Coffee with the ACC President

Thank you for your interest in the Coffee With the ACC President series, hosted by Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC (@ditchhaporia). The series launched in 2021, at the beginning of Dr. Itchhaporia's presidency, and has covered a broad range of topics, including health innovation, food and nutrition, and leadership and team building. Each coffee chat was recorded and is accessible on ACC's YouTube channel. Watch the conversations on YouTube and share your thoughts using #ACCCoffeeTable on Twitter.

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Previous Events

  • Saturday, March 26, 2022: Global Togetherness
    Guests: Stephan Achenbach, MD, FACC and Fausto J. Pinto, MD, PhD, FACC
    Stephan Achenbach, MD, FACCStephan Achenbach, MD, FACC Fausto J. Pinto, MD, PhD, FACCFausto J. Pinto, MD, PhD, FACC

    Dr. Stephan Achenbach graduated from Medical School at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany in 1993 and completed his training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the associated university hospital. In 2002/2003, he was a research fellow at the Department of Radiology and Cardiology Division, Massachusetts General Hospital. Since 2012, he is the Chairman of the Department of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine at the University of Erlangen, Germany.  His main clinical interests are interventional cardiology, general cardiology as well as cardiac imaging. His research is focused on cardiac interventions and cardiac imaging with a special focus on computed tomography of the heart and the use of imaging to support coronary and structural interventional procedures. He was the Founding President of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He currently serves as the President of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

    Professor and Dr. Fausto Pinto received his medical degree and PhD from Lisbon School of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal and completed fellowships at Santa Maria University Hospital and Stanford University Medical School where he was Clinical Attending in the Echo lab. He is Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon, Professor of Cardiology and Head of the Cardiovascular Department. He was President and founder of the European Association of Echocardiography and President of the European Society of Cardiology. He is the current President of World Heart Federation and holds Fellowship from ESC, ASC, EACVI (European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging), SCAI and ASE as well as serves as an Honorary Member of several international societies. He was Editor in Chief of the Portuguese Journal of Cardiology for many years, and Member of the Editorial Board of several international journals. He published over 600 indexed articles and has presented over 1500 lectures/chairmanships at national and international meetings. His main areas of interest are cardiovascular imaging, among others.

  • Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022: Lessons In Leadership
    Guests: Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, FACC, and Nanette K. Wenger, MD, MACC, MACP
    Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, MACC Nanette K. Wenger, MD, MACC, MACP

    Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, MACC, is Vice-Dean of Diversity & Inclusion, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He concomitantly serves as Chief of Cardiology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, and Associate Director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He holds the Magerstadt Endowed Professor of Medicine Chair and is appointed Professor of Medical Social Sciences. With over 600 peer-reviewed publications, he and is Deputy Editor, JAMA Cardiology, and Senior Section Editor (Heart Failure), Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Yancy is also an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (2016) and the American Association of Physicians (2020).

    Nanette K. Wenger, MD, MACC, MACP, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine, Chief of Cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital, and a Consultant to the Emory Heart and Vascular Center. Dr. Wenger is a Past President of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology and Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology. She has received several awards, has authored or coauthored over 1300 scientific and review articles and book chapters, and has chaired multiple conferences and committees.

  • Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022: Health Care & Global Economics
    Guest: Mohamed A. El-Erian, the President of Queens' College, Cambridge University
    Mohamed A. El-ErianMohamed A. El-Erian

    Mohamed A. El-Erian is the President of Queens' College, Cambridge University. He serves as an advisor to Allianz and Gramercy, and a Professor of Practice at the Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania. A columnist for Bloomberg and the Financial Times, El-Erian has written two New York Times bestsellers. He was the CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO, a Deputy Director at the IMF, and Chair of President Obama's Global Development Council.

  • Saturday, Dec. 4: Health Equity
    Guests: Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, Professor, University of California San Francisco and Ed W. Childs, MD, FACS, Professor and Chairman, Morehouse School of Medicine
    Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA Ed W. Childs, MD, FACS

    Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA is the Walter A. Haas-Lucie Stern Endowed Chair in Cardiology and Professor in Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), Admissions Dean for UCSF Medical School and Director of the CeNter for the StUdy of AdveRsiTy and CardiovascUlaR DiseasE (NURTURE Center). She is President of the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. and the 60th President of the Association of University Cardiologists. Dr. Albert is also President-elect of the American Heart Association (AHA).

    Ed W. Childs, MD, FACS is the Professor and Chairman of Surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine. He received his bachelor's degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Texas at Dallas and his Doctor of Medicine from Texas A&M College of Medicine. He completed his postgraduate training in general surgery at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Childs co-edited Stigma and Prejudice with Dr. Rana Parekh and co-authored The Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health.

