ACC Early Career Advocacy Work Group

The Advocacy Work Group aims to spark an interest in healthcare policy among early career professionals. To achieve this important goal, we host a series entitled "Advocacy Fireside Chats." These intimate virtual chats with healthcare leaders are an outstanding way for individuals to learn the basics of advocacy and how to better represent their patients and colleagues. We are also involved in planning breakout sessions for the annual ACC Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.

Newton B. Wiggins, MD, FACC, Co-Chair


Institution: The Chattanooga Heart Institute
Social Media: @nbwiggins
Clinical/Research Interests: Catheter Ablation. Device Therapy. Healthcare Efficiency

Brenton Bauer, MD, FACC, Co-Chair


Institution: COR Healthcare Associates/Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Social Media: @BrentonBauerMD
Clinical/Research Interests: General Cardiology, Cardio-Oncology, & Advanced Cardiac Imaging

Ifeoma Onuorah Ezenekwe, MD


Institution: Emory University, Atlanta GA
Social Media: @ifeomaheartMD
Clinical/Research Interests: Valvular echocardiography, social determinants and cardiovascular disparities among housing insured and minority patients

Rohan Mehta, MD


Institution: Baylor Scott and White Health, Temple TX
Social Media: @rohan900
Clinical/Research Interests: Cardiac imaging, and cardiovascular prevention.

Neelima Katukuri, MD, FACC


Institution: Orlando VA Medical Center, Orlando, Florida
Social Media: @katukuriNeelima
Clinical/Research Interests: Prevention and treating coronary artery disease, imaging of coronaries

Brad Nelson, MD, FACC


Institution: Renown Institute for Heart and Vascular Health, Reno, Nevada
Social Media: @cards_n2
Clinical/Research Interests: Preventive cardiology, lifestyle management of cardiovascular disease, complex cardiovascular intervention