Dr. William Oetgen Recognized With American College of Cardiology Top Honor

Oetgen to be presented with Presidential Citation at ACC’s 67th Annual Scientific Session

Contact: Sam Roth, sroth@acc.org, 202-375-6582

ORLANDO (Mar 09, 2018) -

William Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC, has been awarded the 2018 Presidential Citation by the American College of Cardiology in honor of his contributions to the cardiovascular profession. Oetgen, who is ACC executive vice president for science and quality, education, and publications, will be recognized for these achievements along with all 2018 Distinguished Award winners at the Convocation Ceremony on March 12 during the ACC’s 67th Annual Scientific Session in Orlando.

“William Oetgen’s dedication to the cardiovascular field has been inspiring and motivating,” said ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC. “Dr. Oetgen’s previous work and his current position with the College have shown his perseverance in improving the quality of patient care and promoting the importance of proper education. I am proud to present him with the Presidential Citation.”

The Presidential Citation is awarded to a person whose contributions to the field of cardiology have been truly extraordinary.

Oetgen was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, receiving a B.A. in psychology in 1969. After receiving his medical degree, cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Oetgen served his internship and pediatrics and internal medicine residencies at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  He then volunteered to serve at the U.S. Army Hospital in Seoul, Korea, as an internist and flight surgeon.  He completed his training in adult cardiovascular disease in 1981 at Walter Reed where he served as the director of the Coronary Care Unit and assistant chief of the cardiology service.

Entering private practice in 1986, Oetgen was appointed Chief of Cardiology at Greater Southeast Community Hospital in Washington, D.C. In 1997 Oetgen co-founded Maryland Health Care Associates, a multi-specialty medical practice and Apollo Medical Management Company, a management services organization in the southern Maryland suburbs of Washington. Maryland HealthCare Associates had grown to more than ninety physicians when Oetgen retired from the active practice of cardiovascular medicine in 2010.

In November 2011, Oetgen joined the American College of Cardiology as senior vice president for science and quality where he currently serves as executive vice president for science and quality, education, and publications. He is also Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and has been an adjunct faculty member of the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, where he received his M.B.A. degree in 1996.  Oetgen also serves in a voluntary capacity as chairman of the MedStar Health Board of Directors, a not-for-profit health system and the largest health care provider in Maryland and the Washington region.

Nineteen Distinguished Awards will be presented at the Annual Scientific Session this year, each recognizing an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine. Recipients are nominated by their peers and then selected by the American College of Cardiology Awards Committee.

The ACC’s Annual Scientific Session brings together cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists from around the world to share the newest discoveries in treatment and prevention. Follow @ACCMediaCenter and #ACC18 for the latest news from the meeting.

The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit acc.org.


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