ACC Early Career International Work Group

The Early Career International Work Group is a subgroup of the Early Career Section. It brings together ACC Early Career representatives from around the globe to:

  1. Promote global involvement of Early Career members with the ACC beyond its current reach.
  2. Better understand the needs of international Early Career members.
  3. Engage in sharing international clinical best practices.
  4. Foster international academic and clinical collaborations amongst early career and more senior cardiovascular professionals through mentorship.
  5. Promote international research collaboration through networking.

Team Members

Tamara (Tami) Atkinson, MD, Chair

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Institution: Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon.
Social Media: @TamiAtkinson
Clinical/Research Interests: Complex coronary interventions and TAVR

Rasha Al-Bawardy, MD, MSc., FACC

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Institution: National Guard Health Affairs- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Social Media: @rashaalbawardy
Clinical/Research Interests: Complex coronary interventions, structural and transcatheter valve interventions and endovascular interventions.

Auras R. Atreya, MD, MPH, FACC, FHRS

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Institution: AIG Institute of Cardiac Sciences and Research, Hyderabad, India
Social Media: @AurasAtreya
Clinical/Research Interests: Research interests are focused on advanced catheter ablation of arrhythmias, advanced device therapy, lead extraction, and mechanical circulatory support. Additional clinical interests include structural heart and coronary interventions.

Katarzyna (Kasia) Czerwińska-Jelonkiewicz, MD, PhD

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Institution: Harefield Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK and Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University, Krakow, Poland
Emails: kasia_czerwinska@vp.pl; K.Czerwinska-Jelonkiewicz@rbht.nhs.uk
Clinical/Research Interests: Intensive care, critical cardiovascular care, mechanical circulatory support, coagulation disorders.

Sheila Klassen, MD, FRCPC, FACC

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Institution: Chinook Regional Hospital, Alberta Health Services, Canada and Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, USA
Social Media: @sheilaklassen
Clinical/Research Interests: Echocardiography, valve disease and structural heart disease, health systems and care delivery in high-poverty settings, rheumatic heart disease, point-of-care cardiac ultrasound in low-income and rural settings.

Sara Moscatelli, MD

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Institution: Clinical Fellow in Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric CMR at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London, England
Social Media: @saramoscatelli7
Clinical/Research Interests: Pediatric cardiology, congenital heart diseases, cardiovascular imaging, women in cardiology.

Sotirios Nedios, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS

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Institution: Heart Center, University of Leipzig, Germany
Social Media: @SNedios
Clinical/Research Interests: Electrophysiology - research focus on elaborating imaging modalities, innovations and novel technologies for an individualized patient-specific treatment of cardiac arrhythmias.

Poonam Velagapudi, MD, MS, FACC

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Institution: Institution University of Nebraska Medical Center
Social Media: @Pooh_Velagapudi
Clinical/Research Interests: High risk percutaneous coronary intervention, mechanical circulatory support in shock, radial and large bore access, percutaneous transcatheter therapies including TAVR, TMVR and MitraClip.

Monica Verdoia, MD, Phd

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Institution: Institution Division of Cardiology Ospedale degli Infermi ASL Biella, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy
Clinical/Research Interests: Interventional cardiology, acute coronary syndrome, platelets and thrombosis and Vitamin D.