The current ACC Board of Trustees (BOT) consists of 14 College members who took office in March 2020. The president of ACC leads the Trustees for a one-year term. See the full roster of BOT members and officers below.
Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, President
Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, is the director of Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute, Rhode Island, Miriam, and Newport Hospitals, and holds the position of chief of the cardiology division and professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Poppas received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.
She completed her residency in internal medicine at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at University of Chicago Hospital.
Poppas specializes in echocardiography and in treating patients with valvular heart disease and heart disease during pregnancy. She was named a Top Doctor by Rhode Island Monthly magazine and has received numerous teaching awards at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital.
Prior to becoming ACC vice president, Poppas held numerous leadership roles within the College and has served as chair of the Women in Cardiology Section, chair of the ACC Annual Scientific Session in 2015 and 2016, chair of the ACC Sections Steering Committee and chair of the ACC Governance Committee, and a member of the Health Systems Strategy Task Force. She also served on the ACC Board of Governors as governor and president of the ACC Rhode Island Chapter, as well as on the ACC Board of Trustees.
Poppas is also a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography, where she has served on committees, including ethics, nominating and scientific programs. She has also worked with the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology, among other organizations.
Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC, Vice President
Dipti Itchhaporia is the Eric & Sheila Samson Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Health, director of disease management for Hoag Heart and Vascular Institute and assistant clinical professor at University of California, Irvine.
Itchhaporia is an educator who is particularly interested in increasing the global awareness of cardiovascular disease. She has worked with the Public Health Foundation of India in their capacity building efforts to initially develop and update the content for a certificate course in cardiovascular disease and stroke prevention. She has been involved with the Best of ACC program in China aimed at educating CV professionals in different regions of China. She is also the co-chair of the ACC international conference in the Middle East and is on the editorial boards for ACC's extended learning and Cardiology Today magazine.
She has held many other leadership positions, including serving on ACC's Board of Trustees, as past secretary and chair of ACC's Board of Governors, and past president of the ACC California Chapter. She has also served on the Life Long Oversight Committee, Science and Quality Committee, Governance Committee, Practice Administrator Workgroup and as an advisor to the ACC's Innovation Program.
Itchhaporia completed her residency in internal medicine at Stanford University Medical Center and then joined the General Medicine Faculty at the University of California, San Francisco. She ultimately went on to do a cardiology fellowship at Georgetown University and an interventional cardiology fellowship at Stanford University.
Howard T. Walpole, Jr., MD, MBA, FACC, Treasurer
Howard T. Walpole, MD, MBA, FACC, is the vice president of medical affairs at Northeast Georgia Health System. Walpole received his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Georgia and his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
Walpole also completed fellowships in general cardiology and interventional cardiology Emory University School of Medicine. He obtained a Master of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory.
Walpole practiced interventional cardiology for many years and served as managing partner of Saint Thomas Heart in Nashville, TN. He also served as chief of cardiac sciences at Saint Thomas Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology.
Walpole is active in the ACC, serving in the role of treasurer and as program director of ACC's Cardiovascular Summit. He is a former chair of the ACC Political Action Committee (PAC) and member of the PAC executive board, as well as a past governor of the ACC Tennessee Chapter.
Daniel M. Philbin, Jr., MD, FACC, BOG Chair and Secretary
Daniel M. Philbin, MD, FACC, is a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist at the New England Heart and Vascular Institute in Manchester, NH. Philbin graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Yale College and went on to earn his MD from Yale University School of Medicine, where he was elected to alpha omega alpha. He also completed his internship, residency and fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and clinical cardiac electrophysiology (EP) at Yale.
Philbin founded the EP laboratory at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in 1999 and directed it for six years before moving to New Hampshire, where he maintains a busy clinical practice focused on complex ablations and device implants.
He sits on the credentialing committee for the Northeast Region for Anthem and serves as vice speaker on the Executive Council of the New Hampshire Medical Society. Philbin became a Fellow of the ACC in 2000 and served on the Board of Governors (BOG) for the ACC Northern New England Chapter from 2017 – 2020 and on the BOG Steering Committee from 2018 – 2020.
Joseph Marine, MD, FACC, BOG Chair-Elect
Joseph Marine, MD, MBA, FACC, is a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist who practices at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He is an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and holds appointments as vice-director of the division of cardiology and section chief of Cardiology for Johns Hopkins Community Physicians.
