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.”

Organizational Chart

President

Srihari S. Naidu, MD, FACC

Officers

Srihari S. Naidu, MD, FACC
President

Himabindu Vidula, MD, FACC
Vice President

Luke Kim, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Secretary-Treasurer

Executive Committee

Srihari S. Naidu, MD, FACC- Chair

Jay J. Dubowsky, MD, FACC

Norma Keller, MD, FACC

J. Chad Teeters, MD, FACC, MBA

Himabindu Vidula, MD, FACC

Committees and Working Groups

  • Advocacy Committee
  • Audit & Finance Committee
  • Communications Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force
  • Cardiovascular Team (CVT) Group
  • Early-Career & Fellows-in-Training (FIT) Group
  • Innovation Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Women in Cardiology (WIC) Group

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

Jay V. Doshi MD, FACC
Manhattan

Luke Kim MD, FACC
Manhattan

Lawrence M. Phillips, MD, FACC
Manhattan

District 2

Sonia Henry, MD, FACC
Manhasset

John N. Makaryus, MD, FACC
Manhasset

Louis Miller, MD FACC
Hempstead

District 3

Gregory Katz, MD, FACC
Poughkeepsie

Julio Panza, MD, FACC
Valhalla

Farbod Raiszadeh, MD, PhD, FACC
Hudson

CVT Representatives

Metro: Bora Yang, PA-C
Upstate: Laura Ogle, RN, MSN

FIT Representatives

Metro: David Power, MBBCH
Upstate: Dikshya Sharma, MBBS
Communications: Ameesh Isath, MBBS

District 4

Aaron Kitchcart, MD, PhD, FACC
Tarrytown

Radmila Lyubarova, MD, FACC
Albany 

District 5

Avneet Singh, MD, FACC
Syracuse

Amy Tucker, MD, FACC
Syracuse

District 6

Farhan Bajwa, MBBS, FACC
Rochester

Vishal Parikh, MD, FACC
Rochester

District 7

Jennifer Katherine Lang, MD, FACC
Buffalo

James Youssef, MD, FACC
Buffalo

Delegate to MSSNY

Aaron Kithcart, MD, PhD

MSSNY Interspecialty Committee Representative

Michael J. Wolk, MD, MACC

Chapter Executive Director

Mary Patterson, CAE, MA, MSA

Awards & Grants Received

  • 2022 - Grant, Clinician Wellness

    for measuring and improving clinician wellness

  • 2022 - Grant, Career Development

    to host sessions on microaggressions, bias and toxicity in Cardiology workplaces

  • 2019 - Award, Diversity & Inclusion

    for excellence in D&I program implementation

  • 2018 - Grant, Chapter Innovation

    to establish a Shark Tank event for burgeoning inventors

  • 2017 - Grant, Section Innovation

    to build a more robust AED-locating database in New York

  • 2016 - Grant, Essentials of CV Care in Older Adults

    to implement programming for older adults with CVD

Responsibilities of District Councilors

The District Council Representatives (“Councilors”) have responsibilities that they agree to at the start of their terms. Click here to read.