Bios are available for the 2017-2018 officers of the American College of Cardiology

President: C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC

C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, is a senior cardiologist at the Stroobants Cardiovascular Center of Centra Health in Lynchburg, VA. He has practiced clinical cardiology there since 1990 with expertise in cardiac catheterization and intervention, device placement and arrhythmia therapy, clinical quality, leadership and practice development.

Valentine received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, where he was named Outstanding Senior, and earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed his medical residency and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Read More >>>

Valentine’s practice was one of the first developed into an advanced system, participating in over 90 clinical trials, and leading quality and advocacy efforts in the Commonwealth. It became one of the first early integrated practice models in the U.S., joining Centra Health in 2005. As an early adopter, the practice assisted many other integrating practices with effective governance and system excellence. Valentine served as director of Clinical Quality for eight years, and president from 2009-2012. Centra was recently named a national TOP 50 Cardiovascular Hospital for the seventh time. Additionally, its international work in Tanzania and Vietnam has served as a model for training cardiologists in developing countries.

Valentine has a long history with the ACC, becoming active in the College’s Virginia Chapter in 1993. Working with John Brush, MD, FACC, he helped develop Quality Pay for Performance programs that continue today, and published on discharge systems that lower readmission rates and improve outcomes. He later served as governor of the Virginia Chapter and was appointed to the ACC’s national Advocacy Committee (now known as the Health Affairs Committee) in 2001. Valentine also chaired the ACC’s Medical Director’s Institute, which brought the concept of Appropriate Use to the Board of Trustees (BOT).

As chair of the ACC Board of Governors in 2006, Dr. Valentine helped advance the College’s national Door-to-Balloon (D2B) initiative, which proved successful in helping hospitals meet the guideline-recommended D2B times of 90 minutes or less. Later, as a member of the ACC BOT, he developed the Cardiovascular Summit with former president James T. Dove, MD, MACC, to enhance high quality and efficient care and physician leadership of service lines and health systems. Valentine served as ACC Treasurer from 2012-2015 and was elected Vice President in 2016.

Valentine enjoys working with students and residents and has been recognized twice as Outstanding Teacher. He has served as principal investigator in four clinical trials with Centra and has been recognized by Top Doctors in Virginia, Best Doctors in America, and is the current Honorary Chair of Medicine and Surgery for Centra Health.

Valentine is married to the Honorable Shannon Valentine, a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates and current Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia. They have three adult children.

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Vice President: Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC

Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC, 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 from 2010 to 2011.

Secretary and Board of Governors Chair: Andrew P. Miller, MD, FACC

Andrew P. Miller, MD, FACC, graduated from Miami University and the Indiana University School of Medicine with honors. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was chief fellow during his final year. Miller has more than 11 years of experience in both academic and private practice, previously serving as the associate director of the cardiology fellowship and vascular biology and hypertension programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and now serving as a physician leader at CardioVascular Associates, an integrated practice of 33 cardiologists in Birmingham, AL. Read More >>>

He has published over 50 original manuscripts and several book chapters in the fields of hypertension, vascular biology, women and heart disease, cardiothoracic surgery, and echocardiography. Miller has been active in national ACC programs since 2005, and has served on both the Diabetes Education Initiative and the Geriatric Cardiology Section Leadership Committee. Additionally, he was a primary investigator for the development of ACC’s geriatric cardiology curriculum, known as Essentials of Cardiovascular Care in Older Adults.

Miller’s experiences in fundamental and clinical research, in medical education and academics, in patient care and practice management, and as a collaborating physician for two nurse practitioners permits an experiential voice for a diverse ACC membership as he takes on the role of chair-elect of the ACC Board of Governors. He has served in other leadership roles, including being a member both the Board of Directors for the Southeast Lipid Association, as well as the Society of Geriatric Cardiology. Miller is also past-president of the Gulf Central Chapter of the American Society of Hypertension. Miller has been an active member of ACC’s Alabama Chapter since 2001. He chaired the education committee from 2008 to 2014, and has served as Alabama Chapter’s governor/president since 2015.

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Treasurer: Bo T. Walpole, Jr., MD, MBA, FACC

Bo T. Walpole, Jr., MD, MBA, FACC, 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, TN. 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.

Cathleen C. Gates
Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer | 2018-Present

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Cathy Gates is the interim chief executive officer (CEO) and chief operating officer (COO) of the American College of Cardiology. Gates took on the role of interim CEO in February 2018 and will remain in this role during the College's CEO search process. In this dual role, Gates also serves as COO and oversees the finance and information technology divisions, in addition to membership, advocacy, operations, human resources and organizational development. Read More >>>

During her more than 20-year tenure at the ACC, Gates has served in a variety of roles, including ACC's "Chief People Officer," and has worked on a number of significant projects, including spearheading the ACC's move from its Heart House headquarters in Bethesda, MD, to Washington, DC. One of Gates' greatest accomplishments has been to positively lead the College's staff culture during a time of change and transition in leadership and strategic direction, which resulted in ACC landing on Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare list in both 2016 and 2017. Prior to joining ACC, Gates supervised financial and Securities and Exchange Commission reporting for three publicly held Real Estate Investment Trusts. She also served as a Certified Public Accountant at Ernst and Young, where her client focus was health care and real estate. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Society for Human Resource Management, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.

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