Sarah Rosanel, MD – Celebrating National Women Physicians Day

“Celebrating National Women Physicians Day” NY WIC Event on 2/3/2021
Written and summarized by Sarah Rosanel, MD (@DrRosanel)

How would NYACC’s Women in Cardiology (WIC) Group celebrate National Women Physicians Day? Well, if it were not for a pandemic, we would have been sitting in a nice restaurant, sipping wine and eating foreign cuisine. But here we are, almost a year into this pandemic, holding our head high above the waters. Nothing can defeat us: we still gathered around a virtual happy hour.

What power houses many of these women are! Women cardiologists from all over the world gathered for this special event uniting us. Seeing each other, seeing our faces through Zoom was so refreshing. A lot of us interact almost daily with each other on social media, so being able to “see” each other was special. We were also treated by inspiring and motivational words by Dr. Roxana Mehran.

One point that emerged from this special evening was the importance of a physician’s well-being. Sayings like “a happy team is needed for good outcomes” and “do your hard work and remain positive; you will be recognized” really rang true. The core value of remaining true to ones self and being honest was a key point from our conversations, and the positivity and dynamism of those extraordinary women was contagious.

On the subject of work-life balance, we talked about the analogy of “big” versus “little” rocks. Someone said, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities,” and we discussed the importance of prioritizing the “big rocks” in our lives.

What are examples of big rocks? Hobbies we once enjoyed, more time with loved ones, really being present with our children, exercising or meditating, and even just doing nothing.

Examples of little rocks (pebble or sand)? Small emergencies, errands, housework, random things on our to-do lists.

How do I tell the difference between a big rock and a pebble or sand?

At any moment in time, check in with yourself and ask yourself how you feel. If you feel really good about what you’re doing and it adds meaning, love, abundance, compassion, happiness and joy to your life, chances are you’re doing a ‘big rock’ activity.

How can you live a life with more big rocks in it? Decide on a handful of big-rock activities you want to work on this week. Fill in your calendar for the week with your activities and appointments that you’re already committed to. Include your normal workday, the times you’re schooling your kids or driving them to and from activities, and other events that you have planned.

Next, take each of your big rock activities and place each one in your schedule. Try to do them as early in the day as you can or, at the very least, schedule each one in a time slot when you won’t be rushed or tempted to cancel it because of a fire that needs to be put out. Finally, each day, include at least 15-30 minutes of self-care time, an activity that nurtures your soul. This is a requirement!

There are also some great suggestions that emerged from my fellow NY WIC Members:

“There is no such thing as mom guilt. You are the best parent your child could have, and you were made for your child as you are. When you are present with your child, truly be present so that you have quality time versus just quantity time. Priorities will keep on changing during different times in the year and in your life; it is okay to accept each priority at that time and give your best effort and not feel guilty about not making the other things a priority.”

“Keep work and home life as separate as possible”

“Spend 5-10 minutes a day in gratitude.”

“Don’t struggle alone. Try to be open with others about your challenges. You may be surprised to find that they have similar experiences and helpful insights. Or at least be willing to lend a listening ear!”

“Always, make time for your family!”

“Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

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Letter from the President – June 2021

Dear Colleagues,

The last year challenged us as never before, but with teamwork, we have begun to rise from the depths of the pandemic. Dr. Hari Naidu and I started our terms as co-governors of the NYACC in March and have been working behind the scenes to restructure the NYACC committees and events to meet the changing needs of our cardiology community. We are now very excited to announce several networking and educational events coming up in the next few months! 

First up is our virtual Mentorship Mixer, which is slated for Wednesday, June 30 at 6 p.m. It is targeted to the mentors and mentees participating in the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force’s Mentorship Program. If you are interested in joining this program, either as a mentor or mentee, please contact us at [email protected]

Thank you for completing our NYACC Advocacy Priorities Survey and telling us about the issues that matter to you and your patients! We will have the opportunity to meet directly with legislators and their aides at ACC’s 2021 Legislative Conference from October 3-5. If you are interested in participating, please email us at [email protected].

