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Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC, Appointed Next Scientific Session Vice Chair

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Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC, has been selected as the next vice chair of the ACC’s Annual Scientific Session. Morris will serve as vice chair for ACC.19 and ACC.20, and transitions to chair for ACC.21 and ACC.22.

ACC established the role of vice chair in 2014 to ensure consistency and continual improvement of the ACC’s flagship meeting. The Annual Scientific Session vice chair and chair are responsible for leading the development of the educational program, which attracts over 13,000 professional attendees to the meeting each year.

“Dr. Morris is an outstanding choice for this crucial leadership role in the annual scientific session,” said ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC. “She has been active throughout her membership in the ACC and is passionate about educating herself and other clinicians through her work on the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Council, the Heart House Roundtables and on the Annual Scientific Session Program Committee. Her vast experience and leadership will ensure that the ACC Annual Scientific Session continues to be the premier cardiology meeting.” Read More >>>

Morris is the director of the Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program at the Medical University of South Carolina and an associate professor of medicine and cardiology. She is also the co-director of MUSC Women’s Heart Care Program where she works to educate physicians and women – locally and nationally – on women’s cardiovascular risks.

Morris was appointed by the ACC’s Lifelong Learning Oversight Committee from a field of applicants. She currently serves as the chair of the ACC’s Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Leadership Council, as well as a member of several expert consensus task forces. She has previously served on the ACC’s Population Health Committee.

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Registration Now Open for ACC.18 in Orlando

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Registration and housing for ACC’s 67th Annual Scientific Session and Expo (ACC.18) in Orlando, FL, is now open.

ACC.18 will start on Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 a.m. ET and end with the time-honored tradition of Convocation on Monday evening, March 12. Attendees are encouraged to arrive in Orlando on Friday, March 9 and depart on Tuesday, March 13 to take full advantage of the three-day conference that will include late-breaking clinical research, interactive discussions with leading experts and a variety of opportunities for attendees to network and test their skills.

ACC Members must be up-to-date on their 2017 dues if registering for ACC.18 before January 1, 2018. Starting January 1, ACC Members must be up-to-date on their 2018 dues. Member status can be confirmed through the ACC Resource Center at or at 800-253-4636, ext. 5603. Learn more at

New Performance, Quality Measures for STEMI, NSTEMI

ACC and the American Heart Association have published updated clinical performance and quality measures to benchmark and improve the quality of care for adult patients hospitalized with ST-elevation and non–ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI and NSTEMI, respectively).

The new measure set is based on a thorough review of recent clinical practice guidelines and other clinical guidance documents, including new STEMI and NSTEMI guidelines published in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The writing committee also examined available information on disparities in care to determine which new measures might be appropriate as performance versus quality measures for this update. As a result of these efforts, a total of 24 measures are included in the new measure set, of which 17 are performance measures and seven are quality measures. Read More >>>

Moving forward, writing committee members stress “the impact of these and other measures on hospital quality should be the focus of future research.” They also “emphasize the importance of assessing the impact of compliance (or lack thereof) to some or all performance measures on short- and long-term clinical outcomes.”

Cardiology Magazine Image"Implementation of this measure set by health care providers, physician practices and hospital systems will enhance the quality of care and likely improve outcomes of patients hospitalized with a heart attack." Hani Jneid, MD, FACC

“Implementation of this measure set by health care providers, physician practices and hospital systems will enhance the quality of care and likely improve outcomes of patients hospitalized with a heart attack,” said Hani Jneid, MD, FACC, chair of the writing committee for the measures. “The writing committee acknowledges that the new measures created in this set will need to be tested and validated over time. By publishing this performance and quality measure set, we hope to encourage their widespread and expeditious adoption, as well as facilitate the collection and analysis of data needed to continuously assess their relevance over time.”

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