A unique blend of forum and network, the Cardiovascular (CV) Team Member Section and Leadership Council is advancing ACC's efforts to identify and address gaps in areas of professional importance to the cardiovascular care team.
This Member Section serves as the organizational home for nurses, nurse practitioners, PAs, clinical pharmacists, cardiac rehabilitation specialists and other team professionals within the ACC. Learn more about the overall CV Team by exploring the accordion below.
Nurtured by the College's team-based approach to cardiovascular care, this member segment has had exceptional growth, reaching almost 6,000 members since its inception in 2003. Read more >>>
The mission of the section is:
improve the quality of cardiovascular (CV) care by encouraging the engagement of the CV care team in every aspect of the College.
advocate for and foster a team-based approach to cardiovascular patient care.
advocate for increased educational opportunities for the cardiovascular team and on effective team practice.
generate awareness regarding advocacy issues that affect the practice of team members and inhibit the quality and timeliness of patient care.
career and professional development opportunities for cardiovascular care team members.
foster relationships with other care team organizations in order to provide greater opportunities for non-physician, cardiovascular care providers.
To achieve the section's mission, the Cardiovascular Team Section Leadership Council established several work groups:
Any member can volunteer to join these work groups and become involved with the work of the section. Additionally, the CV Team Chapter Representatives, a group comprised of elected care team representatives from every ACC Chapter, serves as the local representatives for care team members.
Please join us in making the ACC the home for all cardiovascular professionals.
Any and all ideas are welcome. To submit your ideas, please to mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Section is YOUR opportunity to become engaged with the College within your professional area of expertise. Please contact us at for more information.
Craig Beavers, PharmD, FACC
Chair, Cardiovascular Team Section Leadership Council
<<< Return to top
Become a Member
Become a Cardiovascular Team Member of the American College of Cardiology.
The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular team and team-based care plays a central role in the College's strategic plan.
As a member, you'll gain access to tools and resources that will help you succeed from your training through retirement. And with thousands of member benefits, the ACC is there to help you overcome challenges on both the clinical and business side of medicine.
Cardiovascular Team members from across the care spectrum are invited to join the College, including Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, PAs, Clinical Pharmacists, Genetic Counselors, Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialists and Cardiovascular Technologists.
Join us in our mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please allow 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed and for delivery of your Membership Login information.
Serve as a voice for the Cardiovascular Team community and become a part of the Cardiovascular Team Member Section today!
Learn more about the Cardiovascular Team Membership that applies to you by clicking the links below.
CV Membership for Students
CV Membership for Students
For select members of the Cardiovascular (CV) Team enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate or graduate program. This category is not applicable for physicians in their CV training. Learn more by clicking the link below.
Your Path to AACC and FACC
The Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC) Designation
Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC) is one of the most distinguished designations the College offers its members, honoring those with advanced training and education who have shown a commitment to the profession and the College.
With a focus on recognized national board certifications and member interests in advanced learning, skill building and professional recognition, the designation is a high honor reserved for those cardiovascular team members who have taken their commitment to transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health to the highest level.
As an Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC) you'll gain recognition as a cardiovascular professional at the top of your field and receive voting privileges on College decisions.
The Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) Designation
Fellowship is one of the most distinguished designations the College offers its members, and is the ultimate recognition of professional achievement.
Based on outstanding credentials, achievements and community contributions to cardiovascular medicine, those who are elected to Fellowship signal to peers and patients their commitment to quality cardiovascular care through use of the FACC designation. Fellows of the ACC come from all specialties within cardiology and include adult cardiologists, pediatric cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, surgeons, researchers, academicians, specialists in a cardiovascular-related field and cardiovascular team members with advanced degrees.
The strongest evidence of achievement for those who earn the FACC designation comes from the applicant's peers through letters of sponsorship attesting to their professional competence and commitment to excellence.
Election to Fellowship is determined by committee, and applications are welcomed on a rolling basis.
Past Distinguished Associate Award Recipients Include
2021: Leslie Davis, NP, PhD, FACC
2020: Jennifer M. Ballard-Hernandez, DNP, AACC
2019: Mona Fiuzat, PharmD, FACC
2018: Janet Fredal Wyman, DNP, FACC
2017: Kimberly K. Birtcher, PharmD, AACC
2016: Margo Minissian, PhD, ACNP, CLS, AACC
2015: Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, PharmD, FACC
2014: Jane A. Linderbaum, APRN, CPN, MS, AACC
2013: Brenda Garrett-Superko, RN
Distinguished Associate Award
The Distinguished Associate Award recognizes anon-physician member (Cardiovascular Team Member, Associate of the American College of Cardiology or non-physician Fellow of the American College of Cardiology) whose outstanding contributions to College initiatives and the field of cardiology have encouraged and nurtured the ACC's team approach to cardiovascular care.