Letter from the President – March 2020

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pride and excitement that I step into the role of President of our Chapter. I am very honored to serve you in this capacity and look forward to working with my Co-Governor, Chad Teeters; the Council; and our volunteers to build upon the solid foundation already established by our past presidents and Council members. I would also like to thank Dr. Teeters for his exceptional leadership these past 18 months in growing NYACC in new and innovative ways.

There is much that is not seen that he has done ‘behind the scenes’ on behalf of cardiologists here in New York — not to mention he is an active participant on the national ACC Board of Governors steering committee, giving our state a stronger voice in the upper echelon of leaders. As Dr. Teeters mentioned in his last President’s Letter, leading our Chapter truly is a team partnership, and I want to once again thank our State delegation, our Council and Committees, our two CVT Liaisons (Courtney Shores and Kena Patel), our two FIT Liaisons (Michael Hannon and Amrita Mukhopadhyay) and all those who serve NYACC throughout the year in a volunteer capacity.

The coronavirus crisis has undoubtedly touched all of you in different ways, and your Chapter wishes you well in these trying times. First of all, if there is anything I can personally do for anyone during this crisis, feel free to reach out to me at president@ny-acc.org. Second, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to read over “COVID-19 and the cardiovascular system” from Cardiology, regarding cardiovascular protection during treatment for COVID-19. As far as our Chapter activities go, the 47th Annual Arvilla Berger Lecture with John D. Bisognano, MD, PhD, FACC, is still scheduled to take place at the University of Rochester on April 28th, but this will now be a virtual session, rather than an in-person session.

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The 13th Annual CVT Symposium and Annual NYACC Summer Soirée are still scheduled to take place at the Hotel Henry Urban Conference Center in Buffalo on Friday, June 5th, but NYACC continues to monitor the COVID-19 advisories set forth by the authorities and will be evaluating the situation as it develops. We will keep our members and community updated but encourage you to check the event-description page for the latest updates. Presentations provide CVT members with evidence-based approaches to the treatment and care of the cardiac patient and information regarding current and the latest cutting-edge technologies. This program is designed for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, technologists, physicians and all members of the cardiovascular team. There will be a poster competition this year for RNs, PAs, NPs, etc., who wish to present research too.

We have also secured September 10th as the date for this year’s Shark Tank event and FIT poster competition, so save the date for these great events!

In other news, we also kicked off a wonderful new partnership with The Young Women’s Leadership School (TYWLS) in the Bronx. Ten women cardiologists participated in “Cool Women, Hot Jobs” (CWHJ)” on February 13, 2020, supported in part by a grant from ACC to help us to build the pipeline of future cardiologists in New York. CWHJ is a program in a series of career-day-style events to expose traditionally underserved communities to careers, especially those in STEM.

Volunteers visit the schools to speak with students about their college and career paths and to share lessons for success. In turn, students have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from volunteers. We encourage more of you to volunteer in this capacity to inspire our future generations of Cardiologists.

In our efforts to continue work on behalf of the practice of Cardiology, several of our leadership team recently joined other ACC state chapters at the College Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, to advance the mission of the ACC by advocating for a quality-driven healthcare system, provider stability and more.

I also want to reiterate that we are always looking for volunteers to serve the Chapter, especially on our committees, for advocacy activities and year-round events. Visit our website to see the available groups and task forces we have: https://ny-acc.org/getting-involved/committees-groups/

I look forward to the year ahead and encourage you to continue to reach out with any suggestions to me and/or Dr. Teeters at president@ny-acc.org and president@nycardiology.org, respectively.


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