Following the Legislative Conference will be our first in-person NYACC event of the year: the Shark Tank Challenge! Join us for the Annual Young Investigators’ Award Competition, dinner, and the Shark Tank Challenge at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island. Stay tuned for more information regarding how to register; to apply to be a contestant, click here. We look forward to hearing about your innovative ideas!

For those interested in being more involved with our various committees, task forces, and workgroups, including the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force, the Women in Cardiology Group, and the Early-Career/Fellows-in-Training Group, contact us at [email protected] for details.

In summary, don’t forget to mark your calendars for these exciting upcoming events. We are looking forward to socializing and collaborating with our cardiology community!

June 30, 2021 – The DE&I Task Force’s Inaugural Mentorship Mixer (by invitation)
October 3-5, 2021 – ACC’s Annual Legislative Conference
October 29, 2021 – Annual Meeting (Open to All) & Fall Council Meeting (Council Members Only)
October 29, 2021 – The 2021 Young Investigators Award Competition & The ‘Shark Tank Challenge’
April 2-4, 2022 – ACC.22 (ACC’s annual scientific session and expo)
June 3, 2022 – Save the Date! The 14th Annual Cardiovascular Team Symposium

We will keep our members and community updated via email but encourage you to follow us on Twitter (@NYSCACC) and check our website,, for the latest information. In addition, please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected].

Hima Vidula, MD, MS, FACC

Letter from the President – March 2021

Dear Colleagues,

What a whirlwind the last year has been! I’m extremely proud of all of our healthcare colleagues, especially all of you, who have worked tirelessly to provide care to our patients through extremely difficult circumstances. After the uniquely challenging year, I wanted to share that NYACC already has big plans underway for the year ahead and several announcements to make regarding its leadership.

As you can imagine, we are planning to continue to hold virtual programs for 2021 in lieu of major in-person conferences. The Annual Arvilla Berger Lecture’s speaker and date will be named shortly and will be a virtual session this year, and the Annual CVT Symposium, which is scheduled for June 4, 2021, will also be on a virtual platform.

My tenure as your President comes to a close this month. Dr. Chad Teeters and I have been honored to serve as respective leaders of NYACC and the New York Cardiological Society, but I can assure you that your two new co-Governors – Himabindu Vidula, MD, MS, FACC, and Srihari Naidu, MD, FACC, FSCAI – are up to the challenge of steering the Chapter toward continued success.

Dr. Vidula is Associate Professor of Medicine for the Advanced Heart Failure Program at the University of Rochester, Cardiovascular Director for its Comprehensive Sarcoidosis and Amyloidosis Programs, and Program Director for its Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship. She will take over as President of NYACC in March. Some of you may have caught the recent New York Cardiac Center Lecture, “Tele-Monitoring, Tele-Rehab, and Tele-LVAD: A Tele-VISION for Advanced Heart Failure,” in which Dr. Vidula presented her ongoing, randomized study of home-based exercise rehab using remote monitoring in LVAD patients, a topic on which she was recently published. Dr. Naidu is the Medical Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and the Director of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program at Westchester Medical Center and will take over as President of the Society; they will switch roles after 18 months.

I am also happy to share that we have several new Councilors coming aboard. Please extend a warm welcome to Drs. Luke Kim, Jay Doshi, Sonia Henry Zucker, Gregory Katz, Radmila Lyubarova, Avneet Singh, Vishal Parikh and James Youssef. We also thank Drs. Feldman, Roswell, Lense, Charney, Sidhu, Vidula and Ford-Mukkamala for their service as Councilors and Drs. Jay Dubowsky, Larry Phillips and Julio Panza for returning to their roles.

I am also pleased to share that the Society’s Executive Board named the winner of its 2020 Dr. Stephen S. Scheidt Memorial Scholarship: Austin Mercadante, MD.

“Dr. Mercadante is an astute clinician and his performance would be considered excellent by any standard,” said Daphne Hsu, MD, FACC, who nominated Dr. Mercadante for the Scholarship. He is a curious student and works well independently as well as a member of a team.”

