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Officers and the Board of Trustees govern the College and are responsible for transacting all the business required to carry out the ACC's goals and mission. Elected at the annual business meeting, the Board of Trustees consists of 31 College members who are selected yearly. The president of ACC leads the Trustees for a one-year term.

The election of 2015-2016 Officers and Trustees was held at the 2015 Annual Business Meeting during the 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego, CA.

Officers of the Board Of Trustees

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

Kim Allan Williams, Sr. Md, FACC

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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. He served as professor of medicine and radiology and director of nuclear cardiology at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He then 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. Williams has served on numerous committees and boards at the national level, including the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association (AMA), the Certifying Board of Nuclear Cardiology, the Certifying Board of Cardiac Computed Tomography, the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC). He served as president of ASNC and as chair of the board of ABC. He also served on the Cardiovascular Disease Examination Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Williams previously served as chair of the ACC’s Cardiac Imaging Committee, the Cardiovascular Imaging Collaborative, the Coalition of Cardiovascular Organizations and the Cardiac Imaging Council. He has also been an ACC delegate to the AMA since 2000.

President-Elect: Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC

Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC

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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.

Vice President: Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC

Vice President: Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC

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Walsh earned both her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Minnesota. She completed her internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern, and her cardiology fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine. She served as an assistant professor of medicine in the division of cardiology, as well as an assistant professor of radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Walsh then joined what is now St. Vincent Medical Group in Indianapolis, IN. She is the medical director of the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Programs and director of nuclear cardiology at St. Vincent Heart Center, as well as clinical associate professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. She has been active in the ACC, both locally and nationally. She has served as president of the Indiana Chapter, and has served on and chaired multiple committees. She is actively involved in clinical research in heart failure, nuclear cardiology and systems approaches for quality initiatives in the practice setting. She has been elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America annually since 2005.

Secretary and Board of Governors Chair: Robert A. Shor, MD, FACC

Robert A. Shor, MD, FACC

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Shor has been practicing cardiology since 1989 and is currently a partner at Virginia Heart, which serves much of Northern Virginia. Shor has a special interest in primary and secondary prevention, and risk factor modification, in addition to general and invasive cardiology. He has been involved in multiple quality initiatives, both at the practice, local and state level. In addition to running an active clinical practice, Shor has participated in multiple clinical trials and served on multiple hospital committees, as well as the board of his practice, where he serves as vice president. Shor has been actively involved in the Virginia Chapter of the ACC for many years, first as a councilman, and then for several years as treasurer. He has also been chair of the Virginia Chapter’s Advocacy Committee, representing the ACC on Capitol Hill and at congressional events, advancing the concerns of cardiologists. Shor has also previously represented the ACC on the National Committee for Quality Assurance Medical Advisory Board, the Clinical Practice Committee and at the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) legislative meetings. He has been involved in several ACC Committees and task forces, and has served on writing committees. More recently, Shor has served as the president of the Virginia Chapter of the ACC and on the Board of Governors for the ACC from 2012 to 2015.

Treasurer: Robert A. Guyton, MD, FACC

Treasurer: Robert A. Guyton, MD, FACC

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Guyton is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and the Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in general surgery and a residency in cardiothoracic surgery, both at Massachusetts General Hospital, with an additional fellowship in pediatric cardiac surgery at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston. Since 1990, Guyton has been the chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine and the director of the thoracic surgery residency program. He is the Charles Ross Hatcher, Jr. Professor of Surgery. Guyton was a member of the board of directors of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for 10 years, serving as treasurer and later as president. Guyton is the founder of the Cardiothoracic Research Laboratory of the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center at Emory/Crawford Long Hospital. He has been a member of the ACC Board of Trustees, the Surgeon’s Council and the Board of Finance. Guyton was the co-chairman of the ACC/AHA Committee on Guidelines for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery. Guyton served on the writing committee for the 2012 Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Guidelines and the 2014 Valvular Heart Disease Guidelines, and he was a member of the ACC/AHA Workforce on Practice Guidelines. Guyton has been recognized for his teaching as the winner of the Socrates Award for Commitment to Resident Education and Mentoring by the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association in 2009 and the Surgery Mentoring Award from the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia of the American Heart Association in 2012.

Immediate Past-President: Patrick T. O'Gara, MD, MACC

Patrick T. O'Gara, MD, FACC

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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.

Chief Executive Officer Shalom "Shal" Jacobovitz

Shalom "Shal" Jacobovitz

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Jacobovitz is the chief executive officer of the American College of Cardiology. In this role, Jacobovitz leads the 47,000 member organization in its mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. Prior to joining the ACC, Jacobovitz served as president of Actelion Pharmaceuticals U.S., a biopharmaceutical company specializing in cardio-pulmonary therapies, from 2004 to 2013. At Actelion, Jacobovitz developed a strong patient- and customer-centered corporate strategy. Jacobovitz previously held positions at F. Hoffmann La Roche, where he served as general manager for Central America and the Caribbean, led the Pharmaceutical, OTC and Diagnostic divisions, and served as the global lifecycle leader for cardiovascular products in Basel, Switzerland. He also held positions with Abbott Canada, Nordic Labs and Marion Merrill Dow – now known as Aventis – in Canada. Jacobovitz earned his bachelor of science degree in biology at Western University in Canada.

