CV Team Member Spotlight: Nancy L. Lundy, NP, AACC

How did you get started in health care?
In 1983, my then 3-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I spent many years after the diagnosis learning how to care for her and navigate through the health care industry. Along the way, I decided to change careers from veterinary medicine to nursing.

Where did your career in cardiology begin?
When I graduated in 1995, there were no jobs in the town I was living in and I had to travel over 50 miles to work. No one in the hospital liked telemetry, but I found it challenging. When a job opened at a hospital in my hometown, they were excited that I had telemetry experience and hired me full-time on the telemetry floor.

What cardiology specialty do you practice in and what patient population do you serve?
My passion is in heart failure. I currently work in a smaller regional medical center and wear multiple hats, but still love rounding on and teaching the heart failure patients.

How long have you been a member of the ACC?
I joined the ACC in 2003, right after I graduated with my nurse practitioner degree.

What is your involvement in the ACC and the CV Team Section?
I was the Colorado State Liaison for the ACC from 2012 – 2016. Right after that, I was asked to assume the role as chair of the CV Team State Liaisons Committee, and am still in that position today.

Are you currently active on any committees or do you hold any leadership positions at the ACC or other professional organizations?
In addition to my role as chair of the CV Team State Liaisons, I am also a member of the Section's Membership Committee and an ad hoc member of the CV Team Section Leadership Council.

What are your thoughts regarding the impact of the CV Team Section on the practice of cardiology?
With the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, and quality vs. quantity medicine, the CV Team Section's impact will be more important than ever to meet goals that are being set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. There is already a physician shortage that will be much worse by 2020. The utilization of the CV Team Section is the only way that medicine will continue to succeed and provide quality care to our patients and ourselves in the future.

Do you have recommendations on how other CV Team Section members can become more involved in the College?
Raise your hand. We need more CV Team Section member involvement in all areas of the College. You can contact me, Kelli Bohannon or Eileen Handberg to let us know what your dreams and aspirations are. We love to help people achieve their goals and need more CV Team Section leaders – we are waiting to hear from you today!

How can fellow CV Team Section members get in touch with you?
Email is always the best initial contact for me. If you want to talk, just let me know what number and time works, and I will do my best to call you when you are ready. My email address is