Winter 2016

Dear Members,

Happy New Year! I hope that your 2016 is off to a great start.

The New York State Chapter of the ACC and the New York Cardiological Society have already had some exciting changes, including the move to our new headquarters (555 8th Ave., Suite 1902, New York, NY 10018) and the onboarding of our new executive director, Mary Leslie, who many of you got to meet at our Annual Scientific Session.

In December, Downstate Governor Bill Lawson, MD, FACC, provided the welcome at the New York Cardiovascular Symposium in New York City. There were more than 2,000 attendees, half of whom were international visitors. We were extremely proud to play host state to this annual New York State Chapter-endorsed event.

February, as most of you know, is American Heart Month, and we are very interested in knowing about any activities that you have planned or programs/initiatives that you are involved in to promote heart health. Please tell us by sending an email to [email protected].

You may have also noticed that we joined a few new social media platforms. We now have a LinkedIn Company Page that will provide general updates on news and events for the Chapter and Society. We have also created an Early-Career Member Group and a Cardiovascular Team (CVT) Member Group on LinkedIn and encourage you to follow and/or join these if you have an interest in becoming more engaged in your Chapter’s activities. In addition, we created a FourSquare Profile and have given our Facebook page a bit of a facelift. I encourage you to start or join a conversation. We are also pleased to share that we will be re-designing our website and integrating many of our social media platforms into it.

And finally, thank you to everyone who voted in our recent elections. A separate announcement regarding our newest Councilors will be sent at a later date.

As always, we’re eager to hear about your ideas and accomplishments. Please stay in touch by sending your news to [email protected] so that we can share it with your colleagues.

In Service,

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


Chapter-Endorsed NYU Programs

The New York State Chapter of the ACC has endorsed two programs being offered by NYU Langone Medical Center this May. The first, “Dietary Strategies for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction,” will be held Thursday, May 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the NYU Langone Farkas Auditorium.

The second, “Advances in Cardiovascular Risk Reduction,” will be a full-day course on state-of-the-art management of patients with cardiovascular risk factors, with a focus on prevention. It will focus on recent clinical trial results with implications in the management of cardiovascular disease risk factors, new developments in PCSK9 treatments for familial hypercholesterolemia, the use of aspirin in cardiac prevention and weight loss surgery insights, and how environmental toxins can affect cardiovascular health.


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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
[email protected]


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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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
[email protected]


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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Letter from the President – January 2019

Dear Colleagues,

What a whirlwind the last few months have been! Since our last newsletter in early summer, right after Norma Keller and I assumed our official roles as Upstate and Downstate Governors, we have had several successes to share and updates to provide. First, we have had two successful NYACC conferences. In June we held our annual Cardiovascular Team Symposium and Summer Soiree in Pittsford, NY (Upstate), which was spearheaded by our CVT Liaisons, Courtney Shores, PA (Rochester), and Kena Patel, PA (Long Island).

This meeting featured excellent speakers, headlined by Dr. Ty Gluckman from Oregon. More recently, in October, we had our NYACC Reception and New York Fellows-In-Training Jeopardy competition, along with our 90th Annual Scientific Session in Manhattan with keynote speaker Dr. Valentin Fuster, making it one of our best-ever panels of speakers.

For those who do not regularly attend, I highly recommend these conferences, as the quality of speakers is fantastic and the opportunity for CME/MOC and networking is invaluable. This year also marked our first attempt at webcasting our Scientific Session, and we intend to continue to offer this option, as we have heard from you that this may be beneficial for those members who have had difficulty getting time away to travel to conferences.

These conferences were very successful and we are already underway planning our slate of conferences for 2019. Additionally, in September our largest NY ACC delegation ever assembled in Washington, D.C. for the annual ACC Legislative Conference. Through this conference we received updates on national issues affecting the practice of Cardiology and also spent a day on Capitol Hill meeting with NY members of the House of Representatives and the Senate to advocate on behalf of our patients and the needs and interests of Cardiology providers across NY and the rest of the US.

I want to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to plan to attend ACC.19 in New Orleans on March 14-16 for the annual national ACC Scientific Session. Not only does the program look fantastic, but NYACC, in lieu of our normal New York Cocktail reception, will be hosting a NYACC parade down the streets of New Orleans in the French Quarter with our own security escort and brass marching band! This will truly be an event that is not to be missed!

Now it is admittedly difficult to follow up the announcement of a New Orleans parade with our own marching band, but there are several items I would like to highlight in this newsletter:

  1. Efforts to end prior authorization burden
  2. NY ACC Committees and participation
  3. NY ACC Awards and Recognition
  4. Maintenance of Certification for Cardiology

1)  Prior Authorization Efforts – I suspect it will come as no surprise to anyone reading this newsletter that one of the most commonly cited causes of frustration and burnout amongst our members, and others across the country, is the increasing burden of prior authorization and the impairment to delivering high- quality and timely care to our patients. I can certainly speak personally that my staff and I spend hours every week jumping through unnecessary hoops to gain approval for procedures and medications we feel are medical justified for a seemingly ever-increasing list of procedures and treatments. The national ACC has been hard at work on all of our behalf to remove these unnecessary burdens. To this end, the national ACC has released the Prior Authorization Reporting Tool (PARtool :

This web-based tool takes about 2 minutes to complete and is meant to collect data on which insurers are requiring prior authorization, which studies are being selected for prior authorization, and the outcome of prior authorization efforts (approved, rejected, alternative study recommended, etc.). The ACC has been compiling this data and conglomerating experience by state. Several states have utilized this information to launch resolutions that they have taken to their state legislatures to advocate for prohibition at a state level.