As part of its commitment to foster a diverse and inclusive environment within and around the cardiovascular profession, the NYACC Diversity & Inclusion Task Force have formulated the basis of a new Mentorship Program that is designed to target underrepresented medical students, residents, FITs and hospitalists who are at a disadvantage when it comes to preparing their curricula vitae and demonstrating their achievements. The Task Force, now helmed by Chair Rachel-Maria Brown Talaska, MD, FACC, aims to pair up mentees with more seasoned cardiologists in an effort to build stronger pipelines into the cardiovascular profession.

Program participants will be offered the opportunity to present a capstone project, such as a case study or an abstract, with their mentors in conjunction with an NYACC-sponsored event. The program, which launched in December, was met by incredible interest from both mentees and mentors. We’re still accepting mentorships, so if you are interested, please email us at [email protected] with your current CV.

Finally don’t forget to mark your calendars for important upcoming events:

  • May 15-17, 2021: The Annual Conference of the ACC (ACC.21) – Now all virtual
  • June 4, 2021: The Annual CVT Symposium

We look forward to seeing you again soon.


Norma Keller, MD, FACC
President, New York State Chapter of the American College of Cardiology
Immediate-Past President, New York Cardiological Society

A Word from the President on COVID-19 and Your Heart – May 2020


“My name is Dr. Norma Keller. I am the President of the New York State Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. I wanted to take this moment to encourage you to continue living a heart-healthy lifestyle, which means exercising when you can and eating healthy, even during this most stressful time. Also, I know you may be wary of going to a hospital right now during this pandemic, but I wanted to reassure you that paramedics and our hospital systems can safely take care of you. So if you or a loved one is having symptoms of a heart attack or stroke or if you see someone collapse, it’s very important to call 9-1-1. Time is critical when it comes to your heart! If you have any questions or concerns – or you’ve run out of medications – please don’t hesitate to call your physician. Be well, stay well, New York.”

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“Mi nombre es Dra. Norma Keller. Soy la Presidenta del Capítulo del Estado de Nueva York del American College of Cardiology. Quería aprovechar este momento para alentarlo a continuar viviendo un estilo de vida saludable para el corazón, lo que significa hacer ejercicio cuando pueda y comer sano, incluso durante este momento tan estresante. Además, sé que puede desconfiar de ir a un hospital en este momento durante esta pandemia, pero quería asegurarle que los paramédicos y nuestros sistemas hospitalarios pueden cuidarlo de manera segura. Entonces, si usted o un ser querido tiene síntomas de un ataque cardíaco o un derrame cerebral o si ve que alguien colapsa, es muy importante llamar al 9-1-1. ¡El tiempo es crítico cuando se trata de su corazón! Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, o se ha quedado sin medicamentos, no dude en llamar a su médico. Cuídese y manténgase bien, Nueva York.”

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Norma Keller, MD, FACC
President, New York State Chapter of the American College of Cardiology
Immediate Past President, New York Cardiological Society

Summer 2020

July 16, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

First, I want to thank all of you for taking care of our New York Community through this extraordinary moment in time. As many of us are filled with uncertainty, we are faced with difficult choices in supporting our families, colleagues and patients, but from what I have witnessed time and time again, New Yorkers, and especially its healthcare workers, have a way of only getting stronger.

As we know, COVID-19 continues to threaten our vulnerable patients with cardiovascular disease.  Furthermore, we are learning more and more about how the Coronavirus interacts with the vascular system and manifests in patients both with and without cardiovascular disease. In response to these concerns and to address the public’s fear of accessing medical care, we have made a PSA to remind our community to stay vigilant and emphasize how important it is to recognize and address symptoms…. [Read full column here]

