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WASHINGTON (Oct 06, 2021) -
The American College of Cardiology has announced Katie Berlacher, MD, MS, FACC, as the next vice chair of the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session. Berlacher will serve as vice chair for ACC.23 and ACC.24 and transition to chair for ACC.25 and ACC.26.
“The College has an awesome opportunity to lead global cardiovascular education, impacting care delivery, population health, scientific discovery—and so much more,” Berlacher said. “I am both thrilled and humbled by the appointment as vice chair and am looking forward to working with the team as we build annual sessions that are grounded in science, inspired by innovation and focused on equity.
Berlacher is assistant professor of medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where she is program director of cardiovascular fellowship and associate chief of education for the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute.
She has a long history of involvement with the ACC, including extensive involvement in the College’s education programs. Berlacher currently serves as chair of the Lifelong Learning and Oversight Committee and was previously chair of the Faculty Development Work Group. Berlacher has also been a member of the Annual Scientific Session Planning Committee since 2019.
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. ACC.22 will be held April 2-4, 2022, in Washington and led by current Annual Scientific Session Chair Pamela Morris, MD, FACC, and Vice Chair Douglas Drachman, MD, FACC.
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 54,000 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 acc.org.