NY ACC has had some discussions with state representatives and it appears there would be an interest on their behalf to support advocacy efforts to curtail or prohibit prior authorizations, especially where there is good evidence appropriate use criteria are being reliably met. To further our NY ACC efforts on your behalf, we are asking for your support in logging all prior authorization activities within your office around cardiac procedures starting February 1, 2019.

For one month and in association with February as Heart Month, we are asking that you direct your staff to enter information regarding all prior authorizations required so that we can create a robust dossier of evidence of the time involved in and outcomes of these prior authorization requirements in an effort to begin drawing attention and seeking support to end this burden. This will only be successful with everyone’s help! Individually, our voice is small, but together our cumulative experience, even for one month, will be formidable and gain us traction in our discussions with state insurance regulators and representatives in Albany. Help us to bring an end to the prior authorization burden in 2019 and do you PARt!!!

2) NY ACC Committees and Participation – Did you know that NY ACC has 11 different committees who help to address the professional needs of our members and deliver value to our membership in NY ACC? At conferences and over email, I routinely hear from members inquiring how to get involved in NY ACC or national ACC. These state committees are excellent opportunities to get involved and advance issues meaningful to us all. I encourage you to check out our Committee and Group list and to reach out to committee chairs to get involved and communicate your input and recommendations to the appropriate committee chair. Likewise, Dr. Keller and I as you NY ACC Governors are always available and interested to hear from you and help you become more involved in NY ACC!

3) NY ACC Awards and Recognition – This has been a banner year for recognition for NY ACC and its members! First, for the Chapter, in September, the national ACC recognized our Chapter for its commitment to CVT membership and developing educational programs and recognition for our CVT members. Additionally, we were recognized for our Diversity and Inclusion efforts to expand representation among gender and ethnic minorities but also to include the representation from private practices, rural practices, etc.

The latter kudos belong to our terrific Diversity and Inclusion Task Force leader, Dr. Robert Roswell and the Chair of our Women in Cardiology group, Dr. Smadar Kort. Thank you to these two leaders within our Chapter! Next, at our NY ACC Scientific Session, we announced the creation of the Tracey Shannon Lecture for our annual CVT Conference to honor one of our great CVT leaders who actually was instrumental in creating the successful NY ACC CVT conference.

Tracey was on hand to accept the award of the named lecture in her honor and we look forward to the inaugural lecture next summer! Finally at our recent Scientific Sessions, our FIT members took home a host of awards. With our annual FIT Jeopardy competition we crowned our winning team who will be going on to the ACC.19 in March to represent our state proudly. The winning team includes: Drs. Puvanalingam Ayyadurai, MD; M. Miguel Amor, MD & Doris Chan, MD. Congrats to the self-proclaimed Disciples of Braunwald! Additionally, our abstract award recipients were Beom Soo Kim, MD; Matt Mills, BS, OMSII; and Hamza Sadhra.

4) One of the largest topics within the house of Medicine over the last couple of years has been the ABIM’s requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). We have seen challenges from the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS) and even lawsuits against the ABIM regarding the high cost and time burden to maintain certification, especially as most of us must have proof of certification for hospital privileging, to maintain status on insurer panels, and even for department appointments.

Our National ACC has been hard at work to address and reduce this burden and find an alternative to meet the needs of our membership. At our NY Annual Scientific Session in October, Dr. William Oetgen, ACC Executive Vice President and the leader of the MOC efforts on behalf of the College, presented the most recent agreement ACC has reached with ABIM on behalf of our members. This includes the following alternatives to the 10- year MOC exam through the ABIM:

  1. ABIM has approved a 2-year Knowledge Check-In exam, hosted by the ABIM, which can be taken online and does not require taking the exam at a testing center. This can be used in lieu of the once every 10-year exam and even if taken and not passed, Diplomats will have the opportunity to take it again while still being listed as active and participating in MOC.|
  2. We anticipate final approval in 2019 of the collaborative Adult Clinical Cardiology Self- Assessment Program where ACC members can utilize ACCSAP and complete one module a year followed by an online, secure test to demonstrate continuing education and medical knowledge. ABIM has indicated they will accept this ongoing effort as a replacement for the 10-year exam to maintain certification. We have not yet learned what the cost of this option would be and anticipate this may be and anticipate this may be available as early as third quarter of 2019.
  3. For those not wishing to maintain ABIM status, but who wish to demonstrate ongoing knowledge update and performance, ACC will be offering the same Self-Assessment program without the online testing component, but with generation of a certificate upon completion of the modules that can be presented to credentialing bodies as evidence of continuing education. While there is no guarantee that this will be universally accepted in lieu of ABIM status, it will be accepted by NBPAS and others.
  4. ABIM will continue to offer the 10-year MOC exam for those who wish to continue with this pathway. For any members due for Cardiology ABIM recertification this year, ACC is currently recommending to plan to take the 2-year Knowledge Check-In this year and then, pass or fail, those who wish can plan to enroll in the ACCSAP program moving forward. We will keep you informed as more information comes available on this important topic!

Finally, mark your calendars for important upcoming events:

March 14-16, 2019: ACC.19 in New Orleans
June 7, 2019: NY ACC Cardiovascular Team Conference in Manhattan
August 2-3, 2019: New York ACC Annual Scientific Session, Long Island Aquarium, Riverhead, NY

That’s all for now! We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans at ACC.19!

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