I am excited to share some updates about the ACC’s search for a new chief executive officer (CEO). The ACC has selected Korn/Ferry International, a leading global executive recruitment and talent management firm, to work with the search committee tasked with hiring a new CEO. The search committee, which consists of 15 ACC member leaders and staff, is currently soliciting input from an array of stakeholders, including members of the ACC’s Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors, past-presidents, council chairs, next generation leaders and staff. It is our hope to have a new CEO in place by next year’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Interested candidates should contact Lorraine Lavet, lorraine.lavet[at]kornferry.com.
Meanwhile, as I mentioned in a previous blog post, the College is operating under the current leadership of Interim Chief Staff Officer Tom Arend, who has done a phenomenal job. In addition, College leaders continue to step up to the plate and have been busy representing the ACC on Capitol Hill and at cardiovascular meetings around the globe. Former ACC President Doug Weaver, MD, MACC, testified on physician payment last week and this week Jerry Kennett, MD, FACC, will be representing the College before the House Small Business Committee on the topic of “Health Care Realignment and Regulation: The Demise of Small and Solo Medical Practices?” We’ve also had representation by ACC members at recent FDA committee hearings on new drugs and devices.
On the international front, the ACC-Brazilian Society of Cardiology (SBC) Cardiovascular Symposium featuring Valentin Fuster, MD, MACC, in Sao Paulo was a phenomenal success with over 2,000 attendees. Thank you and many congratulations to SBC President Jadelson Pinheiro de Andrade, MD, and ACC Brazil Chapter Governor Antonio Chagas, MD, FACC, for such a phenomenal event. The ACC Mexico Chapter recently held a very successful annual meeting that BOG Chair Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC, President-Elect John Harold, MD, MACC, and I attended. The meeting, hosted by ACC Mexico Governor Erick Alexanderson, MD, FACC, was held at the Mexican National Institute of Cardiology “Ignacio Chavez,” which was the first heart hospital when it opened in 1944. Erick is an inspirational leader and is big on FIT involvement in the chapter and will be bringing FITs to Legislative Conference this September. I’ve also had the pleasure of attending the Spanish Cardiology Society meeting, where I celebrated the Twinning of the ACC Florida Chapter and the Spanish Cardiology Society. Special thank you to Juan Aranda, MD, FACC, and Vicente Bertomeu, MD, FACC, president of the Spanish Cardiology Society. I also can’t leave out the once in a lifetime opportunity to represent the ACC and CardioSmart in the Olympic Torch Relay in England. Meeting many other torch bearers, each with a unique story of community service, entrepreneurship for charity or health, or personal courage was heartwarming and inspiring.
Speaking of carrying the torch, ACC’s amazing members and staff continues to carry the College’s flame. Planning is already well underway for ACC.13 in San Francisco, with registration slated to open next month. We are also making significant headway on our College-wide digital strategy and new lifelong learning platform – both of which will launch soon. Just this week we also launched an amazing new live case series on CardioSource.org. Working with Mt. Sinai hospital, we will be live streaming complex cardiovascular cases at 8 a.m. ET on the third Tuesday of each month. Cases can be viewed by visiting CardioSource and will be archived for future viewing.
This summer has been a busy one thus far, with even more meetings and excitement to come. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @WilliamZoghbi and follow ACC @ACCinTouch for the latest cv updates.
(pictured top to bottom: ACC Mexico Chapter meeting; Twinning of the ACC Florida Chapter and the Spanish Cardiology Society.)