Ami B. Bhatt, MD, FACC, Named New ACC Chief Innovation Officer

Ami B. Bhatt, MD, FACC

The ACC has named Ami B. Bhatt, MD, FACC, as its new chief innovation officer (CIO), beginning in January 2022. As CIO, Bhatt will provide leadership and expertise in health care innovation and continue to grow the College's comprehensive Innovation Program in support of the ACC's Mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health.

"My interest in digital health strategy and the digital transformation of the cardiovascular field stems from my belief that state of the art, personalized care can be delivered to individuals in the community, empowering patients and creating stronger clinician-patient partnerships for sustainable health outcomes," Bhatt said. "The ACC Innovation Program has a robust platform to transform digital patient care and advance technologies that are reshaping medicine, and I am eager to begin work furthering these strategies as ACC CIO."

Bhatt has been a member of the ACC for nearly 20 years and a member of ACC's Health Care Innovation Section, as well as the College's Lifelong Learning Oversight Committee. As an active clinical cardiologist, investigator and educator Bhatt brings nearly 10 years of experience in telemedicine and digital health to her new role. She founded her first program in virtual care in 2013 and continues to work on creating culturally relevant personalized virtual cardiovascular care delivery models. Her research has centered on identifying and implementing solutions to overcoming access barriers to cardiovascular and telemedicine care.

"ACC's Innovation Program is shaping the future of cardiovascular care by ensuring clinicians and patients are involved in the development and implementation of the latest medical innovations," said ACC CEO Cathleen Gates. "Dr. Bhatt has a wealth of experience in the development of digital technologies to improve patient care and has shown a commitment to advancing the clinician/patient experience that will be vital as she helps the ACC further its Mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health."

A graduate from Harvard College and the Yale School of Medicine, Bhatt completed her medicine and pediatrics residency at Harvard, her adult cardiology fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital and her adult congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension fellowship at the Boston Children's Hospital. She most recently served as the director of Outpatient and Telecardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Corrigan-Minehan Heart Center. While ACC CIO, Bhatt will continue clinical practice at MGH in adult congenital heart disease and teaching as an associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

Follow Dr. Ami Bhatt on Twitter at @AmiBhattMD.

Clinical Topics: Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Cardiology, Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Disease, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies, Prevention, Pulmonary Hypertension and Venous Thromboembolism, Vascular Medicine, Congenital Heart Disease, CHD and Pediatrics and Prevention, CHD and Pediatrics and Quality Improvement, Pulmonary Hypertension, Hypertension

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