The current ACC Board of Trustees (BOT) consists of 20 College members who took office during ACC’s 65th Annual Scientific Session in Chicago, IL in April 2016. The president of ACC leads the Trustees for a one-year term. (See the full roster of BOT members and Officers below.)
As part of broad changes to the ACC’s governance structure and processes, the BOT transitioned from 31 to 20 members following the ACC’s 65th Annual Scientific Session in Chicago, IL, in April 2016. The following individuals have been nominated for Officer positions: Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC (President); Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC (President-Elect); C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC (Vice President); Robert A. Guyton, MD, FACC (Treasurer); and A. Allen Seals, MD, FACC (Secretary and BOG Chair). The ACC’s Blue Ribbon Panel nominated two new members to serve on the BOT, and the full slate of 2016-2017 BOT leaders has been approved as of March 31, 2016.
Officers of the Board Of Trustees
President: Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC
Chazal is a senior cardiologist and the medical director of the Heart and Vascular Institute for Lee Memorial Health System, a four hospital, not-for-profit system in Fort Myers, FL. Chazal has practiced clinical cardiology in Fort Myers since 1983 with expertise in echocardiography, diagnostic catheterization and coronary computerized tomography angiography. During his tenure, he has been a participant in multiple clinical trials. Chazal received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and went on to complete medical school and internal medicine training at the University of South Florida. Subsequently, Chazal completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at Indiana University, where he spent one year working under Harvey Feigenbaum, MD, FACC as a designated echocardiography fellow. Chazal served as councillor, treasurer and president of the ACC’s Florida Chapter. Subsequent to his stint as president and governor for the Florida Chapter, he was elected chair of the ACC Board of Governors. He has also been ACC treasurer and chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. In these capacities, Chazal has spent eight years on the ACC Board of Trustees, seven of which were on the Executive Committee. Nationally, Chazal has served as a member and/or chair of over 50 committees and workgroups for the College. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and Omicron Delta Kappa honoraries through the University of South Florida. He is the recipient of multiple awards from the ACC Florida Chapter, including the Special Achievement Award, the Presidential Citation, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Founder’s Award. In 2011, the Southwest Florida Affiliate of the American Heart Association awarded him their Golden Heart Award, and in 2014 he was designated Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He received the inaugural Community Teaching Award from the Family Medicine Residency Program via Florida State University School of Medicine Fort Myers Program in 2015. He serves as courtesy assistant professor of medicine for the University of Florida and clinical assistant professor of medicine for Florida State University. He and his wife Linda have three children and two grandchildren.
President-Elect: Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC
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.
Vice President: C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC
Valentine is an interventional cardiologist at Centra Health in Lynchburg, VA. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he was named the outstanding senior, and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his medicine and cardiology training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Valentine has served the College in many roles, including ACC Treasurer and Secretary, as well as chair of the ACC Board of Governors, and governor of the ACC’s Virginia Chapter. He was co-chair of the ACC Advocacy Committee and served on the task force to develop the Cardiac Cath Lab Quality Tool Kit. He chaired the ACC Medical Directors Institute, promoting collaboration between payers and physicians and the concept of appropriate use. He is co-chair of the College’s annual Cardiovascular Summit and is incoming ACC Vice President. He is married to Shannon Valentine, a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and has three active college-aged children.
Treasurer: Robert A. Guyton, MD, FACC
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. Guyton remains actives as a clinical cardiac surgeon, having performed more than 10,000 cardiac operations to date.
Secretary and BOG Chair: A. Allen Seals, MD, FACC
Seals is an honors graduate of the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia, and went on to complete his internal medicine and cardiology fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is the managing partner, and clinical and interventional cardiologist with Baker and Gilmour Cardiovascular Institute where he has been in clinical practice for 26 years. He has a clinical practice centered in the main university clinic, while also serving as principal investigator for numerous clinical studies in his role of director of clinical research. Seals' hospital practice is predominantly at Memorial Hospital Jacksonville where he applies both clinical and research experience as an interventional cardiologist with an interest in acute coronary syndrome, as well as new pharmacology and interventional treatment of complex coronary and structural heart disease. Seals has served on the board of directors for the Duval County Medical Society and the Florida Medical Association, as well as a number of community non-profit health organizations, and received numerous recognition awards as an outstanding physician leader. Seals was inducted as an Fellow of the College in 1986 and has been a dedicated and active member of the ACC and the ACC's Florida Chapter (FCACC) since the Chapter was established in 1987. Seals' has focused on advocacy initiatives and served for many years as the chair of the FCACC advocacy committee and currently serves as vice-chair of the national ACC Political Action Committee (ACC PAC). He has participated in every national ACC Legislative Conference, as well as many ACC meetings with federal and state government and regulatory officials. He is extensively involved with ACC quality initiatives, particularly with SMARTCare where he currently serves as Florida Implementation Chair. Seals was elected into a leadership role with the ACC as President and Governor of the FCACC and currently holds the national positions of Chair of the ACC Board of Governors and ACC Secretary.
