The Board of Governors Steering Committee discusses issues and concerns as identified by ACC governors and establishes a process within the existing College structure to encourage constructive resolution of these issues and concerns. It plans interesting and innovative Board of Governors' meetings based on identified BOG issues and concerns, addresses strategic planning for the BOG, administers the annual governors-elect election as described in Article VI, Section 1, of the College Bylaws, and encourages and stimulates interaction between the BOG and chapters and the BOG and the Board of Trustees. This committee shall consist of the chair of the BOG, who serves as chair, the immediate past chair of the BOG, the chair-elect of the BOG and five other governors appointed by the chair of the BOG. These member-governors will serve a two-year term (at which time their term as an ACC governor will have expired).
The Board of Governors Steering Committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month by conference call from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm Eastern time. Feel free to contact any BOG SC member if you have any ideas you wish discussed.
Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC, Southern California, 2012-2013 Chair holds the Robert and Georgia Roth Chair for Excellence in Cardiac Care and is the medical director of disease management for Hoag Heart and Vascular Institute, a position she has held since 2001. In her role as director of Disease Management, Dr. Itchhaporia leads the congestive heart failure management
program and the anticoagulation clinic at Hoag Heart and Vascular Institute. She joined the medical staff at Hoag Hospital and also established her private practice specializing in diagnostic and interventional cardiology in 1996.
Dr. Itchhaporia received her medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and continued to complete her residency in internal medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. Subsequently, she joined the General Medicine Faculty at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as assistant clinical professor and then went on to do a cardiology fellowship at Georgetown University and an interventional cardiology fellowship at Stanford University. She is board-certified in cardiology, interventional cardiology and nuclear cardiology.
Dr. Itchhaporia is the immediate past-president of the ACC California Chapter, as well as the Southern California governor and the chair-elect for the ACC Board of Governors (BOG). In addition, she is a member of the ACC BOG Steering Committee, as well as the co-chair of the Practice Administrators Committee and a member of the Clinical Cardiology Council for the ACC. Previously, she was a member of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Membership Committee, Chair of the Women in Heart Disease Committee, the Advocacy Committee, the CT working group as well as Orange County councilor for the ACC California Chapter. She holds many leadership positions with renowned organizations, including six years as a member of the Western Affiliates
board of the AHA and past-president of the Orange County Chapter of the AHA. She has served the National AHA Professional Educational Committee. In the past, she had been active in the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology as a member of the Government Relations Committee.
Dr. Itchhaporia has co-chaired the Controversies and Advances in Cardiology Meeting for the last two years. This meeting, which has hosted 550 participants is held in Beverly Hills early October. She is the director of the Annual Advances in Heart Failure Symposium held annually in Newport Beach. She has been guest editor for the journal Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine.
Thad F. Waites, MD, FACC, Mississippi, 2012-2013 Immediate Past Chair practices clinical cardiology with emphasis on interventional cardiology. His practice is with the Hattiesburg Clinic. Waites graduated from University of Mississippi Medical School. His internship was at Emory University, Grady Hospital. Internal medical residency was completed at University
of Colorado. This occurred after active duty as a flight surgeon with the US Navy Reserve. After practicing Internal Medicine for two years at Ochsner Clinic, he went to Emory University, for chief residency under Dr. J. Willis Hurst and for cardiology fellowship. He then joined the cardiology staff at Ochsner and worked there for 8 years. During that time, he was recognized as Teacher of the Year. He moved to Hattiesburg and the Hattiesburg Clinic in 1987. While in Hattiesburg, he has been President of the Medical Staff for two terms. He was President of the Mississippi Affiliate of the American Heart Association. He was President of the Southeastern Affiliate of the American Heart Association for two terms. He has been Vice President of Hattiesburg Clinic. And, he is Director of the cath lab of Forrest General Hospital. His clinical research interest is currently in the field of CT Imaging.
David C. May, MD, PhD, FACC, Texas, 2012-2013 Chair-elect was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He did his undergraduate training at the University of Louisville and, in 1980, received his medical degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Following his medical school training, he completed his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and
Toxicology at the same institution. As a medical student, he was the recipient of academic awards in anatomy, pharmacology, and medicine. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society as a junior medical student where he served as president. Dr. May came to Texas in 1981 to serve an internship in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health
Science Center at Dallas. This was followed by a residency in Internal Medicine and subsequently a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at the same institution. He also served as a research instructor in the University of Texas Health Science Center Department of Pharmacology under the tutelage of Elliott Ross, Ph.D. and Nobel Laureate Alfred G. Gilman, M.D., Ph.D.
A Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. May is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine. He is a Fellow of the College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Coronary Angiography and Intervention.
Dr. May currently holds active medical staff privileges at the Medical Center of Lewisville, Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, Trinity Medical Center, and Denton Regional Medical Center. He has served as the president of the medical staff at both the Medical Center of Lewisville and Trinity Medical Center. In addition, he has served on the board of directors of the Texas Society of Internal Medicine, the Denton County Medical Society, the Lewisville Chapter of the American Heart Association and the Board of Trustees af the Medical Center of Lewisville. He is currently on the governing board of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and serves as the chairman of Heart PAC, the Texas Chapter of American College of Cardiology Political Action Committee. Dr. May has authored numerous scientific papers which have appeared in publications such as The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, The Annals of Internal Medicine, The Journal of Biological Chemistry, and The Proceedings of National Academy of Science. In private practice for 18 years, he is the founding member of Cardiovascular Specialists, PA and serves as its managing partner.
