado College. He attained his medical degree from Vanderbilt University, where he graduated with honors receiving the Rudolph Kampmeier Prize in Clinical Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Following residency, he was selected to be chief medical resident and clinical instructor in medicine at UCSF. Subsequent to this, he completed his cardiology fellowship and served as chief fellow in cardiology at Vanderbilt University; and in 2002 founded Cardiology Consultants of Bozeman, PC. He has served as the governor of the Montana Chapter of the ACC, as well as chair of the PINNACLE Network Workgroup. Erb currently sits on the Clinical Quality Committee Steering Committee and the ACCPAC Board.

Huon H. Gray, MD, FACC

Huon H. Gray, MD, FACC

Gray received his education from St. Thomas' Hospital in London and continued his postgraduate training there, as well as at the Brompton and St. George's Hospitals before being appointed consultant cardiologist at the University Hospital in Southampton, UK. He is formerly the chair of the Assembly of International Governors of the ACC, a past-president of the British Cardiovascular Society, and is national clinical director for cardiovascular disease at the Department of Health (England).


Eileen M. Handberg, PhD, ARNP, FACC

Eileen M. Handberg, PhD, ARNP, FACC

Handberg is the director of the Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Section in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Florida. She also serves the University as an associate professor of medicine, and serves on the College CME committee. She is an alternate Institutional Review Board member and the program director for the practitioner competency assessment program Florida CARES and C.A.P. Handberg has contributed to 55 articles, which have been featured in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the Journal of Interventional Cardiology and the Journal of Women's Health among other publications. She recently qualified for the designation FACC and was the first nurse (Cardiac Care Associate) to achieve this recognition.

Robert A. Harrington, MD, FACC

Robert A. Harrington, MD, FACC

Harrington received his undergraduate degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. He attended Dartmouth Medical School and received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1986. He was an intern, resident and the chief medical resident in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He was a fellow in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center, where he received training in interventional cardiology and research training in the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Diseases. In July 2012, he moved to become the Arthur L. Bloomfield Professor and Chairman of Medicine at Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the ACC, the AHA, the ESC, the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention, and the American College of Chest Physicians.

Robert C. Hendel, MD, FACC

Hendel received his Bachelor of Arts degree in biological sciences and education from Northwestern University before receiving his medical degree, with distinction, from George Washington University School of Medicine. He is currently the associate chief of clinical cardiology, director of cardiac imaging and professor of medicine and radiology at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Additionally, he currently serves as the chief for cardiovascular service and director of the cardiac care unit at the University of Miami Hospital. Hendel's areas of research have included angiogenesis, attenuation-corrected SPECT imaging, patient risk stratification, and pharmacologic stress testing, and quality/appropriateness in cardiac imaging.

David R. Holmes, Jr., MD, MACC

David R. Holmes, Jr., MD, MACC

Holmes is the Edward W. and Betty Knight Scripps Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and an interventional cardiologist in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He earned a B.S. from Princeton University in 1967 and a medical degree from Marquette University in 1971. He completed his internship at the Virginia Mason Hospital & Medical Center in Seattle and pursued a fellowship in both internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases at the Mayo Clinic. After completing active duty in the Navy at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Holmes returned to the Mayo Clinic as a consultant. Holmes has also served as the president of the ACC.

Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC

Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC

Kovacs is a professor of clinical medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the clinical director of the Krannert Institute. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, Kovacs completed an internship and residency at the Indiana University Medical Center. His fellowship training also was at Indiana University, where he served as chief fellow and chief medical resident. He also serves as physician advisor to the Cardiac Diagnostics Department at Clarian West Hospital, is vice-chairman of the Cardiovascular Sub-Section at Clarian North Hospital and serves as acting chief of the Cardiology Service at Wishard Memorial Hospital. He is a past-chair of the ACC Board of Governors and secretary of the College, 2010-11

Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM, FACC

Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM, FACC

Krumholz is the Harold H. Hines Jr. Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health in the Section of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Yale College in 1980 and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1985. He completed his residency and was chief resident at Moffitt Hospital, University of California San Francisco. Krumholz completed a cardiology fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He also received a Master's degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1992. Krumholz' research is focused on determining optimal clinical strategies and identifying opportunities for improvement in the prevention, treatment and outcome of cardiovascular disease, with an emphasis on under-represented populations. He is leading efforts with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop national outcomes measures for public reporting of hospital performance.

Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC

Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC

Mack has practiced cardiothoracic surgery in Dallas, TX, since 1982. He is Board-certified in internal medicine, general surgery and thoracic surgery, and is currently medical director of cardiovascular surgery for Baylor Health Care System and director of cardiovascular research at the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. In addition, he co-founded and is chair of the Cardiopulmonary Research Science and Technology Institute (CRSTI), a not-for-profit research organization, and is published in more than 350 peer-reviewed medical publications. Mack currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and CTSNet, and sits on the ACC Interventional Scientific Council. He is also the chair of the STS/ACC TVT Registry Steering Committee and an honorary member of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

David May, MD, PhD, FACC

David May, MD, PhD, FACC

May currently works as a managing partner at his private practice, Cardiovascular Specialists, PA (CVS). He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Louisville and, in 1980, received his medical degree summa cum laude from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Following medical school, he completed his PhD in pharmacology and toxicology at the same institution. May is a past Board of Governors chair and secretary of the College, 2013-14.


