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Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. International collaboration will be vital to the control of this global epidemic. The ACC has developed into a truly global organization with over 30 international chapters and members from over 100 nations. Each year, the college participates in more than 50 international meetings and involves several hundred international faculty members in College activities. The long standing and expanding relationship between ACC and its international partners makes the College uniquely positioned to play a major role in transforming cardiovascular health worldwide. I invite you to explore this website and discover opportunities for cardiovascular exchange, networking, and collaboration both at home and abroad.

Leadership Team

Chair: Erick Alexanderson, MD, FACC

Erick Alexanderson

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Erick Alexanderson, MD, FACC is Professor of Medicine at the Facultad de Medicina, UNAM in Mexico City, Mexico. He is the President of the ACC Mexico Chapter and Governor on the Assembly of International Governors. He also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Imaging and Journal of Nuclear Cardiology.

In addition, Alexanderson is the chairman of the Nuclear Cardiology Department at the Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia. He received his internal medicine degree from Centro Medico Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico. Subsequently, he underwent his cardiology residency training at Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia "Ignacio Chavez." Alexanderson has participated in numerous local and international congresses as a panelist and lecturer. Notably, he has also lectured at the International Atomic Energy Agency Human Health Campus focusing on Cardiac PET/CT.

Immediate Past Chair: Daniel José Piñeiro, MD, FACC

Daniel Jose Pineiro, MD, FACC

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Daniel José Piñeiro, MD, FACC, is professor of medicine at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition, he is also the 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 from the University of Buenos Aires in 1973. Subsequently, he underwent his cardiology residency training at the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine 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. He has also headed more than 40 courses on echocardiography and clinical cardiology worldwide.

Chair Elect: Hani Najm, MD, FACC

Hani Najm, MD, FACC

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Hani Najm, MD, FACC was elected as the president of the Saudi Heart Association in February 2008. Prior to this position, Dr. Najm is also the deputy chairman and head of the Division of Cardiac Surgery of the King Abdulaziz Cardiac Center, National Guard Health Affairs.

Dr. Najm obtained his medical degree from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in May 1985, wherein he graduated second in his batch. He did his residency at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in 1989, at the Ottawa Heart Institute in 1994 and at the Toronto Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children in 1995 and 1996. He received his Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Fellowship in 1996 at the Hospital for Sick Children and his Adult Cardiac Surgery Fellowship in 1997 at Sunnybrook Hospital, both in Canada. As the head of the Division of Cardiac Surgery and a consultant cardiac surgeon, Dr. Najm has established a state-of-the-art pediatric cardiac surgical section in 1999 at KACC and performed the first implantable left ventricular assist device in the region in February 2004.