Marine trained at University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine;, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School; Boston University Medical Center; and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Marine has lectured widely on a variety of arrhythmia topics and has served as a co-director of the ACC Cardiovascular Overview and Board Review Course for 10 years. He currently serves on the ACC Board of Governors and is co-editor of the ACC/HRS EP Self-Assessment Program.
Marine will serve as chair-elect of the ACC Board of Governors (BOG) in 2020 – 2012 and as BOG chair in 2021 – 2022. He has served on several other committees for the ACC, the Heart Rhythm Society and the Maryland State Medical Society. He is author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and has served on writing committees for several ACC clinical practice and training guidelines.
As a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist, Marine specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias, particularly catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. His research focuses on improving the safety and effectiveness of catheter ablation and treatments for atrial fibrillation and other atrial and ventricular arrhythmias.
Richard J. Kovacs, MD, MACC, Immediate Past President
Richard J. Kovacs, MD, MACC, is the Q.E. and Sally Russell Professor of Cardiology at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine and the cardiology service line leader of IU Health. He also serves as the clinical director of the Krannert Institute of Cardiology, joining a long line of ACC presidents from Krannert.
A graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Kovacs completed an internship and residency at IU Medical Center. His fellowship training also was at IU, where he served as chief fellow and chief medical resident.
He joined the IU School of Medicine in 1986 as assistant professor and later served as the medical director and CEO of Methodist Research Institute. He also served as senior clinical research physician at the Lilly Research Laboratories of Eli Lilly and Company. He returned to full-time faculty at IU School of Medicine in 2003.
At the IU School of Medicine, Kovacs has served as the associate dean for clinical research and associate director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He has also served as chair of Institutional Review Board for the Biomedical Sciences and the chair of the IRB Executive Committee.
Kovacs's primary research interests include quality measurement and improvement, drug safety, and sports cardiology. He also oversees the cardiovascular evaluations of players at the Annual National Football League Scouting Combine.
Prior to serving as ACC president from 2019 – 2020, Kovacs served as ACC vice president, secretary and a member of the Board of Trustees. He also served as chair of the ACC Board of Governors and held leadership roles on ACC's Science and Quality Committee and NCDR Management Board.
Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN, FACC, Trustee
Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN, FACC, is president and CEO of Cardiovascular Management of Illinois, a cardiology physician practice management company. She works with more than 40 providers in the Chicago area and partners in their cardiovascular service lines. She has more than 40 years of experience as a registered nurse, service line director, hospital vice president and CEO. More recently, she served in physician practice management for 20 years.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Mayo/College of St. Teresa and her Master of Science in nursing at Northern Illinois University. She has been active nationally in strategic planning, operational efficiencies, integrated financial and quality initiatives, and growth and development of the cardiovascular service lines. She is focused on facilitating the integration of strategic, financial and quality perspectives between practices and hospital cardiovascular service lines.
She has consulted and lectured nationally on physician/hospital integration, governance, movement from volume to value, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), episodes of care, physician compensation modeling, development and formation of cardiovascular service lines, quality initiatives, development of clinical service line agreements, and design of balanced quality score cards. She remains engaged in advocacy issues.
Claire S. Duvernoy, MD, FACC, Trustee
Claire S. Duvernoy, MD, FACC, is a professor of medicine specializing in interventional cardiology at the University of Michigan Medical School. She served as chief of the cardiology section at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center for more than 10 years before transitioning to her role as director of the regional cardiology network.
Duvernoy attended the University of Michigan Medical School, where she also finished her internship and residency in internal medicine and completed a fellowship in cardiology and interventional cardiology. Later, she was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, where she studied myocardial blood flow using positron emission tomography.
Duvernoy's research interests include cardiovascular and coronary heart disease (CHD) in women and the role of medical and lifestyle interventions in preventing CHD. She founded the Women's Heart Program at the University of Michigan and has an active clinical cardiology practice at both the university and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. She co-chairs the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center's Diversity Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee.
Duvernoy has been actively involved with the ACC on both a state and national level since her fellowship. She was co-president of the Michigan Cardiology Fellows Society and was governor and president of ACC's Michigan Chapter from 2011 – 2014. She also served on the Michigan Chapter ACC Council. She also was a member of, and subsequently chaired, the ACC Credentialing and Membership Committee, as well as the Women in Cardiology Section and Leadership Council. She is a member of the ACC Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.
