ACC.14 Comes to the Heart of the Nation

For the first time in its decades-long history, the ACC’s Annual Scientific Session and Expo (ACC.14) is poised to take place in the emblematic heart of the nation: Washington, DC.

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Taking place March 29 - 31 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the 63rd gathering will once again serve as the epicenter for exploring the latest developments in cardiovascular diagnosis and treatment.

“To have ACC.14 happen right here in the nation’s capital right down the road from the our headquarters is truly a special occasion,” says John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC, president of the ACC. “It’s an exciting year since the College is celebrating its 65th anniversary, and we’re proving that despite changing times, the ACC’s legacy as a global knowledge organization holds true and we continue to innovate and engage with our members in a mutually beneficial way.”

Harold will help kick-off the meeting starting with the Opening Showcase Session on Saturday at 8 a.m. in the ACC.14 Main Tent, and American actor and stand-up comedian Dana Carvey will be presented with the CardioSmart Patient Advocate Award. The meeting will conclude on Monday evening with the passing of the gavel to ACC Incoming President Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, FACC.

Over the course of the jam-packed three days, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in 14 different learning pathways, ranging on topics from acute coronary syndromes, congenital heart disease, non-invasive imaging, pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary thrombo-embolic disease, prevention, TCT@ACC-i2, and more. ACC.14 also offers special programming for Fellows in Training, early career professionals and members of the cardiovascular care team.

“We have been able to assemble the most comprehensive cardiology annual meeting to date,” said Robert Siegel, MD, FACC, co-chair of ACC. 14. “Cutting edge science and cardiovascular medicine will be offered in a variety of formats and venues. Lectures, debates, symposia, oral abstract presentations as well as posters will be presented by nationally and internationally renowned faculty, in our nation’s capital. With the outstanding lectures and learning opportunities this should prove to be an exciting and memorable educational experience, with the collegial atmosphere that is unique to the ACC.”

A “special topics” pathway includes a 65th Anniversary Session, sessions on answering important questions on health policy, practice management, and leadership, as well as informative sessions on biodesign, device development processes, device and drug safety, electronic medical records, and the use of social media in medicine. Also within the pathway is the day-long 2nd Annual Cardiovascular Updates for the Clinician: A Symposium by Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC.

Attendees can also attend joint sessions featuring more than 35 partner societies and organizations, including the popular International Lunchtime Symposia where attendees can meet and share ideas with leaders from cardiology societies around the world on a wide range of hot clinical topics.

ACC.14 offers seven keynote lectures featuring speakers whose outstanding contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine have made them venerated in the eyes of their peers, including A. John Camm, MD, FACC; Murray Esler, MBBS, PhD; Gary H. Gibbons, MD; Jessica L. Mega, MD, FACC; and Roberta G. Williams, MD, MACC. New this year, Eugene Braunwald, MD, MACC, will be giving his inaugural lecture “Best of JACC 2013: Practice Changing Research Published in the JACC Journals and the Eugene Braunwald Lecture on Future Directions in Cardiovascular Medicine” and Prediman K. Shah, MD, FACC, will be giving the first Kanu and Docey Chatterjee Lecture.

“Having attended almost every Annual Scientific Session since I became a Fellow in 1977, I can attest nothing beats the hands-on experience of something like the ACC,” says Shah, co-chair of ACC.14. “You just can’t recreate that feeling of meeting face-to-face with colleagues from all over the world, learning the latest advances in treatment and technology. For anyone attending for the first time, you truly get a sense of what the field of cardiology is about and what we’re all working towards.”

ACC.14 Features Something for Everyone

FIT Members

FIT Forum I: Careers in Cardiology
Saturday, March 29 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Room 146 C

FIT Forum V: Successful Innovative Careers
Sunday, March 30 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Room 147 B

FIT Forum VI: Stump the Professor
Sunday, March 30 4:45 – 6:00 p.m.
Room 147 B

Cardiovascular Care Team Members Pharmacology Program I: What’s New With the Target-Specific Oral Anticoagulants
Saturday, March 29 7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Room 151 A

CCA-CVT Bootcamp: Moving Cardiovascular Research Forward
Sunday, March 30 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Room 145 A

Joint Symposium of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and the ACC I: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Prevention and Management of Atrial Fibrillation
Monday, March 31 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room 145 B

International Members

Conquering Healthcare Challenges in the Emerging World
Friday, March 28 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Room 145 B

6th Annual ACC Cardiovascular Conference on the Middle East
Friday, March 28 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Room 145 A

Joint Symposium of the Caribbean Cardiac Society and Emirates Cardiac Society and the American College of Cardiology: The Rising Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases in the Developing World
Saturday, March 29 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Room 140 A

Cardiovascular Administrator Members

Not Just for Coders: How ICD-10 Will Affect Clinicians and the Practice of Medicine
Saturday, March 29 4:45 – 6:00 p.m.
Room 152 B

Appropriate Use Criteria - Appropriateness May Not Be Reimbursable
Saturday, March 29 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Room 147 B

Affordable Care Act Implementation: Impact on Patients and Providers ... A Town Hall Forum
Saturday, March 29 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Room 202 B

Prevention Learning Pathway
Lipids Management: Where Are We and Where are we Going
Sunday, March 30, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Room 202 B

Standard ECG and Stress Testing Learning Pathway
Cardiac Screening in Athletes and Youth
Monday, March 31, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room 150 B

TCT@ACC-i2 Learning Pathway
Keys to Success in a TAVR Program
Sunday, March 30, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Room 202 B

