The current ACC Board of Trustees (BOT) consists of 13 College members who took office during ACC’s 67th Annual Scientific Session in Orlando, FL in March 2018. The president of ACC leads the Trustees for a one-year term. See the full roster of BOT members and officers below:
President: C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC
C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, is a senior cardiologist at the Stroobants Cardiovascular Center of Centra Health in Lynchburg, VA. He has practiced clinical cardiology there since 1990 with expertise in cardiac catheterization and intervention, device placement and arrhythmia therapy, clinical quality, leadership and practice development.
Valentine received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, where he was named Outstanding Senior, and earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed his medical residency and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Read More >>>
Valentine’s practice was one of the first developed into an advanced system, participating in over 90 clinical trials, and leading quality and advocacy efforts in the Commonwealth. It became one of the first early integrated practice models in the U.S., joining Centra Health in 2005. As an early adopter, the practice assisted many other integrating practices with effective governance and system excellence. Valentine served as director of Clinical Quality for eight years, and president from 2009-2012. Centra was recently named a national TOP 50 Cardiovascular Hospital for the seventh time. Additionally, its international work in Tanzania and Vietnam has served as a model for training cardiologists in developing countries.
Valentine has a long history with the ACC, becoming active in the College’s Virginia Chapter in 1993. Working with John Brush, MD, FACC, he helped develop Quality Pay for Performance programs that continue today, and published on discharge systems that lower readmission rates and improve outcomes. He later served as governor of the Virginia Chapter and was appointed to the ACC’s national Advocacy Committee (now known as the Health Affairs Committee) in 2001. Valentine also chaired the ACC’s Medical Director’s Institute, which brought the concept of Appropriate Use to the Board of Trustees (BOT).
As chair of the ACC Board of Governors in 2006, Dr. Valentine helped advance the College’s national Door-to-Balloon (D2B) initiative, which proved successful in helping hospitals meet the guideline-recommended D2B times of 90 minutes or less. Later, as a member of the ACC BOT, he developed the Cardiovascular Summit with former president James T. Dove, MD, MACC, to enhance high quality and efficient care and physician leadership of service lines and health systems. Valentine served as ACC Treasurer from 2012-2015 and was elected
Vice President in 2016.
Valentine enjoys working with students and residents and has been recognized twice as Outstanding Teacher. He has served as principal investigator in four clinical trials with Centra and has been recognized by Top Doctors in Virginia, Best Doctors in America, and is the current Honorary Chair of Medicine and Surgery for Centra Health.
Valentine is married to the Honorable Shannon Valentine, a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates and current Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia. They have three adult children.
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Vice President: Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC
Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC, is a professor of clinical medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the clinical director of the Krannert Institute. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, Kovacs completed an internship and residency at the Indiana University Medical Center. His fellowship training also was at Indiana University, where he served as chief fellow and chief medical resident. He also serves as physician advisor to the Cardiac Diagnostics Department at Clarian West Hospital, is vice-chairman of the Cardiovascular Sub-Section at Clarian North Hospital and serves as acting chief of the Cardiology Service at Wishard Memorial Hospital. He is a past-chair of the ACC Board of Governors and secretary of the College from 2010 to 2011.
Treasurer: Howard T. Walpole, MD, MBA, FACC
Howard T. Walpole, MD, MBA, FACC, is the Vice President of Medical Affairs at Northeast Georgia Health System. Walpole practiced interventional cardiology for many years and served as managing partner of Saint Thomas Heart in Nashville, TN. He also served as Chief of Cardiac Sciences at Saint Thomas Hospital.
Walpole received his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Georgia and his Medical Degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University. He also completed general cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at Emory University. He obtained an Masters of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology.
Walpole is active in the ACC where he currently serves as Treasurer. He previously served as Governor of the Tennessee Chapter. He is the program director of the ACC's Cardiovascular Summit. He is a former chairman of the ACC Political Action Committee (PAC) and member of the PAC executive board.