Immediate-Past President: Kim Allan Williams, Sr., MD, MACC
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 Chairman 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. Williams served as president of the ACC from 2015-2016.
Chief Executive Officer Shal Jacobovitz
Jacobovitz is the chief executive officer of the American College of Cardiology. In this role, Jacobovitz leads the 49,000 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
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.
Paul N. Casale MD, MPH 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 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.
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.
Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC
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.
Christopher M. Kramer, MD, FACC
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco, Kramer completed residency and chief residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania. His first faculty appointment was at Allegheny General Hospital, Medical College of Pennsylvania Hahnemann School of Medicine where he directed the cardiology fellowship program. In 1999, Kramer moved to the University of Virginia where he currently serves as the Ruth C. Heede professor of cardiology, professor of radiology, and director of the cardiovascular imaging center. Kramer’s principal research interest has been in the application of cardiovascular magnetic resonance to the cardiovascular system. He is co-principal investigator of a 2,750 patient, 45-site, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute-funded U01 international registry study of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an R01 in PAD, and a T32 in cardiovascular imaging. Kramer is a past president and Gold Medal awardee of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR), past chair of the ACC’s imaging council and vice chair of the ACC’s appropriate use task force, as well as past member and chair of the clinical and integrative cardiovascular sciences National Institutes of Health study section. Kramer is presently deputy editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC): Cardiovascular Imaging, associate editor of JACC, and a member of the editorial boards of Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging, Journal of the American Heart Association, Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, and Vascular Medicine. He is also a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of University Cardiologists.
Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC
Mack is Director of the Cardiovascular Service Line for Baylor Scott & White Health and is Chair of the Baylor Scott & White Cardiovascular Governance Council and Director of Cardiovascular Research at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano Mack has practiced cardiothoracic surgery in Dallas, TX since 1982 and has authored over 500 peer reviewed medical publications. In addition to his role on the ACC’s Board of Trustees, Mack is on the steering committee of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network (CTSN) of the National Institutes of Health, and serves on both the the ACC’s Interventional Scientific Council and the STS/ACC National Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry Steering Committee. Mack is a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MDEpiNet Advisory Committee, and he is also a Director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and a member of the National Medical Device Planning Board of the FDA/Duke Margolis Institute. Mack served as President of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and is past president of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery. He received the Presidential Citation from the ACC, as well as the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Lifetime Achievement Award.
Frederick A. Masoudi, MD, MSPH, FACC
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, DM, MD, PhD, MACC
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)
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
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.
Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, MACC
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 Annual 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 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. O’Gara served as president of the ACC from 2014-2015. O’Gara is a past president of the ACC.
Robert A. Shor, MD, FACC
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, and Board of Governors chair from 2015 to 2016. Shor currently serves as chair of the Membership Committee.
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, serving from 2011 to 2012.
B. Hadley Wilson, MD, FACC
Wilson graduated with honors from Davidson College and subsequently Duke University Medical School, going on to train in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University, where he served as chief resident before his cardiology fellowship under Gottlieb Friesinger, MD, FACC. He joined Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute as an interventional cardiologist where he rose to director of the cath lab and then chief of cardiology for over 15 years. During his time at Sanger, Wilson served as co-director of the annual Advanced Cardiovascular Interventions course at Hilton Head from 1992 to 2007, as the chief interventional cardiologist for the ACC North Carolina (NC) STEMI/RACE program for a statewide system of care from 2005 to 2015, and now the ACC/AHA National STEMI Accelerator I and II programs covering over 30 million lives. For the last decade, Wilson has been clinical professor of medicine at the University of NC School of Medicine and serves on the yearly faculty at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) annual meeting. He has over 50 publications with interests including new stent technologies and devices for coronary intervention particularly bioabsorbable stents, left main stenting and chronic total occlusions, as well as an interest in appropriate public reporting of PCI outcomes. For the past five years, he has been a program director for the ACC's NC/SC Chapter annual meeting which has grown into one of the largest combined state meetings with over 200 attendees. Hadley was elected the Governor for the ACC's NC Chapter for the 2014-2017 term, and his efforts with the state legislature on population health led to his appointment to the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force in 2015. He has led numerous cardiology medical missions to Haiti, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, and since 2012 to Belize to establish the country's only national PCI and CABG program. Wilson serves as the Board of Governors Chair-Elect in 2016, as well as on the ACC Membership Committee and the NCDR® Management Board.