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Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. International collaboration will be vital to the control of this global epidemic. The ACC has developed into a truly global organization with over 30 international chapters and members from over 100 nations. Each year, the college participates in more than 50 international meetings and involves several hundred international faculty members in College activities. The long standing and expanding relationship between ACC and its international partners makes the College uniquely positioned to play a major role in transforming cardiovascular health worldwide. I invite you to explore this website and discover opportunities for cardiovascular exchange, networking, and collaboration both at home and abroad.

Leadership Team

Chair: Daniel Jose Piñeiro, MD, FACC:

Daniel Jose Piñeiro, MD, FACC

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Daniel José Piñeiro, MD, FACC, is professor of medicine at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition, he is also the president of the InterAmerican Society of Cardiology (2011-2013). In 2006, he served as the president of the Argentinian Society of Cardiology. He received his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1973. Subsequently, he underwent his cardiology residency training at the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine in 1979.

Piñeiro has participated in more than 100 national and international congresses and symposia as a coordinator, panelist and lecturer and round table chair. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 scientific articles at cardiovascular congresses and symposia, and has been invited to lecture in Latin America, the U.S., Europe and Africa. He has also headed more than 40 courses on echocardiography and clinical cardiology worldwide.

Immediate Past Chair: Christoph Bode, MD, PhD, FACC

Christoph Bode

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Christoph Bode, MD, PhD, FACC was born and raised in Cologne, Germany, where he also went to medical school and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Physiological Chemistry. Following a joint appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School under the mentorship of Edgar Haber, he joined the faculty at the University of Heidelberg, where he eventually became full professor. In 1999 he was appointed Chair of Medicine at the University of Freiburg.

Bode is an interventional cardiologist with a special interest in antithrombotic therapy in cardiovascular diseases. He has devoted much of his research to basic science and holds several patents in molecular targeting for diagnostic, therapeutic or imaging purposes. As steering committee member and/or national coordinator, he has been and is currently participating in many antithrombotic and interventional studies. He has published several hundred papers in peer-reviewed journals and has served on many editorial boards, including European Heart Journal, Circulation (European editor), Basic Research in Cardiology, and Thrombosis and Thrombolysis (deputy editor). He has been awarded a number of special honors, and his advice is sought by funding and government agencies.

Chair Elect: Erick Alexanderson, MD, FACC

Erick Alexanderson

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Erick Alexanderson, MD, FACC is Professor of Medicine at the Facultad de Medicina, UNAM in Mexico City, Mexico. He is the President of the ACC Mexico Chapter and Governor on the Assembly of International Governors. He also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Imaging and Journal of Nuclear Cardiology.

In addition, Alexanderson is the chairman of the Nuclear Cardiology Department at the Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia. He received his medical degree from Centro Medico Nacional Siglo XXI in Mexico City, Mexico. Subsequently, he underwent his cardiology residency training at Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia "Ignacio Chavey." Alexanderson has participated in numerous local and international congresses as a panelist and lecturer. Notably, he has also lectured at the International Atomic Energy Agency Human Health Campus focusing on Cardiac PET/CT and MRI.