Secretary and Board of Governors Chair: Andrew P. Miller, MD, FACC
Andrew P. Miller, MD, FACC, graduated from Miami University and the Indiana University School of Medicine with honors. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was chief fellow during his final year. Miller has more than 11 years of experience in both academic and private practice, previously serving as the associate director of the cardiology fellowship and vascular biology and hypertension programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and now serving as a physician leader at CardioVascular Associates, an integrated practice of 33 cardiologists in Birmingham, AL. Read More >>>
He has published over 50 original manuscripts and several book chapters in the fields of hypertension, vascular biology, women and heart disease, cardiothoracic surgery, and echocardiography. Miller has been active in national ACC programs since 2005, and has served on both the Diabetes Education Initiative and the Geriatric Cardiology Section Leadership Committee. Additionally, he was a primary investigator for the development of ACC’s geriatric cardiology curriculum, known as Essentials of Cardiovascular Care in Older Adults.
Miller’s experiences in fundamental and clinical research, in medical education and academics, in patient care and practice management, and as a collaborating physician for two nurse practitioners permits an experiential voice for a diverse ACC membership as he takes on the role of chair-elect of the ACC Board of Governors. He has served in other leadership roles, including being a member both the Board of Directors for the Southeast Lipid Association, as well as the Society of Geriatric Cardiology. Miller is also past-president of the Gulf Central Chapter of the American Society of Hypertension. Miller has been an active member of ACC’s Alabama Chapter since 2001. He chaired the education committee from 2008 to 2014, and has served as Alabama Chapter’s governor/president since 2015.
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Immediate-Past President: Mary Norine Walsh, MD, MACC
Mary Norine Walsh, MD, MACC, earned both her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Minnesota. She completed her internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern, and her cardiology fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. She served as an assistant professor of medicine in the division of cardiology, as well as an assistant professor of radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from 1990 to 1992. Walsh joined what is now St. Vincent Medical Group in Indianapolis, IN in 1992. Her areas of expertise include nuclear cardiology, heart failure, and cardiac transplantation with a special interest in cardiovascular disease in women. Read More >>>
She is the medical director of the heart failure and cardiac transplantation programs and director of nuclear cardiology at St. Vincent Heart Center. She is program director of the St. Vincent Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation fellowship.
She is past president of the Indiana affiliate of the American Heart Association, past board member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and a current board member of WomenHeart — the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. She has served as an associate editor of HeartWatch — a publication of the Massachusetts Medical Society and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cardiac Failure and as an editorial consultant for JACC Heart Failure and a reviewer for multiple scientific journals. She is an author of more than 100 articles and book chapters.
She has been active in the ACC, both locally and nationally. She was previously elected as president of the Indiana Chapter, and has served on and chaired multiple committees and work groups. She currently serves as the organization's president.
Walsh has represented the American Board of Internal Medicine on the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine and she previously served the ABIM as a member of the Congestive Heart Failure PIM Committee.
Walsh's teaching activities include instruction of students, residents and fellows and she lectures frequently on heart failure, heart disease in women and topics in nuclear cardiology. She is actively involved in clinical research in heart failure, nuclear cardiology and systems approaches for quality initiatives in the practice setting. She received the Wenger Award for Medical Leadership in 2014 and has been elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America annually since 2005.
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Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN
Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN, is president and chief executive officer of Cardiovascular Management of Illinois, a cardiology physician practice management company. She works with more than 40 providers in the Chicago area and partners in their cardiovascular service lines. She has more than 40 years of experience as a registered nurse, service line director, hospital vice president and chief executive officer, and served more recently for 20 years in physician practice management. She earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Mayo/College of St. Teresa and her master of science in nursing at Northern Illinois University. Read More >>>
She has been active nationally in strategic planning, operational efficiencies, integrated financial and quality initiatives, and growth and development of the cardiovascular service lines. She is focused on facilitating the integration of strategic, financial, and quality perspectives between the practices and the hospital cardiovascular service lines. She has been active nationally, both as a consultant and a lecturer, on physician/hospital integration, governance, movement from volume to value, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), episodes of care, physician compensation modeling, development and formation of cardiovascular service lines, quality initiatives, development of clinical service line agreements, designing balanced quality score cards, and remains engaged in advocacy issues.
