The Future is Bright: ACC’s International Initiatives and Goals
ACC Around the World | Since its foundation in 1949, the ACC has worked to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health around the world through education, research, quality cardiovascular care and health policy. The College has grown to be an inclusive and global organization with nearly 50,000 members including nearly 14,000 international representatives from more than 130 countries.
"Over the last several years, the international community has increasingly become an integral part of the College," said Daniel José Piñeiro, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Assembly of International Governors. "One of the most successful international initiatives to date has been the creation of International Chapters, which now number 34. These Chapters have played a crucial role in bringing members together in their home countries and also facilitating relationships between the ACC, its International Fellows, and colleagues from other national cardiovascular societies and associations," he adds.
These relationships have also allowed the College to become a worldwide leader in cardiovascular education. Last year, College faculty participated in 55 scientific events in 28 countries. In addition, International Joint Sessions are featured prominently at the ACC Annual Scientific Session where many international attendees and speakers are sharing their research and ideas.
"I have been collaborating with the ACC for the past 22 years and have had the opportunity to work closely with the leadership team on a variety of issues, including the global focus on cardiovascular disease prevention," adds Piñeiro. "From this vantage point, I have witnessed the College's progress towards strong collaborations with multiple organizations around the world. Now as chair of ACC's Assembly of International Governors, I am energized by this success and excited by the opportunity to be a part of the ACC's international initiatives."
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