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Summer 2019

July 26, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

It’s almost here! We have been eagerly anticipating taking our annual meeting up a notch, and this year we have a couple of enhancements for our Friday, August 2nd, meeting in Riverhead, NY, in The Hamptons, which is just one week away! First and foremost, we will be holding our first-ever NYACC Shark Tank Competition. We will have two guest speakers start us off. Dr. Regina Druz, an NYACC member and also the Section Chair for the ACC Innovation Section, will be introducing us to the innovation programs within the ACC and how to become more involved. Our second speaker will be Dr. Irfan Khan, the CEO of Circuit Clinical, who will be delivering a talk on physician entrepreneurship. Next, we have seven individuals competing in the main event, which is our Shark Tank Challenge! Drs. Druz and Khan will be joined by Jack Abid – patent attorney, engineer and shareholder in the patent procurement group at Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, & Gilchrist – to serve as our judges/Sharks for the evening. Each contestant will get a chance to pitch an idea or prototype to our judges and audience, and the judges will choose the winners of the competition for cash prizes and the title of… [Read full column here]

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Spring 2019

April 5, 2019

Fellow ACC Colleagues,

It appears the snow is melting and Spring may finally be upon us, but within NY ACC, things have been heating up for quite a while! Having recently returned from the national ACC conference in New Orleans last week, I am once again rejuvenated with all the activities that the New York ACC Chapter and national ACC have ongoing. The conference was terrific with great scientific presentations and networking opportunities, however I think the New York Chapter stole the show this year with our parade in the French Quarter. For those who couldn’t attend, you may be aware that we strive to host a reception at the national ACC meetings each year for state Chapter attendees…[Read full column here]

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Letter from the President – April 2019

Fellow ACC Colleagues,

It appears the snow is melting and that spring may finally be upon us, but within the New York ACC Chapter, things have been heating up for quite a while! Having recently returned from the national ACC conference in New Orleans, I am once again rejuvenated with all the activities that NYACC and national ACC have ongoing.

The conference was terrific, with great scientific presentations and networking opportunities, however I think the New York Chapter stole the show this year with our parade in the French Quarter. For those who couldn’t attend, you may be aware that we strive to host a reception at the national ACC meetings each year for state Chapter attendees. Being that we were in New Orleans this year, we decided to raise the bar a bit, and we were able to obtain our own parade license from the city of New Orleans, commandeered a local brass band and Grand Marshal and we had our own police escort for a second line parade through the streets of the French Quarter.

The event was a huge success and we even had some ACC representation from other states who temporarily applied for NY membership to participate! We have photos of the event on our website and social media accounts, so definitely take a look if you have a chance, and be sure to mark your calendars for ACC.20 in Chicago next year to see what we try to come up with to top this experience…’ll be a challenge to say the least!

Within the Chapter we said goodbye to some old friends who have served us well as Board members on the NY ACC Council the last few years and recently welcomed a new crop of Councilors who are eager to get started in representing your interests and helping make the New York Chapter the local professional home for all of the Cardiovascular Team.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our departing Councilors and welcome our new members to the team.

Departing Councilors Incoming Councilors
Dr. Stanley Fernandez Dr. Joshua Schulman-Marcus
Dr. Charles Lowenstein Dr. Farbod Raiszadeh
Dr. Amgad Makaryus Dr. Jason Pacos
Dr. Robert Phang Dr. John Makaryus
Dr. Benjamin Schaefer Dr. Ayman Iskander
Dr. Michael Sassower Dr. Jennifer Lang

Along with seeing old and new faces, our Chapter was once again recognized for all of the good work we have been doing over the last year. At the Board of Governors meeting at ACC.19, our Chapter received the award for work towards improving diversity and inclusion amongst the Chapter and helping to foster a pipeline for diversity entering the field of Cardiology and for creating representation at a state and national level. Through the work of the NYACC Council, led by our Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Chair, Dr. Robert Roswell, we have laid a foundation on which we intend to keep building to foster greater opportunity for involvement within the Chapter and the field of Cardiology.

In addition, NYACC received an Innovation Award, in partnership with the California Chapter of ACC and the Innovation Section of ACC, to create Innovation Hubs at our Chapter meetings. With this award, we have announced our first offering, which is the Inaugural New York ACC Shark Tank Competition to be held in Riverhead, NY in concert with our NYACC Annual Scientific Session on August 2nd and 3rd of this year.