Congenital Heart Disease Learning Pathway
2014 Dan G. McNamara Lecture: Putting the Landmarks in Congenital Cardiology into a Personal Perspective
Sunday, March 30, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Room 144 B

Late-Breaking Clinical Trials Showcase Hottest Cardiovascular Science

Saturday, March 29

Session 451
ACC.14 Opening Showcase and the Joint ACC/Journal of the American College of Cardiology Late-Breaking Clinical Trials
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Hall D (Main Tent)

Sunday, March 30

Session 402
Joint American College of Cardiology/Journal of the American Medical Association Late-Breaking Clinical Trials
8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Hall D (Main Tent)

Session 403
Late-Breaking Clinical Trials III
10:45 a.m. – Noon
Hall D (Main Tent)

Monday, March 31

Session 404
Joint American College of Cardiology/New England Journal of Medicine Late-Breaking Clinical Trials
8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Hall D (Main Tent)

Session 405
Late-Breaking Clinical Trials V
10:45 a.m. – Noon
Hall D (Main Tent)

For a complete list of late-breaking clinical trials, visit Link

* Time and locations are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit the ACC.14 eMeeting Planner App.

Stay Connected at ACC.14

Stay connected with your peers at ACC.14 via social media. Follow @ACC_2014 on Twitter and use the hashtag #ACC14 to participate in the conversations, and to share observations and opinions from the meeting. Also visit ACC’s Facebook page for up-to-date photos from the meeting, and read the latest blog posts from ACC leaders on the ACC in Touch Blog. Find all of the ways you can stay connected at ACC.14 at

ACC.14 eMeeting Planner App

Download the ACC.14 eMeeting Planner App for quick, easy access to all of the sessions. Search for sessions by specialty, interest area, or by role in the cardiovascular care team. Plus, get access to Expo info, animated maps, Twitter feeds and more. Search “ACC.14” in the app store to download the app today, or browse the Online Meeting Planner at

ACC.14 Featured Lectures

2014 Simon Dack Lecture
Gary H. Gibbons, MD
Charting our Future Together: Setting an Agenda for the NHLBI
Saturday, March 29, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. ACC.14 Main Tent

45th Annual Bishop Lecture
Murray D. Esler, MBBS, PhD
The Sympathetic Nervous System Moves Towards Center Stage in Cardiovascular Medicine: Catheter-Based Renal Denervation for Essential Hypertension
Saturday, March 29, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Ballroom A

2014 Dan G. McNamara Lecture
Roberta G. Williams, MD, MACC
Congenital Landmarks: The Evolution of the Field
Sunday, March 30, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.Room 144 B

2014 Douglas P. Zipes, MD, MACC, Distinguished Young Scientist Award Lecture
Jessica L. Mega, MD, FACC
The Changing Landscape of Antithrombotic Therapy: Incorporating Clinical and Genetic Data
Monday, March 31, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.Room 207 A

Kanu and Docey Chatterjee Lecture
Prediman K Shah, MD, FACC
The Path to Preventing Heart Failure is Through Prevention of Athero-thrombosis
Monday, March 31, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Ballroom C

13th Annual Maseri-Florio International Lecture
A. John Camm, MD, FACC
Antiarrhythmic Drug Development — Done and Dusted?
Monday, March 31, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.Room 152 B

Best of JACC 2013: Practice Changing Research Published in the JACC Journals and the Eugene Braunwald Lecture on Future Directions in Cardiovascular Medicine
Eugene Braunwald, MD, MACC
The War on Heart Failure: News from the Front
Monday, March 31, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.Ballroom C

2014 Distinguished Awardees

2014 Distinguished Associate
Jane Linderbaum, MS, AACC
Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN

2014 Distinguished Fellow
Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC
The Heart Group of Lee Memorial Health System Ft. Myers, FL

2014 Distinguished Mentor
Fred Morady, MD, FACC
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI

2014 Distinguished Scientist (Basic Domain)
Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, FACC
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA

2014 Distinguished Scientist (Clinical Domain)
Melvin M. Scheinman, MD, FACC
University of California San Francisco San Francisco, CA

2014 Distinguished Scientist (Translational Domain)
Michael R. Bristow, MD, PhD, FACC
University of Colorado Aurora, CO

2014 Distinguished Service
H. Vernon Anderson, MD, FACC
University of Texas Houston, TX

2014 Distinguished Teacher
Gary S. Francis, MD, FACC
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN

2014 Gifted Educator
Jacqueline A. Noonan, MD, FACC
University of Kentucky Lexington, KY

2014 International Service
Daniel Jose Piñeiro, MD, FACC
University of Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Argentina

2014 Lifetime Achievement
Aldo R. Castañeda, MD, PhD, FACC
UNICAR-Fundación Guatemala

2014 Presidential Citation
Joseph P. Drozda, Jr., MD, FACC
Mercy Health Chesterfield, MO

2014 Master of the ACC (MACC)
Sharon Ann Hunt, MD, FACC
Falk Cardiovascular Research Center Palo Alto, CA

2014 Master of the ACC (MACC)
George W. Vetrovec, MD, FACC
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA

2014 Master of the ACC (MACC)
William Weintraub, MD, FACC
Christiana Care Health System Newark, DE

2014 Master of the ACC (MACC)
Eric S. Williams, MD, FACC
Indiana University Indianapolis, IN

2014 Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist
Jessica L. Mega, MD, FACC
Brigham and Women’s Hospital Boston, MA

Clinical Topics: Acute Coronary Syndromes, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies, Pulmonary Hypertension and Venous Thromboembolism, Pulmonary Hypertension

Keywords: Washington, Health Policy, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Hypertension, Pulmonary, Learning Disorders, Leadership

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