The current ACC Board of Trustees (BOT) consists of 14 College members who took office during ACC's 68th Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans, LA in March 2019. The president of ACC leads the Trustees for a one-year term. See the full roster of BOT members and officers below:
President: Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC
Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC, is the Q.E. and Sally Russell Professor of Cardiology at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine and the cardiology service line leader of IU Health. He also serves as the clinical director of the Krannert Institute of Cardiology, joining a long line of ACC presidents from Krannert.
A graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Kovacs completed an internship and residency at IU Medical Center. His fellowship training also was at IU, where he served as chief fellow and chief medical resident.
He joined the IU School of Medicine in 1986 as assistant professor and later served as the medical director and CEO of Methodist Research Institute. He also served as senior clinical research physician at the Lilly Research Laboratories of Eli Lilly and Company. He returned to full-time faculty at IU School of Medicine in 2003.
At the IU School of Medicine, Kovacs has served as the associate dean for Clinical Research and associate director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He has also served as chair of Institutional Review Board for the Biomedical Sciences and the chair of the IRB Executive Committee.
Kovacs's primary research interests include quality measurement and improvement, drug safety and sports cardiology. He also oversees the cardiovascular evaluations of players at the Annual National Football League Scouting Combine.
Prior to becoming ACC president, Kovacs served as ACC vice president, secretary and a member of the Board of Trustees. He also served as chair of the ACC Board of Governors and held leadership roles on ACC's Science and Quality Committee and NCDR Management Board.
Vice President: Athena Poppas, MD, FACC
Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, is the director of Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute, Rhode Island, Miriam, and Newport Hospitals, and holds the position of chief of cardiology of the Cardiology Division and Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Poppas received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at University of Chicago Hospital.
Poppas specializes in echocardiography and in treating patients with valvular heart disease and heart disease during pregnancy. She was named a Top Doctor by Rhode Island Monthly magazine and has received numerous teaching awards at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital.
Prior to becoming ACC vice president, Poppas held numerous leadership roles within the College and has served as chair of the Women in Cardiology Section, chair of the ACC Annual Scientific Session in 2015 and 2016, chair of the ACC Sections Steering Committee and chair of the ACC Governance Committee, and a member of the Health Systems Strategy Task Force. She also served on the ACC Board of Governors as governor and president of the ACC Rhode Island Chapter, as well as on the ACC Board of Trustees.
Poppas is also a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography, where she has served on committees, including ethics, nominating and scientific programs. She has also worked with the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology, among other organizations.
Immediate-Past President: C. Michael Valentine, MD, MACC
C. Michael Valentine, MD, MACC, 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 School of Medicine. He completed his medical residency and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
Valentine has a long history with the ACC, becoming active in the College's Virginia Chapter in 1993. He served as governor of the Virginia Chapter and was appointed to ACC's national Advocacy Committee (now known as the Health Affairs Committee) in 2001. He served as chair of the ACC Board of Governors in 2006, as well as a member of the ACC Board of Trustees. Valentine served as ACC treasurer from 2012 – 2015, was elected vice president in 2016, and served as president from 2018 – 2019.
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.
Treasurer: Howard T. Walpole, Jr., MD, MBA, FACC
Howard T. Walpole, MD, MBA, FACC, is the vice president of Medical Affairs at Northeast Georgia Health System. Walpole received his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Georgia and his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University. He also completed fellowships in general cardiology and interventional cardiology Emory University. He obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory.
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. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology. Walpole is active in the ACC, serving in the role of treasurer and as program director of ACC's Cardiovascular Summit. He is a former chair of the ACC Political Action Committee (PAC) and member of the PAC executive board, as well as a past governor of the ACC Tennessee Chapter.
Secretary and BOG Chair: Akshay Khandelwal, MD, FACC
Akshay Khandelwal, MD FACC, is an interventional cardiologist at Henry Ford Hospital, where he serves as associate division head of cardiology. Khandelwal serves on several medical group, hospital and system committees, including chair of the Henry Ford Medical Group Finance Committee, vice chair of the Henry Ford Medical Group Operations Council and member of the Henry Ford Health System Cardiovascular Care Council. He is a member of the Henry Ford Physician Network Board of Trustees. In addition, he serves as chair of the state of Michigan STEMI Systems of Care Task Force.
He has been active in the ACC since becoming a Fellow in 2007. He was selected as a member of the ACC Emerging Faculty program (Class of 2012) and has served on the ACC Scientific Session Planning Committee as Acute and Stable Ischemic Heart Disease pathway chair, the ACC Accreditation Services Chest Pain Subcommittee and the ACC Board of Governors (BOG) Steering Committee, as well as on the American Heart Association Hospital Accreditation Cardiovascular Subcommittee. Prior to becoming ACC secretary and BOG chair, Khandelwal served as governor for ACC's Michigan Chapter. He currently serves as Chair of the ACC Digital Transformation Task Force.
BOG Chair-Elect: Daniel M. Philbin, Jr., MD, FACC
Daniel M. Philbin, MD, FACC, is a cardiac electrophysiologist at New England Heart and Vascular Institute in Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH. Philbin graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Yale College and went on to earn his MD from Yale University School of Medicine. His postgraduate training was spent with an internship and residency at Yale New Haven Hospital.
He also completed fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and clinical cardiac electrophysiology at Yale University. Philbin became a Fellow of the ACC in 2000, and served on the Board of Governors (BOG) for the ACC New Hampshire – Northern New England Chapter from 2017-2020, as well as BOG Steering Committee from 2018-2020. He serves as incoming chair of ACC's BOG, in addition to his role on the Board of Trustees.
Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN, FACC
Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN, FACC, is president and CEO 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 CEO. More recently, she served in physician practice management for 20 years.
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. 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 practices and hospital cardiovascular service lines. She has consulted and lectured nationally 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, and designing balanced quality score cards. She remains engaged in advocacy issues.
Paul N. Casale, MD, MPH, FACC
Paul N. Casale, MD, MPH, FACC, 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. He graduated from Cornell University's Weill Cornell Medicine Medical College and completed an internal medicine residency at New York Hospital-Cornell 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 T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 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.
Claire S. Duvernoy, MD, FACC
Claire S. Duvernoy, MD, FACC, is a professor of medicine specializing in interventional cardiology at the University of Michigan Medical School. She served as chief of the cardiology section at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center for more than 10 years before transitioning to her role as director of the regional cardiology network.
Duvernoy attended the University of Michigan Medical School, where she also finished her internship and residency in internal medicine and completed a fellowship in cardiology and interventional cardiology. Later, she was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, where she studied myocardial blood flow using positron emission tomography.
Duvernoy's research interests include cardiovascular and coronary heart disease (CHD) in women and the role of medical and lifestyle interventions in preventing CHD in men and women. She founded the Women's Heart Program at the University of Michigan and has an active clinical cardiology practice at both the University and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. She co-chairs the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center's Diversity Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee.
Duvernoy has been actively involved with the ACC on both a state and national level since her fellowship; she served as co-president of the Michigan Cardiology Fellows Society, was on the Michigan Chapter ACC council, and served as governor and president of ACC's Michigan Chapter from 2011 – 2014. She also was a member of, and subsequently chaired, the ACC Credentialing and Membership Committee, as well as the Women in Cardiology Section and Leadership Council. She is a member of the ACC Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Duvernoy is a national leader in the Veterans Health Administration, serving as chair of the national VA Cardiology Field Advisory Committee. She was voted one of southeastern Michigan's Top Docs and has been named one of America's Best Doctors. She is beloved by the cardiovascular trainees at the University of Michigan, and received the Clinical Role Model of the Year award from the fellowship program in 2016.
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-Jewish Hospital. Fry completed fellowships at both Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Vincent Medical Group. 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 School of Medicine and Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a past president of ACC's Indiana Chapter and has served on the ACC Board of Governors. Fry's research interests have included basic and clinical studies of novel thrombolytic, antiplatelet, anticoagulant, and interventional therapies in acute coronary syndromes. Currently, his professional efforts focus on developing and leading cardiovascular quality programs and integrating, coordinating and managing cardiovascular care teams within hospitals and 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 Team and CV Management of the Future Task Force, as well as Surviving MI Work Group, Integrating the Health Enterprise (IHE) Health Policy Work Group, Consulting Solutions Work Group, and Preauthorization Work Group.
Robert C. Hendel, MD, FACC
Robert C. Hendel, MD, FACC, 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 received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences and education from Northwestern University before receiving his medical degree, with distinction, from George Washington University School of Medicine.
Before joining the faculty at Tulane, Hendel 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.
James L. Januzzi, Jr., MD, FACC
James L. Januzzi, MD, FACC is the Hutter Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a staff cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). After completing his undergraduate studies at Holy Cross College in 1988, Januzzi graduated as a top-ranked student at New York Medical College and completed a residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and fellowship in cardiology and cardiac ultrasound at MGH. He joined the Cardiology Division at MGH in 2000.
Januzzi is a clinician and clinical researcher. He has an active general cardiology practice focused on patients with acute and chronic heart failure. He has made extensive contributions to the understanding of cardiac biomarker testing, where his research has set international standards for use in diagnosis, prognosis, and management of patients suffering from acute and chronic heart failure, as well as those with acute coronary syndromes.
Januzzi has contributed to numerous efforts at the ACC, serving as an associate editor for both the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and JACC: Heart Failure. He has also served as chair of the Task Force on Expert Consensus Decision Pathway Documents and co-chair of the Science and Quality Committee.
Daniel José Piñeiro, MD, FACC
Daniel José Piñeiro, MD, FACC, is professor of medicine at the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine in Argentina. In addition, he was 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 in 1973 from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine, where he completed his cardiology residency in 1979.
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. In addition, he has led more than 40 courses on echocardiography and clinical cardiology worldwide.
B. Hadley Wilson, MD, FACC
B. Hadley Wilson, MD, FACC, is an interventional cardiologist at Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute in North Carolina, where he rose to director of the cath lab and then served as chief of cardiology for over 15 years. Wilson graduated with honors from Davidson College and subsequently Duke University School of Medicine. He the trained in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University, where he served as chief resident before completing his cardiology fellowship under Gottlieb Friesinger, MD, FACC.
During his time at Sanger, Wilson served as co-director of the annual Advanced Cardiovascular Interventions course at Hilton Head from 1992 – 2007 and as the chief interventional cardiologist for the ACC North Carolina STEMI/RACE program for a statewide system of care from 2005 – 2015. He now serves as the chair of the ACC/American Heart Association National STEMI Accelerator I and II programs, covering more than 30 million lives. For the past decade, Wilson has been clinical professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and he serves on the yearly faculty at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics' annual meeting. Wilson has served as governor for ACC's North Carolina Chapter, as well as chair of the Board of Governors. Additionally, he has held positions on the ACC Membership Committee and the NCDR Management Board.