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Paul N. Casale, MD, MPH, FACC
Paul N. Casale, MD, MPH, FACC, graduated from Cornell University Medical College prior to completing an internal medicine residency at The New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. Following residency, he completed a clinical and research fellowship in cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He earned a master of public health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is executive director of New York Quality Care, the accountable care organization of New York-Presbyterian, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medicine. Casale is a member of the ACC Board of Trustees and is chair of the ACC Population Health Management Taskforce. He serves on the National Quality Forum MAP Clinician Workgroup and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee.
Edward T.A. Fry, MD, FACC
Edward T. A. Fry, MD, FACC, is a general and interventional cardiologist at St. Vincent Medical Group in Indianapolis, IN. He earned his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and went on to complete his internship and residency at Barnes Hospital. Fry completed fellowships at both Washington University/Barnes Hospital and St. Vincent Medical Group. Dr. Fry currently serves as Chair of the St. Vincent Health CV Service Line and Ascension Health National CV Service Line. He has held academic positions at Washington University and Marian University Schools of Medicine. He is a Past-President of the ACC's Indiana Chapter and has served on the ACC Board of Governors. Read More >>>
Fry's research interests have included basic and clinical studies of novel thrombolytic, anti-platelet, anticoagulant, and interventional therapies in acute coronary syndromes. Currently, his professional efforts have focused on developing and leading CV quality programs, integration, coordination, and management of teams of CV care within hospitals as well as in regional and national health care systems. He has served on the ACC Digital Strategy Committee, Interventional Leadership Council, Clinical Quality Committee, BOG Steering Committee, CV Teams and CV Management of the Future Task Force, as well as Surviving MI, Integrating the Health Enterprise (IHE) Health Policy, Consulting Solutions, and Preauthorization Work Groups.
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Robert C. Hendel, MD, FACC
Robert C. Hendel, MD, FACC, received his bachelor of arts degree in biological sciences and education from Northwestern University before receiving his medical degree, with distinction, from George Washington University School of Medicine. He is currently the Sidney W. and Marilyn S. Lassen chair in cardiovascular medicine and chief of the section of cardiology at the Tulane University School of Medicine, in New Orleans, LA. He previously served as the associate chief of clinical cardiology, director of cardiac imaging and professor of medicine and radiology at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, as well as the chief for cardiovascular service and director of the cardiac care unit at the University of Miami Hospital. Hendel's areas of research have included angiogenesis, attenuation-corrected SPECT imaging, patient risk stratification, pharmacologic stress testing and quality/appropriateness in cardiac imaging.
Akshay Khandelwal, MD, FACC (BOG Chair-Elect)
Akshay Khandelwal, MD FACC, FSCAI, is the Governor of the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. He earned his FACC in 2007, and has been active in the College throughout his career. Khandelwal was selected as a member of the ACC Emerging Faculty program (Class of 2012). He has co-authored several chapters on reperfusion therapies in both ACCSAP and CathSAP, as well as papers on PCI quality, STEMI, and cardiogenic shock. He currently serves on the ACC Scientific Session Planning Committee as Acute and Stable Ischemic Heart Disease (ASIHD) pathway chair, the ACC Accreditation Services Chest Pain Subcommittee, and the ACC BOG Steering Committee, as well as the American Heart Association (AHA) Hospital Accreditation Cardiovascular Subcommittee. Read More >>>
Prior to serving as Governor for Michigan, Khandelwal was the quality chair for the Michigan Chapter. Khandelwal is an interventional cardiologist at Henry Ford Hospital, where he serves as the director of cardiovascular outpatient services and director of STEMI and PCI quality. He has operational leadership within the division of cardiology of almost 40 cardiologists across three hospitals, seven clinics, and multiple cath, noninvasive, and EP labs. Khandelwal serves on several medical group, hospital, and system committees, including the Henry Ford Medical Group Finance Committee, the Henry Ford Medical Group Operations Council, and the Henry Ford Health System Cardiovascular Care Council.