Duvernoy is a national leader in the Veterans Health Administration, serving as chair of the national VA Cardiology Field Advisory Committee. She was voted one of southeastern Michigan's Top Docs and has been named one of America's Best Doctors. She is beloved by the cardiovascular trainees at the University of Michigan Medical School and received the Clinical Role Model of the Year award from the fellowship program in 2016.
Edward T.A. Fry, MD, FACC, Trustee
Edward T. A. Fry, MD, FACC, is a general and interventional cardiologist at St. Vincent Medical Group in Indianapolis, IN. He earned his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and went on to complete his internship and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Fry completed fellowships at both Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Vincent Medical Group. He currently serves as chair of the St. Vincent Health CV Service Line and Ascension Health National CV Service Line.
He has held academic positions at Washington University School of Medicine and Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a past president of ACC's Indiana Chapter and has served on the ACC Board of Governors (BOG).
Fry's research interests have included basic and clinical studies of novel thrombolytic, antiplatelet, anticoagulant and interventional therapies in acute coronary syndromes. His professional efforts focus on developing and leading cardiovascular quality programs and integrating, coordinating and managing cardiovascular care teams within hospitals and in regional and national health care systems.
He has served on the ACC Digital Strategy Committee, Interventional Leadership Council, Clinical Quality Committee, BOG Steering Committee, CV Team and CV Management of the Future Task Force, as well as on the Surviving MI Work Group, Integrating the Health Enterprise Health Policy Work Group, Consulting Solutions Work Group and Preauthorization Work Group.
James L. Januzzi, Jr., MD, FACC, Trustee
James L. Januzzi, MD, FACC, is the Hutter Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a staff cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). After completing his undergraduate studies at Holy Cross College in 1988, Januzzi graduated as a top-ranked student at New York Medical College and completed a residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and fellowship in cardiology and cardiac ultrasound at MGH. He joined the cardiology division at MGH in 2000.
Januzzi is a clinician and clinical researcher. He has an active general cardiology practice focused on patients with acute and chronic heart failure.
He has made extensive contributions to the understanding of cardiac biomarker testing, where his research has set international standards for use in diagnosis, prognosis, and management of patients suffering from acute and chronic heart failure, as well as those with acute coronary syndromes.
Januzzi has contributed to numerous efforts at the ACC, serving as an associate editor for both the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and JACC: Heart Failure. He has also served as chair of the Task Force on Expert Consensus Decision Pathway Documents and co-chair of the Science and Quality Committee.
Jeffrey Kuvin, MD, FACC, Trustee
Jeffrey T. Kuvin, MD, FACC, is professor and chair of the Department of Cardiology at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, chief of cardiology at North Shore University and Long Island Jewish Hospitals, co-director of the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital, and senior vice president of cardiology at Northwell Health.
Prior to his arrival to Northwell, Kuvin was chief of cardiovascular medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
Clinically, Kuvin focuses on preventive cardiology, cardiovascular imaging and adults with congenital heart disease. His research interests focus on the impact of cardiovascular risk factors on vasomotor function. He has contributed to the literature in the fields of vascular function, echocardiography, preventive cardiology and education.
Kuvin was honored with the Career Award for Teaching at Tufts Medical Center and was inducted into the Geisel Academy of Master Educators at Dartmouth.
At the ACC, Kuvin is chair of the Lifelong Learning Oversight Committee, which oversees ACC's educational offerings. He was the chair (2017, 2018) and vice-chair (2015, 2016) of ACC's Annual Scientific Session. Kuvin was the lead developer and first chair of the ACC In-Training Exam and is the current editor of ACC's General Cardiology Self-Assessment Program. Kuvin was recently selected to join the ACC Board of Trustees.
Kuvin received his undergraduate degree in Near East and North African Studies at the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the varsity swimming team and a silver medalist at the 1985 World Maccabiah Games. He received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and was an internal medicine house officer, chief medical resident and cardiology fellow at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
He joined the cardiology staff at Tufts Medical Center in 1999. In 2016, he was named professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. At Tufts, Kuvin was the associate chief of cardiology, director of cardiovascular education and fellowship training, and director of quality improvement and outcome measures. In 2011, became the associate chief medical officer for Graduate Medical Education Office, providing oversight to all training programs.
Roxana Mehran, MD, FACC, Trustee
Roxana Mehran, MD, FACC, is a professor of cardiovascular clinical research and outcomes and cardiology at Mount Sinai and a professor population health science and policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is an internationally renowned interventional cardiologist and clinical research expert in the field of cardiovascular disease.
