Bios are available for the 2016-2017 officers of the American College of Cardiology
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.
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.
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.
A. Allen Seals, MD, FACC
Secretary and BOG Chair
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.
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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer | 2013-Present
Shal Jacobovitz is the chief executive officer of the American College of Cardiology. In this role, Jacobovitz leads the 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. He has also held positions at F. Hoffmann La Roche, 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.