About NYACC

About Us

The New York State Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (NYACC) was founded in 1990, but our history in New York is much older. In fact the American College of Cardiology (ACC) was started by a group of physicians from New York. The Chapter was formed for the purpose of contributing to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and ensuring optimal quality of care for individuals with such diseases.

We function, in consultation with ACC’s leadership, as an adviser to governmental and professional organizations regarding cardiovascular disease. We also provide continuing medical education programs of the highest caliber; are involved in socio-economic, reimbursement, and legislative issues that influence access to high-quality cardiovascular care for all individuals; and we maintain a high level of social consciousness.

NYACC represents the various interests of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and other medical specialists, and its members represent the cardiovascular community on state medical boards and present views to state regulatory agencies and third-party payers.

We have been formed as a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation under the federal and New York State tax codes.

Mission Statement

“The purpose of the Chapter shall be to contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and to ensure optimal quality of care for individuals with such diseases. In carrying out these purposes, the Chapter shall function – in consultation with the leadership of the College – as a source of advice to local and state governmental and professional organizations concerning issues related to cardiovascular disease. The Chapter shall, in the interests of patients, physicians and the public in general, maintain a high level of continuing medical education, social consciousness and involvement with socio-economic factors which may influence access for all individuals to high quality cardiovascular care.”

Officers

William Lawson, MD, FACC
President

Timothy J. Malins, MD, FACC
Immediate Past President

Timothy C. Dutta, MD, FACC
Secretary-Treasurer

Executive Committee

William Lawson, MD, FACC – Chair

Leway Chen, MD, MPH, FACC

Timothy Dutta, MD, FACC

Smadar Kort, MD, FACC

Timothy J. Malins, MD, FACC

Committees and Working Groups

  • Advocacy Committee
  • Awards Committee
  • Audit and Finance Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Outreach Committee
  • Women in Cardiology (WIC)
  • NY-Argentina Program Committee
  • Fellows-in-Training Jeopardy

External Representation

  • American College of Cardiology Carrier Advisory Committee
  • Cardiac Advisory Committee
  • House of Delegates (MSSNY)
  • Interspecialty Committee (MSSNY)
  • State Legislation Committee (MSSNY)
  • State Legislative Strategic Planning Committee (MSSNY)

Councilors

District 1

Norma Keller, MD, FACC
Manhattan (Governor-Elect)

Dmitriy Feldman, MD, FACC
Manhattan

Theodore Tyberg, MD, FACC
Manhattan

District 2

Jay J. Dubowsky, MD, FACC
Manhasset

Lloyd D. Lense, MD, FACC
East Setauket

Amgad N. Makaryus, MD, FACC
East Meadow

District 3

Richard Charney, MD, FACC
New Rochelle

Sei Iwai, MD, FACC
Valhalla

Benjamin Schaefer, MD, FACC
Rhinebeck

CVT Representatives

Downstate: Maria H. Spinelli, NP
Upstate: Lisa Kotyra, NP

FIT Representatives

Downstate: Edon Rabinowitz, MD
Upstate: Jacqueline H. Morris, MD


District 4

Mandeep Sidhu, MD, FACC
Queensbury

Robert S. Phang, MD, FACC
Albany

District 5

Ashok R. Patel, MD, FACC
Utica

Michael Sassower, MD, PhD, FACC
Utica

District 6

Charles J. Lowenstein, MD
Rochester

J. Chad Teeters, MD, FACC
Rochester (Governor-Elect)

District 7

Brian Riegel, MD, FACC
Buffalo

Stanley Fernandez, MD, PhD, FACC
Buffalo

Delegate to MSSNY

Joseph J. Tartaglia, MD, FACC

MSSNY Interspecialty Committee Representative

Michael J. Wolk, MD, MACC

Chapter Executive Director

Mary L. Patterson, MA, MSA

Responsibilities of District Councilors

As stated in the New York State Chapter Bylaws, the administration, property and activities of the State Chapter shall be managed by its Council. Councilors serve three year terms and may be re-elected to a second consecutive term.

Councilor responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

– Councilors must attend at least one State Chapter Council meeting per year during their term of office. State Chapter Council meetings are held twice a year, at the annual State Chapter Scientific Session in the fall and at the national ACC Scientific Session in the spring.

Failure to attend at least one meeting per year during their first term of office could prevent councilors from being elected to a second term of office.

– Serving on a minimum of one State Chapter committee.

– Taking an active advocacy role, on a grassroots level, within his/her respective district both at the Federal and State level.

When requested, each councilor should arrange for meetings, in coordination with the other councilors, with his/her local representatives and arrange annual meetings to discuss advocacy issues with Congressmen, State Senators, and State Assembly Representatives.

Councilors are encouraged to attend the annual ACC legislative conference.

– Representing the State Chapter at the local level and assisting members in their respective districts.

– Assisting in the development of State Chapter policy and direction.

– Monitoring the needs of cardiologists within his/her district and communicating these needs to the Upstate and Downstate ACC Governors and the Council.

– Assisting the Upstate and Downstate ACC Governors in membership development including recruitment of qualified new members.

– Helping to recruit interested volunteers to serve on State Chapter Committees.

– Promoting State Chapter accomplishments and activities to colleagues.

– Promoting ACCPAC membership and contributions.

– Assisting the Upstate and Downstate ACC Governors in the dissemination of important, timely information.