American College of Cardiology Names Douglas Drachman Next Annual Scientific Session Vice Chair

Drachman will begin two-year term at ACC.21 followed by two years as meeting chair

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WASHINGTON (Oct 08, 2019) -

Douglas Drachman, MD, FACC, has been selected as the next vice chair of the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session. Drachman will serve as vice chair for ACC.21 and ACC.22 and transition to chair for ACC.23 and ACC.24.

Drachman is the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center Director of Education and the Teresa G. and Ferdinand F. Martignetti Endowed Chair for Cardiovascular Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. His career has focused on education and advancing clinical care. He has been a member of the ACC Annual Scientific Session Program Committee since 2013 and has served on several education-focused ACC committees, including as chair of the Faculty Development Workgroup and the Curriculum Design Committee and as a member of the Lifelong Learning Oversight Committee.

In 2011, he participated in the ACC’s Emerging Faculty Program, which promotes skills development for emerging faculty who are committed to contributing to ACC’s education mission. At the completion of the program he was awarded the W. Proctor Harvey Teaching Award for his dedication and skill in teaching.

“Dr. Drachman has embodied ACC’s core value of promoting a culture of continuous improvement and lifelong learning,” said ACC president Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC. “His skill and dedication to teaching and education are essential to leading the ACC’s Annual Scientific Session and ensuring we continue to host the premier cardiovascular conference in the world.”

ACC established the role of vice chair in 2014 to ensure consistency and continual improvement of the ACC's flagship meeting. The Annual Scientific Session vice chair and chair are responsible for leading the development of the educational program, which attracts over 13,000 professional attendees to the meeting each year.

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As 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 bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit


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