  • Saturday, Nov. 13: Communication, Change and Adaptation
    Guests: Randall N. Hyer, MD, PhD, MPH and Vincent T. Covello, PhD
    Randall N. Hyer, MD, PhD, MPHRandall N. Hyer, MD, PhD, MPH Vincent T. Covello, PhDVincent T. Covello, PhD

    Dr. Randall Hyer is a risk and crisis management consultant with broad experience including disease outbreaks, product safety concerns, reorganizations and downsizing, budget cuts, outbreak investigations, rogue employee mitigations, health hazard evaluations, and strategic communications. He is the Vice President for risk communication at the National Council for Radiation Protection and Measurement, advises the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and lectures at Harvard University. Dr. Hyer has over 15 years of experience in biotechnology with vaccines, biologics, and biosimilars. As the Senior Vice President for Global Medical at Moderna, Dr. Hyer helped develop, communicate and manage the global rollout of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine. In 2017, he was pivotal in engaging the scientific, medical and policy communities to help achieve FDA approval of a new adult hepatitis B vaccine (HEPLISAV-B), the first vaccine using a truly novel adjuvant.

    Dr. Vincent Covello is the founder and Director of the Center for Risk Communication. A global expert and practitioner on risk, crisis, and high stress communications, he has authored or co-authored more than 150 articles in scientific journals and the author/editor of more than 20 books. One of Dr. Covello's most popular publications is "Effective Media Communication during Public Health Emergencies" (World Health Organization, 2005). His most recent book is titled "Communicating in Risk, Crisis, and High Stress Situations: Evidence Based Strategy and Practice" (Wiley, 2021). Dr. Covello's work has been applied nationally and globally to a wide range of topics, including disease outbreaks, radiological incidents, industrial accidents, food safety, hospital emergencies, climate change, and physician-patient communications. He has held numerous positions over his career including Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University and a study director at the National Academy of Sciences.

  • Saturday, Oct. 2: Health Policy & Advocacy
    Guest: Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (@BillCassidy)
    Bill Cassidy, MDBill Cassidy, MD

    Bill Cassidy, MD, is the United States Senator for Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University (LSU) for undergraduate and medical school, and in 1990, Senator Cassidy joined LSU Medical School teaching medical students and residents at Earl K. Long Hospital, a hospital for the uninsured. During this time, he co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, a clinic providing free dental and health care to the working uninsured community. Following his successful efforts to lower the cost of health care, secure coastal restoration projects to protect Louisiana families from natural disasters, reform the nation's mental health system, and secure many other legislative accomplishments, Senator Cassidy was reelected in 2020 to his second term in the U.S. Senate.

  • Saturday, Sept. 25: Leadership & Team Building
    Guests: Olympic gold medalist Maddie Musselman (@maddiemusselman) and veteran US Navy SEAL and author Chris Fussell (@FussellChris)
    Maddie MusselmanMaddie Musselman Chris FussellChris Fussell

    Maddie Musselman is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in women's water polo (Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020) and three-time World Champion. She was named MVP of the 2020 Olympic Games, MVP of World Championships in 2017, and World League Super Final in both 2019 and 2021. Maddie is currently a student-athlete at UCLA studying Physiological Science. Aside from her goals of excelling in athletics, she is interested in the field of medicine and has her eyes set on medical school.

    Chris Fussell serves as the President of McChrystal Group and is a 2015 New York Times bestseller for "Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World" as well as a 2017 Wall Street Journal bestseller for "One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams." He spent 15 years on the US Navy SEAL Teams, leading SEAL elements in combat zones around the globe. Chris is also a Senior Fellow for National Security at New America, a Washington, DC-based non-partisan think tank dedicated to understanding the next generation of challenges facing the United States.

  • Saturday, Aug. 21: Food and Nutrition
    Guests: Uma S. Valeti, MBBS, FACC, (@UmaValeti) and Kim A. Williams, Sr., MD, MACC, (@cardio10s)
    Uma S. Valeti, MBBS, FACCUma S. Valeti, MBBS, FACC Kim A. Williams, Sr., MD, MACCKim A. Williams, Sr., MD, MACC

    Dr. Uma S. Valeti is the Founder and CEO of UPSIDE Foods, the world's leading cultivated meat company producing delicious meat directly from animal cells. His vision kickstarted a movement globally and his team pioneered the world's first multi-animal meat production platform to open up a multi-trillion-dollar market opportunity while inspiring a more sustainable and humane food system. Valeti was also listed as a "Global Thinker of the Decade" by Foreign Policy Magazine and is an adjunct professor in Cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University.

    Dr. Kim Allan Williams is Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Rush University and serves as Associate Dean for Faculty Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Rush University, where he focuses on recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities and women. His professional focus is on preventive cardiology, specializing in synthesizing data on CV risk and mortality due to nutrition. He has become an internationally recognized speaker, including over 200 publications, online resources, movies and lectures on the topic of cardio nutrition. Among his many accomplishments and leadership roles, Williams has served on many national committees and boards, including serving as the President of both the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Black Cardiologists.

  • Saturday, July 24: Digital Health
    Guests: David C. Rhew, MD (@drhew) and Sanjeev Bhavnani, MD, FACC (@SanjeevBhavnani)
  • Saturday, June 5: Global Health and Innovation
    Guests: Robert Harrington, MD, MACC (@HeartBobH) and Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM, FACC (@hmkyale)

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