John U. Doherty, MD, FACC, 2011-2013 Pennsylvania, has been a Pennsylvania cardiologist for 25 years after completing a Cardiology Fellowship at The University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Dr. Doherty is currently a Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University where he has an active in-patient and out-patient clinical practice.
He is active in the teaching program and is the Director of Clinical Services in Cardiology at Thomas Jefferson University. He is also the Quality Officer of the Division of Cardiology at Thomas Jefferson. He has been active in the ACC as District Councilor for District I for 2 terms and has been Program Chairman for the Annual Session in 2006 and 2007. Dr. Doherty is Board Certified in Cardiology and has been a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology for over 20 years.
Uma S.Valeti, MBBS, FACC, 2011-2013 Minnesota, is a practicing interventional cardiologist at the St. Paul Heart Clinic. He has served on the board of councilors for the State Chapter of the ACC for the past 2 years. He has been in both office-based and hospital-based practices since completing fellowship training in General Cardiology, Interventional cardiology, Cardiovascular MRI and CT from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester. His combination of formal training in Cardiology and via Radiology for cardiac CT and MRI at the Mayo Clinic brings in a perspective of collaboration much needed in advancing the field of cardiovascular imaging. Dr. Valeti has set up a successful office and hospital based clinical and research Cardiac CT/MRI program from the ground up while facing several hurdles related to regulation, reimbursement, public advocacy, and turf battles and understands what it takes to build a credible
and sustainable program with a combination of clinical excellence, education and continuing research in this new field. He heads one of the largest Cardiovascular CT/MRI program in the country with 10 faculty members. As a part of his interventional practice, he has been a strong advocate for improving door to balloon times and has been honored by the St. Paul fire department and the city of St. Paul for his contributions to the St. Paul community. His tireless energy and enthusiasm for advancing the best cardiovascular care for the patients will serve the ACC state chapter well in the upcoming years. Dr. Valeti is Board Certified in Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology and has been a FACC for 2 years.
Thomas J Lewandowski, MD, FACC, 2012-2014 Wisconsin, has been a cardiologist in Appleton, Wisconsin for 10 years and a councilor for the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Collage of Cardiology for six. Tom practices general cardiology with an emphasis on noninvasive imaging and pulmonary hypertension. Prior to moving to Wisconsin, he was Co-President of the
Michigan Chapter’s Fellows in Training Society and successfully instituted the Chapters Clinical Vignette and Poster Competitions. While at the University of Michigan, he also served as Fellows in Training Societies’ representative to the Michigan Chapter’s Board of Directors. For the last six years, Tom has acted as the Northeast Wisconsin Councilor for the Wisconsin Chapter of the ACC. Tom has been acting as co-representative for the WI Chapter to the Wisconsin Medicare Care Advisory Committee. On a national level, he was a member of the ACC/ACR development committee for a local carrier decision covering Cardiac MRI. Tom helped to found the Wisconsin Chapter’s Fellows in Training Society and presently acts as its advisor. He has participated at the ACC Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., two of the last four years. Tom is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography. He is a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Computer Tomography.
John S. Strobel, MD, FACC, 2012-2014 Indiana, has been a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist in Bloomington, IN for 8 years. He is a member of Internal Medicine Associates, Inc. and has been involved in both hospital-based and office-based practice. He is the director of Electrophysiology at Bloomington Hospital. He has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Indiana ACC and is currently a counsilor for the Southern District. He is also involved with the Heart Rhythm Society and is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Indiana University. At Bloomington Hospital, he serves on the Credentials Committee and the Code Blue Committee. In addition to his clinical activities, he is involved in teaching and clinical research. Dr. Strobel is Board Certified in Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology and has been a FACC for 8 years.
Michael Mansour, MD, FACC, 2012-2014 Mississippi, , a graduate of Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi Medical School, completed Internal Medicine residency at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He served as Chief Fellow in Cardiology at the University of Florida, and Interventional Fellow in Cardiology at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital. He later served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Florida and then Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University. He was founding partner of Cardiovascular Physicians of North Atlanta, was elected to the Board of Directors of Georgia First Healthcare and served on the advisory board at Emory Heart Center for the United Healthcare Network. Dr. Mansour’s previous research interests have been in interventional cardiology and endothelial function. His current research interest involves healthcare disparities. He has been
involved with serving indigent and minority populations as a volunteer physician for the Mercy Mobile Health Unit in Atlanta, Georgia 1994-1998 and as a member of the medical staff of Delta Regional Medical Center in the Mississippi Delta since 1998. He and his wife Kathleen Mansour, MD, FACC began their current practice in Greenville, Mississippi in 1998. He served as the Medical Site Director for one of 14 nationwide sites from 2004-2006 for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Study on Healthcare Disparities, Expecting Success. He is the author/ co-author of 32 peer reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters. Dr. Mansour holds board certifications in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, and Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He serves as Vice president of Delta Medical Society and serves on the Legislative Council of the Mississippi
State Medical Association. He is President of the Mississippi Chapter of the American College of Cardiology 2011-2014, is a member of the American College of Cardiology Coding Task Force 2011-present, the American College of Cardiology Cardiometabolic Workgroup 2012-present, and is on the American College of Cardiology Board of Governors.