We have had 20+ applications for groups wanting to compete to demonstrate their innovations to the practice of Cardiology in front of a group of judges that will be comprised of ACC Leadership, business leaders and venture capital investors. To make this even more exciting, as we have already scheduled our Scientific Session to be held at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, we will be holding the Shark Tank competition in the Shark Tank room with a wall of sharks swimming in the background as we hear from our competitors! Once again, NYACC does nothing half way!!

While there are many things for us all to be proud of that have occurred over the last year, we have heard from many that provider wellness and burnout remain huge issues that face us all. The ACC and Chapter, while not able to solve all the problems we face, have committed to doing their part to improve the practice of Cardiology for us all. To this end, we are announcing two initiatives that we will be pursuing in the months ahead:

  • Prior Authorization relief: We’ve heard loud and clear that members and their practices are inundated with prior authorization requirements and concerned that these administrative burdens are interfering with their ability to appropriately care for patients. We have had conversations with state and national legislators on this topic and even had some success in pockets with discussions with insurance companies and regulators, but we think we can do more.As announced previously, the ACC has released the Prior Authorization Reporting Tool (PARTool), which is an online tool that takes about 2 minutes to complete. It tracks what procedures are requiring prior authorizations, the outcome of the request and the payers and approvers who are involved. While a small additional step in the process, we are asking all New York members to join together in the month of May and have your administrative staff enter all prior authorizations for your office.With this one month of data, we believe we will have enough data to make our case at the state and national levels to reverse this trend, but we can’t do it without you. Please join us in this important effort. The website for the PARTool is: If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly or your Councilor from your region, but together we can make a difference!
  • Maintenance of Certification struggles: As I announced previously, the ACC has worked with both the ABIM and the NBPAS to create options for members seeking alternatives to the high stakes 10-year recertification exam and MOC requirements. The national ACC announced at ACC.19 an agreement with ABIM to allow a Continuing Maintenance Pathway that will be allowed in lieu of the 10-year recertification exam.With this process, we now can complete one of five ACCSAP modules per year for 5 years and answer 60 questions from that module in a timed exam with successful completion resulting in maintenance of ABIM certification without needing to take the 10-year exam. While admittedly not free, this program requires purchase of the ACCSAP program which is $1,500 to provide 5 years’ worth of modules ($300 per year) plus $128 fee each year to ABIM for those who wish to maintain their board certification status.For those who do not need ABIM status and wish to use NBPAS or any other credentialing, they can use ACCSAP or any of the other low/no-cost CME options that the College provides to demonstrate ongoing continuing education.

While this is an improvement, I’ve heard loud and clear that there is more work to be done, and I agree. Thus the New York Chapter of the ACC has taken it on as an advocacy effort to lobby our legislators at State and national levels to help remove the costly burdens that continuous education and Board certification place on the profession of Medicine. I encourage you to join with us for lobbying days and the Legislative Conference to ensure our voices are heard as we work to remove the costly burdens that MOC have placed on us without any clear evidence of improved care delivery for the patients we serve. This will not be an easy process, but the tides are in our favor, and again, together we can make a difference.

Finally, I want to spotlight our upcoming offerings for 2019. We have our ever-popular Cardiovascular Team Conference which will be moving back to Manhattan this year at the Wells Fargo Conference Center on Friday June 7, 2019. We have a terrific line-up of speakers planned and our special guest, Tim Atteberry, CEO of the national ACC who will be attending, followed by the well-received Summer Soiree to follow immediately after the conference. Hope to see you in Manhattan for that! Next, combine Cardiologists, The Hamptons and summer and what do you get? New York ACC Scientific Session 2019 of course!! As noted above we will have our Inaugural Shark Tank Competition, Fellows Jeopardy and Scientific Session all occurring in Riverhead, NY, on Friday and Saturday, August 2-3, 2019. This will be one you don’t want to miss!

President Teeters dancing with parade Grand Marshal Darlene Embry

That’s all for now, but please reach out with questions or issues, join a committee, group or task force within the Chapter and/or attend one of our educational conferences! I would love to meet and talk with as many of you as possible to ensure the NYACC is representing your needs and interests!

