ACC Commends Rep. Roe for Administering CPR and Saving a Life

Contact: Beth Casteel,, 2023756275

American College of Cardiology CEO Jack Lewin, MD, commended Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., for performing CPR to save a man’s life at the Charlotte, NC, airport and offered to name him “Cardiologist for a Day.”  Roe is a physician who practiced as an obstetrician for 30 years before running for Congress.

In a letter of commendation, Dr. Lewin praised the actions of Roe and another physician who began CPR and administered defibrillation in the airport shortly after he collapsed.

“Effective CPR provided immediately can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival,” Lewin said in the letter to Roe. “Another important part of the chain of survival is the use of Automated External Defibrillators to restore a normal heart rhythm. As you witnessed, new technology has made AEDs simple and user-friendly.”


Interview requests for Dr. Jack Lewin or a copy of his letter of commendation to Congressman Roe can be made by contacting Beth Casteel or Shannon Cline.

About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology is transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health through continuous quality improvement, patient-centered care, payment innovation and professionalism. The College is a 39,000-member nonprofit medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet its stringent qualifications. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines, and is a staunch supporter of cardiovascular research. The ACC provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care. More information about the association is available online at

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