Spring 2017

May 3, 2017

It was great to see so many of you at ACC.17 this year, and I want to thank those of you who attended our joint reception with the Connecticut Chapter. We had an extraordinary turnout.

We had a tragic loss in the cardiovascular family a little over a month ago, ACC Past President Leonard S. Dreifus, MD, MACC. Bill Lawson, MD, FACC Dreifus and his wife, Seline, were well known for their philanthropic work, especially the gracious donation of the “Man Helping Man” sculpture installed at Heart House in Washington, DC.

We were, and remain, very thankful for his outstanding contributions to the field of cardiology. “[The statue],” said ACC President Walsh, “reminds us not just of the legacy left by Dr. Dreifus, but also our purpose in serving our patients and the public good as clinicians.”

I hope that many of you are planing to attend next month’s Annual Cardiovascular Team Symposium in Canandaigua, NY. This is our 10th year hosting this event, and we will close out the conference with the Inaugural NYACC Summer Soirée, a party and networking event featuring the band Nik & The Nice Guys.

I am also excited to tell you that we have set a date for this year’s Annual Meeting & Scientific Session and the Inaugural New York FIT Jeopardy Competition & Cocktail Reception, which will be Dec. 6-7, 2017. If you are a fellow in training, consider participating in this year’s Young Investigators’/Case Presenters’ Award Competition. It is a wonderful opportunity to present your research to a distinguished group of speakers and to your fellow CV professionals.

Lastly, the New York State Chapter has partnered with the Argentina Chapter of the ACC and will be working with its leadership to create an exchange program for FITs and lecturers. We look forward to sharing the details about this exciting partnership as they emerge.

Bill Lawson, MD, FACC
Downstate Governor / President
New York State Chapter
American College of Cardiology


Nurse Appreciation Month Discount

National Nurses Week runs from May 6 – 12 this year, but a week is not nearly long enough to properly show our appreciation for the important role nurses play in transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health.

That’s why, through the end of May, nurses (RNs, NPs, CNSs, APNs) who become members of the ACC pay only $85 for 2017 membership—nearly 40 percent off the usual price—using the code ThnkNurses. The ACC is a stronger organization—and our mission ever more achievable—when all members of the care team contribute their expertise.

Encourage your nurse colleagues to join the ACC and get access to benefits worth thousands each year that will help them elevate their careers and the quality of patient care they provide. Learn more here:


Check Out What’s Online at

In case you missed it, the ACC provided coverage of the hottest trials that came out of ACC’s Annual Scientific Session (ACC.17) in Washington, DC.

To view all the latest science, check out the ACC.17 Meeting Coverage Page at Also, head to ACC’s YouTube Page to watch daily wrap-up videos highlighting the hottest trials from each day of ACC.17 and additional videos at

The latest issue of Cardiology: Interventions magazine presents the findings from SURTAVI and other key TAVR-related trials and registries from the Late-Breaking Clinical Trials and Featured Clinical Research sessions. The feature article presents a look at results from other key trials in interventional cardiology presented at ACC.17.

A perspective article written by FIT Joanna Ghobrial, MD, MS, reviews current evidence for transcatheter valvular interventions in adults with congenital heart disease. In an interview with Sun Moon Kim, MD, in another perspective article, David J. Moliterno, MD, FACC, talks about career challenges, the future of interventional cardiology and his plans as the new editor-in-chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

The “Get to Know Your Leaders” article focuses on ACC’s new president Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC. The full issue is available at


Upcoming Events

The Month of May
Stroke Awareness Month

May 6-12, 2017
National Nurses Week

May 11, 2017
NYU Session: Advances in Cardiovascular Risk Reduction
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May 12-13
2017 MSK Cardio-Oncology Symposium
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May 12, 2017
NYU Session: Dietary Strategies for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction
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May 13, 2017
New York Women in Cardiology (WIC) Panel
[Registration required]
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May 19-20, 2017
Long Island Heart Conference
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June 2, 2017
10th Annual Cardiovascular Team Symposium & Inaugural Summer Soirée
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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December 6, 2017
6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
NY’s Inaugural FIT Jeopardy Competition & Cocktail Reception
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December 7, 2017
7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
NYACC’s Annual Meeting and NYCS’ Annual Scientific Session & Young Investigators’ Poster Presentation
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December 8-10, 2017
New York Cardiovascular (Fuster) Symposium
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In other news…

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Winter 2017

February 2, 2017

Dear Member,

I had a great time in Orlando last week at the 2017 ACC Leadership Forum and CV Summit.