With warm regards,

J. Chad Teeters, MD, FACC
Upstate Governor | President
New York ACC

Fall 2016

November 1, 2016
The seasons turn, and change is in the air. Our annual Scientific Session saw a change in venue to the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Located only four blocks from Penn Station at the Hotel Eventi, the event also featured a meet-and-greet cocktail reception the evening prior to the Society’s 88th Annual Scientific Session. The demographics of our patient population continue to evolve, as does our paradigms of care, driven by new drugs and devices, cost, societal concerns, and politics.The focus of our Annual Meeting was particularly timely in this regard. The event, titled “Cardiology for the Ages: Tailoring Care for our Aging Population,” featured a distinguished faculty, providing both a broad overview and helpful advice to the practitioner for these changing times. Attendee feedback throughout the meeting was outstanding, and many I talked to were favorably impressed with the organization, hotel, service and the proximity to transportation.In other exciting news, we have established a new partnership with two cardiological societies in Argentina to facilitate chapter exchange. The purposes of the partnership include promoting the academic exchange of young physicians between hosting medical institutions, organizing joint sessions during selected meetings, promoting shared registries and developing consensus documents.The annual meeting of the Argentine Congress of Cardiology is held in October in Buenos Aires, and the National Congress of Cardiology is held in June in Rosario. Other specialty meetings are also held on an annual basis. We are currently in the process of defining areas of shared interest and potential collaboration and soliciting interest in and developing a list of institutions interested in hosting visiting cardiologists.

At our State Chapter meeting, we have begun to explore the possibilities of providing seed money grants for pilot projects of new investigators. Another hot topic was how to assess the interest of our trainees and training programs, organize and select a team for participation in National ACC Scientific Session Jeopardy Competition. At this time, any and all suggestions are welcome

Finally the trick-or-treat season has also brought us the final version of MACRA from CMS. MACRA reflects the beginning of a sea change in health care emphasis and reimbursement from fee for service care to quality- and value-based care.

Most providers will be participating in the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS), which will replace the current meaningful use, physician quality reporting system and the value-based payment modifier.

Due to advocacy efforts, new providers and providers who bill Medicare less than $30,000/ year or provide care to fewer than 100 Medicare patients are not required to participate in MACRA. Performance data can be collected as early as Jan. 1, 2017, although CMS has agreed to allow practitioners to begin collecting data as late as Oct. 2, 2017.

The data collected in 2017 will determine payment adjustments beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Failure to participate will result in an automatic 4% decrease in payments, and submission of a full year of data is required for the possibility of receiving a positive payment adjustment of up to 4% in 2019. You can learn more about the program from the CMS website, (

An excellent and local choice to learn more about how to prepare yourself for the significant changes in practice and reimbursement that MACRA will bring is the New York Cardiac Center Lecture,featuring Paul N. Casale, MD, MPH, FACC – “MACRA: a Paradigm Shift in How CMS will Pay Clinicians.” It will be held on Dec. 07, 2016, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Uris Auditorium on the Weill Cornell campus. Look forward to seeing you there!

William E. Lawson, MD, FACC | Upstate Governor
President, New York State Chapter,
American College of Cardiology
[email protected]



On October 8th, NYACC held its Annual Meeting and Scientific Session, titled “Cardiology for the Ages: Tailoring Care of our Aging Population.”

We would also like to once again congratulate all of our Young Investigator winners:

Abstract Award Winners: 

  • Saurav Chatterjee, MD (First place)
  • Joshua M. Lader, MD (Second place)
  • Nathaniel Smilowitz, MD (Third place)

Clinical Case Award Winners:

  • Aeshita Dwivedi, MD (First place)
  • Gustavo S. Guandalini, MD (Second place)

NYACC would also like to thank all of you who attended, as well as our presenters:

  • Joseph Alpert, MD, FACC, of University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • Sabahat Bokhari, MD, FACC, of Columbia University
  • Sarwat Chaudhry, MD, of Yale University School of Medicine
  • Kumar Dharmarajan, MD, MBA, of Yale School of Medicine
  • John Dodson, MD, FACC, of NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Mat Maurer, MD, FACC, of Columbia University
  • Nicole Orr, MD, FACC, of Tufts Medical Center
  • Mike Rich, MD, FACC, of Washington University in St. Louis

Summer 2016

August 1, 2016

A very happy August to you. I hope your summer has been pleasant thus far and that you are finding some “cooler” moments to spend outdoors. This will be my last message to you as President of NYACC, as my role now shifts to serving as President of the New York Cardiological Society.

