Oetgen to Lead American College of Cardiology Division of Science & Quality

Contact: Beth Casteel, bcasteel@acc.org, 202-375-6396

Washington, DC (November 4, 2011)—William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC, has been named Senior Vice President for Science and Quality of the American College of Cardiology, ACC Chief Executive Officer Jack Lewin, MD, announced today.
“Dr. Oetgen has an impressive history in clinical cardiology care and research,” Dr. Lewin said. “With his knowledge of cardiovascular medicine, his background in business, and his excellent working knowledge of the Division of Science and Quality, he will be able to hit the ground running.”
Oetgen is a longtime ACC member, member of the Board of Trustees, and leader in the development of the ACC’s outpatient data registry, PINNACLE. Oetgen has practiced cardiology in Maryland and Washington DC. He is a clinical professor of medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and is an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. He was also a founding member of Maryland HealthCare Associates, a large regional primary care medical practice and a founder of a medical management services organization in Maryland. He is currently a member of the board of MedStar Health, a nine-hospital health system in the Washington-Baltimore region.
The Division of Science and Quality is responsible for translating the latest in cardiovascular science into quality improvement at the practice level.  The division leads in the development of practice guidelines, quality improvement programs, and the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, known as NCDR—the most comprehensive outcomes-based quality improvement program in medicine in the United States. NCDR includes five hospital-based registries that collect data and provide feedback to participating hospitals on the quality of cardiovascular care they provide. NCDR also includes the practice-based registry, PINNACLE.
“Dr. Oetgen’s vision for the division and for NCDR will help the ACC continue to be a leader in advocating for quality cardiovascular care,” Dr. Lewin said. “He will establish the registries as tools to facilitate value-based purchasing, and he sees the potential of the registries as tools to create personalized physician training based on actual performance and experience.”
About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology is transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health through continuous quality improvement, patient-centered care, payment innovation and professionalism. The College is a 39,000-member nonprofit medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet its stringent qualifications. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines, and is a staunch supporter of cardiovascular research. The ACC provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care. More information about the association is available online at www.cardiosource.org/ACC.

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