Each year ACC brings together an array of experts in the field of cardiology, business practices and leadership to offer an educational experience that leads to operational excellence, cost efficiency and leadership training during this time of radical care delivery transformation, and this year did not disappoint.

We had a chance to network with other cardiologists and CVT members from around the country and to discuss the major changes for our industry that are coming our way.

Lieutenant General Hertling spoke to us about the basics of leadership and gave his proven examples of success in Healthcare Leadership Training, and there were many sessions on MACRA and what we can expect as we move to a new model of care.

MACRA went into effect on 1/1/2017. It was passed with bipartisan support with the objective of replacing the SGR, improving value, and containing health care costs. Failure to participate in the program (either MIPS or an alternative payment model) will result in a 4% reduction in CMS payments in 2019.

It is also important to know if you report individually or as a group (dependent on tax ID number) as to how your quality metrics will be collected and analyzed. Having an EHR able to reliably pull the measures that you select will be essential for accurate and complete reporting. Cost will not be a factor this current year but will rise in importance in coming years. Continually updated information and past webinars can be found under MACRA

While there, we also were very pleased to introduce your newly elected upstate and metro NYACC Governors, Chad Teeters, MD, FACC, and Norma Keller, MD, FACC, respectively, to ACC leadership and their soon-to-be fellow governors. See their mini bios below and join me in congratulating them on their elections as Governors to the New York State Chapter of ACC.

And finally, I hope to see many of you at the 10th Annual CVT Symposium and our FIRST-EVER NYACC Summer Soirée on June 2nd. Save the Dates have been out, so be on the lookout for yours.

We also have several other great events coming up. Click on the ‘Events’ tab to see what’s in store!

In service,

William E. Lawson, MD, FACC | Upstate Governor
President, New York State Chapter of the
American College of Cardiology


Congratulations to NYACC’s Newest Governors-Elect!

J. Chad Teeters, MD, FACC
, has been a cardiologist and on faculty at the University of Rochester since 2009 and is currently one of the District 6 Councilors for our chapter.

He is the Chief of Cardiology at Highland Hospital (a part of the University of Rochester Medical Center) and Director of the Heart Failure program there as well. He is currently active on our Outreach Committee and with the national ACC PAC.

Dr. Teeters is Board Certified in Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, and Vascular Ultrasound and has been a FACC for many years. He has a Masters in Clinical Investigation and is currently working towards completing his MBA from the University of Massachusetts.

In Rochester, he serves on the Hospital Quality, Contract and Payment Committee and on the Strategic Planning Committee. Dr. Teeters is also on the board of Mended Hearts’ Rochester chapter (a national advocacy group for patients with heart disease).

Norma M. Keller, MD, FACC,
has been a New York cardiologist for nearly 20 years, has been an FACC for 15+ years and is currently one of our District 1 Councilors.

She is involved with advocacy for the chapter and has represented the ACC at its annual Legislative Conference in Washington DC. Dr. Keller is currently the Clinical Chief of Cardiology at Bellevue Hospital and is the cardiology lead for the NYC Health and Hospital enterprise.

She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at NYU School of Medicine and sits on the clinical board and also directs the clerkship in Critical Care Medicine, which she developed. Dr. Keller is a key faculty member of the Cardiovascular Fellowship at NYU School of Medicine and is an Adjunct at the NYU Steinhardt School, where she teaches cardiopulmonary pathology.

She has received multiple awards, including the Philip Freilich Memorial Award for Personal Achievement, the Ciba-Geigy Award for Outstanding Achievement, the American Heart Association’s Doctor with Heart and Heart of our Mission awards, as well as several others for teaching, physician excellence and leadership.


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