Other Members of the Board Of Trustees

Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC

Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC

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Bhatt is the executive director of interventional cardiovascular programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He received his undergraduate science degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and went on to earn his medical doctorate from Cornell University. He also completed a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in clinical effectiveness at Harvard University. His internship and residency in internal medicine were performed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and his cardiovascular training was completed at Cleveland Clinic. He also completed fellowships in interventional cardiology and cerebral and peripheral vascular intervention, as well as serving as chief interventional fellow at Cleveland Clinic, where he went on to spend several years as an interventional cardiologist and an associate professor of medicine. He served as the director of the interventional cardiology fellowship and as associate director of the cardiovascular medicine fellowship, and also as associate director of the Cleveland Clinic Cardiovascular Coordinating Center. He was recruited to be chief of cardiology at VA Boston Healthcare System. He is an associate editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and is senior associate editor for News and Clinical Trials for ACC.org.

Joseph G. Cacchione, MD, FACC

Joseph G. Cacchione, MD, FACC

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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, MPH FACC

Paul N. Casale, MD, FACC

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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 earned 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, PhD, FACC

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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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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 C. Hendel, MD, FACC

Robert C. Hendel, MD, FACC

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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.

John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC (Past President)

John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC (Past President)

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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. He is a past-president of the ACC, having served for the 2013-2014 term.

Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC

Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC

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Itchhaporia is the Robert and Georgia Roth Chair of Cardiac Excellence and the medical director of disease management for Hoag Heart and Vascular Institute, in Newport Beach, California. In her role as Director of Disease Management, Itchhaporia leads the heart failure management program at Hoag Heart and Vascular Institute where she is part of the executive leadership board. She received her medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. Subsequently, she joined the general medicine faculty at the University of California, San Francisco as assistant clinical professor and then went on to do a cardiology fellowship at Georgetown University and an interventional cardiology fellowship at Stanford University. She is a fellow of the ACC, the European Society of Cardiology and an honorary member of the British Cardiovascular Society and the Indian College of Cardiology. She is past secretary and chair of the ACC Board of Governors. She is also the past president of the ACC’s California Chapter. She on the editorial board for ACCEL and is the co-chair of the ACC’s Practice Administrator workgroup. She is also one of the faculty for the ACC’s nationwide Journal Club. She serves on the Life Long Oversight committee and is part of the ACC’s Curriculum Development Workgroup.

Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC

Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC

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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.

Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC

Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC

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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.

Secretary: Michael Mansour, MD, FACC

Michael Mansour, MD, FACC

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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 and is a past president of the Mississippi Chapter of the ACC, as well as immediate-past chair of the ACC Board of Governors.

Frederick A. Masoudi, MD, MSPH, FACC

Frederick A. Masoudi, MD, MSPH, FACC

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Masoudi is a practicing noninvasive cardiologist and professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and received a master of science in Public Health from the University of Colorado. He is the senior medical officer of the NCDR, working with the ACC in operating seven national cardiovascular quality programs and serves as clinical consultant to the University of Colorado Hospital Cardiovascular Quality Committee. He served as the Chair of the ACC/AHA Task Force on Performance Measures, is the Chair of the AHA Scientific Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research, and an associate editor of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Jagat Narula, MD, PhD, MACC

Jagat Narula, MD, PhD, MACC

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Narula is the Philip J. and Harriet L. Goodhart chair in cardiology and chief of cardiology at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospital of Mount Sinai, as well as professor of medicine and radiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is also Associate Dean, Arnhold Institute for Global Health at Mount Sinai. He is the editor-in-chief of Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Imaging, executive editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and editor-in-chief of Global Heart. After completing his cardiology fellowship training and PhD (Cardiovascular Immunology) from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, Narula relocated to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School. He has been named the Best Young Investigator on several occasions for his research contributions and he was also named both the Best Educator and Innovator in Cardiovascular Medicine by the ACC. Narula was honored as a Master of the ACC in 2013. Additionally, he received the ACC’s Distinguished Scientist Award in 2015.

Debra L. Ness, MS (Public Member)

Debra L. Ness, MS

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Ness graduated summa cum laude from Drew University with a bachelor degree in psychology and sociology, and completed her graduate work in social welfare and public health policy before receiving a master 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 and 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

Jane W. Newburger, MD, MPH, FACC

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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.

Matthew Phillips, MD, FACC (BOG Chair-Elect)

Matthew Phillips, MD, FACC (BOG Chair-Elect)

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Phillips has been President of Austin Heart in Austin, Texas since 2004. He is originally from New York City, NY and received his medical degree at the University of Michigan. He completed his internship and residency and cardiology fellowship at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB, TX. Dr. Phillips is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology and in the sub-specialty of Cardiovascular Disease. His areas of special interests are in clinical, and nuclear cardiology.

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

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

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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.

E. Murat Tuzcu, MD, FACC

E. Murat Tuzcu, MD, FACC

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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

Thad F. Waites, MD, FACC

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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

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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

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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 (Past President)

William A. Zoghbi, MD, MACC

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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.