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Christopher M. Kramer, MD, FACC
Christopher M. Kramer, MD, FACC, received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco, after which he completed residency and chief residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania. His first faculty appointment was at Allegheny General Hospital, Medical College of Pennsylvania Hahnemann School of Medicine where he directed the cardiology fellowship program. In 1999, Kramer moved to the University of Virginia where he currently serves as the Ruth C. Heede professor of cardiology, professor of radiology, and director of the cardiovascular imaging center. Read More >>>
Kramer’s principal research interest has been in the application of cardiovascular magnetic resonance to the cardiovascular system. He is co-principal investigator of a 2,750 patient, 44-site, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded U01 international registry study of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an R01 in peripheral arterial disease, and a T32 in cardiovascular imaging. Kramer is a past president and Gold Medal awardee of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, past chair of ACC’s Imaging Section and vice chair of ACC’s appropriate use task force, as well as past member and chair of the clinical and integrative cardiovascular sciences National Institutes of Health study section.
Kramer is presently deputy editor of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, associate editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and a member of the editorial boards of Circulation, Circulation CV Imaging, Journal of the American Heart Association, Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, ACCEL, and Vascular Medicine. He is also a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of University Cardiologists.
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Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC
Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC, has practiced cardiothoracic surgery in Dallas, TX, since 1982. He is board certified in internal medicine, general surgery and thoracic surgery. Mack is the director of the cardiovascular service line for Baylor Scott & White Health, chair of the Baylor Scott & White Cardiovascular Governance Council and director of cardiovascular research at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. He also co-founded the Cardiopulmonary Research Science and Technology Institute. He has over 500 peer reviewed medical publications. Mack is on the Steering Committee of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network of the National Institutes of Health, the ACC Interventional Scientific Council and the STS/ACC National Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry Steering Committee. He is a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) MDEpiNet Advisory Committee. Read More >>>
He is currently a director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and a member of the National Medical Device Planning Board of the FDA/Duke Margolis Institute. Mack was president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in 2011 and is past president of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery. Mack is an honorary member of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and has received the Presidential Citation of the ACC and the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Daniel José Piñeiro, MD, FACC
Daniel José Piñeiro, MD, FACC, is professor of medicine at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition, he is also the president of the InterAmerican Society of Cardiology (2011-2013). In 2006, he served as the president of the Argentinian Society of Cardiology. He received his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1973. Subsequently, he underwent his cardiology residency training at the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine in 1979. Read More >>>
Piñeiro has participated in more than 100 national and international congresses and symposia as a coordinator, panelist and lecturer and round table chair. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 scientific articles at cardiovascular congresses and symposia, and has been invited to lecture in Latin America, the U.S., Europe and Africa. He has also headed more than 40 courses on echocardiography and clinical cardiology worldwide.
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B. Hadley Wilson, MD, FACC (Membership Committee Chair)
B. Hadley Wilson, MD, FACC, graduated with honors from Davidson College and subsequently Duke University Medical School, going on to train in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University, where he served as chief resident before his cardiology fellowship under Gottlieb Friesinger, MD, FACC. He joined Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute as an interventional cardiologist where he rose to director of the cath lab and then chief of cardiology for over 15 years. During his time at Sanger, Wilson served as co-director of the annual Advanced Cardiovascular Interventions course at Hilton Head from 1992 to 2007, as the chief interventional cardiologist for the ACC North Carolina STEMI/RACE program for a statewide system of care from 2005 to 2015, and now the ACC/American Heart Association National STEMI Accelerator I and II programs covering over 30 million lives. Read More >>>
For the last decade, Wilson has been clinical professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and serves on the yearly faculty at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics’ annual meeting. He has over 50 publications with interests including new stent technologies and devices for coronary intervention particularly bioabsorbable stents, left main stenting and chronic total occlusions, as well as an interest in appropriate public reporting of PCI outcomes.
For the past five years, he has been a program director for ACC's North Carolina/South Carolina Chapter annual meeting which has grown into one of the largest combined state meetings with over 200 attendees. Hadley was elected the governor for ACC's North Carolina Chapter for the 2014-2017 term, and his efforts with the state legislature on population health led to his appointment to the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force in 2015. He has led numerous cardiology medical missions to Haiti, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, and since 2012 to Belize to establish the country's only national PCI and CABG program. Wilson served as the Board of Governors Chair-Elect in 2016 and BOG Chair in 2017, as well as on the ACC Membership Committee and the NCDR Management Board.
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