We have scheduled several upcoming events for you, and I am excited about all of them. Our 88th Annual Scientific Session and 26th Annual Meeting will be held October 7-8 at the Hotel Eventi in NYC. We have a wonderful lineup of speakers, including Drs. Joseph Alpert, Sabahat Bokhari, Sarwat Chaudhry, Kumar Dharmarajan, John Dodson, Mathew Maurer, Nicole Orr, and Mike Rich, who are experts on aging in the field of CV care. This should be a great event, and I hope to see many of you there.

We have been working hard to provide greater member benefit to you, and as such, there will be no fee (for NYACC members) for this year’s Scientific Session. In addition, the night prior (Oct. 7th), we have added a free member reception of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. This event will also be held at the Hotel Eventi to give you all the opportunity to socialize and to network. If you plan on attending, you must register for both events, as space is limited.

You can register now at or by calling (212) 686-0228.

If you are a Fellow In Training (FIT) or a fellowship director, consider being a part of the Young Investigators’/Case Presenters’ Award Competition. It is a wonderful opportunity to present your research to a distinguished group of cardiovascular professionals at one of our biggest events of the year.

I am also happy to share that we will be co-sponsoring this year’s “Janet Baldwin Dinner/Lecture,” a 50-year-running lecture that features a prominent pediatric cardiologist, with the Pediatric Cardiology Society of Greater New York. More details are forthcoming.

As a final note, with implementation and congressional oversight of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) well underway, it is a critical time for us to be in Washington D.C. to personally deliver cardiology’s message. Several of your NYACC leaders will be representing our Chapter next month in D.C. during ACC’s 2016 Legislative Conference. If you wish to join us, you can register online here.

Have a great rest of your summer; I’ll see you in October!

Tim Malins, MD, FACC | Upstate Governor
President, New York State Chapter,
American College of Cardiology
[email protected]

Heart Failure Management    

Last month the ACC held its Emerging Strategies for Heart Failure Roundtable, which brought together a wide group of experts and relevant stakeholders to examine the practical barriers and gaps in care and/or knowledge around HF management.

Discussions focused on three primary areas: 1) Accountability in Heart Failure: The Challenges and Complementary Nature of Adherence, Measurement and Evolving Science; 2) New Medications, New Choices – Which Guideline Directed Medical Therapy Should be Used for Optimal Medical Therapy; and 3) Prevention of AHA Stage C Heart Failure.

The Roundtable is the first step in launching the College’s new “Succeed in Managing Heart Failure” Initiative, a multidisciplinary quality program designed to improve care for heart failure patients. Outcomes from the Roundtable will be used to inform the development of clinical tools and patient resources.

ACC Among Best Places to Work    



The American College of Cardiology was selected as one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2016.

Increasing staff and member knowledge and skills is one of the College’s top priorities. This honor is truly a reflection on the College’s efforts to ensure that staff are able to best support our mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health.

Specific rankings will be announced on Oct. 6 at the Modern Healthcare awards gala in New Orleans.

News from ACC

Recommendations on two new heart failure (HF) medications are detailed in a focused update of the 2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure, released May 20 by the ACC, American Heart Association (AHA) and Heart Failure Society of America and published in theJournal of the American College of Cardiology.

The focused update includes the addition of an angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor (ARNI) (valsartan/sacubitril), and a sinoatrial node modulator (ivabradine) to the list of treatment options for Stage C HF patients with a reduced ejection fraction.

“This document details the benefits and risks of these new therapies so that patients at high risk can be directed towards alternative therapies,” explains Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, MACC, chair of the writing committee. Read more on