As director of the Center for Interventional Cardiovascular Research and Clinical Trials at Mount Sinai, she has built a globally respected academic research center focused on developing randomized clinical trials, outcomes research projects and high-impact academic publications.
A prolific researcher, she has served as principal investigator for numerous global studies, developed risk scores for bleeding and acute kidney injury, participated in development of clinical guidelines and authored more than 900 peer-reviewed articles.
She has been named by Clarivate Analytics as one of the most influential scientific minds and as a highly cited researcher for several consecutive years. She is a founder and chief scientific officer of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and recently founded Women as One, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing opportunities for women in medicine.
Mehran is active within professional organizations, serving as chair of the ACC Interventional Council; program chair of the 2016 Annual Scientific Sessions of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, where she is also a co-founder of the Women in Innovations Committee; and member of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Scientific Advisory Group.
Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Mehran held appointments at Columbia University Medical Center, Lenox Hill Hospital and Washington Hospital Center. She completed fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She has received several awards, including the 2016 ACC Bernadine Healy Leadership in CV disease award, the 2018 Nanette Wenger Award from Women's Heart for excellence in research and education, and the 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Andrew Miller, MD, FACC, Trustee
Andrew Miller, MD, FACC, graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH, with a Bachelor of Philosophy in interdisciplinary studies and matriculated to the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine, graduating with highest honors in 1998.
Miller worked in the Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery laboratory throughout medical school, where he participated in clinical and fundamental studies of surgical approaches to congenital heart disease. He completed residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, where he was recognized for outstanding teaching and patient care and was chief fellow during his fourth fellowship year.
Miller chose a clinical-scientist fellowship track with two years of dedicated research time on a T32 training grant. During that time, he published fundamental research describing the cascade of inflammatory events after vascular injury and made original observations on aging-related changes in these responses to estrogen. He continued to work in this line of research after he was recruited to stay at UAB as assistant professor and associate director of the cardiology fellowship and Vascular Biology and Hypertension Programs in 2005.
In the clinical sphere, he stayed active as an educator and clinician in the echocardiography laboratory. Additionally, through his work in the fellowship program and his research focus on aging and women's cardiovascular health, Miller engaged with a passionate group of ACC leaders in the subspecialty of geriatric cardiology.
In 2008, Dr. Miller left UAB and reached out to the premier private practice CardioVascular Associates (CVA), which was founded in 1946 and is a founding member of MedAxiom. CVA, which integrated with Tenet in 2011, comprises 30 cardiologists providing comprehensive subspecialty care. At CVA, Miller poured nonclinical efforts into the governance of the practice and into the ACC.
When integrated, Miller was elected by peers as one of three physician leaders on the Joint Operating Committee, a dyading team of physicians and administrators who make strategic and operational decisions for the practice. As chair of the ACC Board of Governors, Miller has brought bidirectional communication from the grassroots to move the ball on issues such as prior authorization, diversity and inclusion, engagement of the cardiovascular team, maintenance of certification, and a strategy to engage the cardiovascular enterprise. On the ACC Board of Trustees, Miller has been an important membership voice as he has found his sum total experiences to advocate for all of the members: academic and private practice, physician and cardiovascular team, pediatric and geriatric, cardiologist and surgeon.
Daniel Jose Piñeiro, MD, FACC, Trustee
Daniel José Piñeiro, MD, FACC, is professor of medicine at the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine in Argentina. In addition, he was president of the InterAmerican Society of Cardiology (2011 – 2013). In 2006, he served as the president of the Argentine Society of Cardiology.
He received his medical degree in 1973 from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine, where he completed his cardiology residency 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. In addition, he has led more than 40 courses on echocardiography and clinical cardiology worldwide.
Cathleen C. Gates, Chief Executive Officer
Cathy Gates serves as CEO of the American College of Cardiology. During her nearly 30-year tenure at the ACC, Gates has served in a variety of roles including interim CEO, chief operating officer, chief financial officer and chief people officer.
As CEO, Gates works closely with the ACC's leaders and more than 500 staff to deliver on the College's strategic goals and meet the needs of the College's more than 54,000 members around the world. Among her biggest accomplishments, Gates spearheaded the ACC's move from its Heart House headquarters in Bethesda, MD, to Washington, DC; served as executive sponsor for the College's first diversity and inclusion program; was instrumental in ACC being named a Modern Healthcare Top 100 Best Places to Work; and has played a critical leadership role in the College's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.