Debra L. Ness, MS

Ness graduated summa cum laude from Drew University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology, and completed her graduate work in social welfare and public health policy before receiving a Master's of Science from Columbia University School of Social Work. Ness has been a strong advocate for fairness and social justice for more than three decades. Before assuming her current role as president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, she served as executive vice president for 13 years. Ness has played a leading role in positioning the Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization as a powerful and effective advocate for today's women and families.

Jane W. Newburger, MD, MPH, FACC

Newburger received a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1971, a doctor of medicine degree alpha omega alpha from the Harvard Medical School in 1974 and a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1980. She trained in pediatrics, followed by cardiology, at Boston Children's Hospital. Newburger joined the Department of Cardiology in 1979 as an instructor in pediatrics and is currently the commonwealth professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and associate cardiologist-in-chief for academic affairs at Boston Children's Hospital. Her research has focused on prospective clinical studies, including multi-disciplinary prospective randomized trails and prospective cohort studies. She has made seminal contributions to both evaluation and therapy of Kawasaki disease and neurodevelopmental outcomes after pediatric cardiac surgery. She maintains an active practice comprised of patients with congenital and acquired heart disease.

Athena Poppas, MD, FACC

Athena Poppas, MD, FACC

Poppas received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University and her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. She completed her residencies in internal medicine at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and in cardiovascular medicine at University of Chicago Hospital. Currently, Poppas serves as director of the Echocardiography Laboratory at Rhode Island Hospital and an associate professor of medicine at Brown Medical School. She is also a member of a large hospital-based practice and specializes in treating women with heart disease during pregnancy and focuses her research on echocardiography and the various facets of heart disease in women and the elderly.

John S. Rumsfeld, MD, Ph.D, FACC

John S. Rumsfeld, MD, FACC

Rumsfeld received his medical degree from the University of Chicago (1991) and doctoral degree in Epidemiology from the University of Colorado (1999). He completed internal medicine internship and residency at the University of California, San Francisco (1991-1994), and cardiology fellowship at the University of Colorado (1995-1999). Rumsfeld is the national director for cardiology for the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VA), and is also the national director of the VA Cardiovascular Assessment, Reporting and Tracking (CART) Program.

Robert A. Shor, MD, FACC

Shor graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, in 1978 and then completed his medical school training at University of South Carolina in 1982 where he was given several awards including the Dean’s Award. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at Emory University and affiliated hospitals in Atlanta in 1985 where was awarded commendations as an outstanding intern and resident. He deferred his fellowship until 1986 to assist in the care of his first child. He completed his fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases from Emory in 1989 and since then has been in private practice in Northern Virginia with Virginia Heart. He is trained as an invasive cardiologist, but currently spends more time on preventive cardiology and quality measures. He has held several positions in the Virginia Chapter of the ACC and is the current Governor of the Chapter.

E. Murat Tuzcu, MD, FACC

E. Murat Tuzcu, MD, FACC

Tuzcu is an interventional cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic and serves the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute as a professor of medicine and vice-chairman in the Department of Cardiology. He received a medical degree from the Istanbul Faculty of Medicine in 1977. After completing his internship and residency in internal medicine in Istanbul, Dr. Tuzcu completed fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. Tuzcu’s clinical interests also include coronary artery disease, and his expertise in catheter-based treatment of valvular heart disease and adult congenital heart defects is internationally renowned.

Thad F. Waites, MD, FACC

Waites graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical School followed by an internship at Emory University, Grady Hospital. After completing active duty as a flight surgeon with the U.S. Navy Reserve, Waites then completed his internal medical residency at University of Colorado. Currently, Waites practices clinical cardiology with an emphasis on interventional cardiology at Hattiesburg Clinic in in Hattiesburg, MS, where he has served two terms as president of the Medical Staff, and has acted as vice president. He is also currently director of the cath lab at Forrest General Hospital. Waites' clinical research interest is currently in the field of CT Imaging. He is a past ACC Board of Governors chair and secretary of the College, 2011-12.

Howard T. Walpole, Jr., MD, MBA, FACC

Howard T. Walpole, Jr., MD, MBA, FACC

Walpole is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Okyanos Heart Institute. Prior to this appointment in 2012, Walpole served as the chief of cardiac sciences at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. He also served as managing partner of Saint Thomas Heart for 10 years and was instrumental in its integration with Saint Thomas Heart Services. He served as governor of the Tennessee Chapter of the ACC and currently serves on the Cardiovascular Leadership Institute Work Group and is past chair of the ACC Political Action Committee.

Carole A. Warnes, MD, FACC

Carole A. Warnes, MD, FACC

Warnes is a professor of medicine and a consultant for cardiovascular diseases, pediatric cardiology and internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where she also directs the Mayo Clinic's Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic. Warnes completed medical school at Newcastle University in 1974. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Royal Victoria Infirmary at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. She has completed fellowships at the National Heart Hospital and The London Chest Hospital in England and studied for her post-graduate degree at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Warnes has served as chair of the ACCF/AHA 2008 Guidelines for the Management of Adults with Congenital Heart, and has participated in the College as an abstract reviewer, chair of the Accreditation Committee, chair of the WIC Council and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

William A. Zoghbi, MD, MACC

William Zoghbi, MD, FACC

Zoghbi is a leader in the field of cardiovascular imaging and echocardiography. During his career, he has developed new techniques to evaluate valvular disorders and cardiac function, improving the non-invasive evaluation of diastolic function with Doppler and refining the use of stress and contrast echocardiography for detecting ischemic heart disease. Zoghbi is the William L. Winters endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Imaging at The Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Institute at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He is a past president of the College, 2012-13.

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