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BOG Update 10/02/09





September 25, 2009

Report from the Chair of the Board of Governors


All we know is still infinitely less than all that remains unknown.
- William Harvey (1578-1657)


The British are coming!


The California Chapter of the American College of Cardiology is honored this week to host the leadership of the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) in Beverly Hills at our 20th Annual meeting. The BCS is one of the several cosponsors of our annual continuing medical education conference: Controversies and Advances in Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease. Additional meeting sponsors include the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Society for Thoracic Surgery. This international meeting is being held October 1-2, 2009 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. I’m honored to join Dr. Fred Bove, Dr. Ralph Brindis, Dr. Jack Lewin, Dr. Dipti Itchhaporia, Dr. George Smith and Dr. Gordon Fung in hosting the delegation from the British Cardiovascular society as they participate in a reciprocal visit to Southern California following the visit of ACC leadership to the British Cardiovascular Society annual meeting earlier this year. The British Cardiovascular Society ( was founded in 1922 and has evolved into a complex organization that plays a pivotal role in the delivery of cardiovascular health across the United Kingdom. BCS is dedicated to the promotion of cardiovascular health. They set standards, support healthcare professionals and work with patients, the public and partner organizations. The mission statement of BCS states that the Society will:


• Set standards of excellence for individuals, organizations, and the care of patients with cardiovascular disease.

• Be committed to training and education, and support the practice of professionals working within cardiovascular health, science, and disease management.

• Be the primary source of professional advice and advocacy to government, funding bodies, and industry.

• Deliver these objectives in collaboration with patients, the public, and partner organizations.


The California Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (CAACC) is delighted that they are now twinned with the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) as part of a three-year pilot that was formally initiated at ACC.09 in Orlando, Florida. The CAACC-BCS Twinning Program” is the first pilot program between an ACC State Chapter (California) and a national cardiovascular society (BCS). The program is designed to develop long-term relationships between cardiovascular professionals in the United States and the United Kingdom. The initial International "Twinning" pilot, partners the 1,840 members of BCS with the 3,011 members of CAACC. The program provides free access to member materials on the BCS Web site, as well as reduced or complimentary registration fees to CA-ACC and BCS educational programs and meetings. BCS and the CA-ACC will be able to contribute and have access to each other’s journals and newsletters. The program also provides unique opportunities for institutional visits, lecture tours and mini-preceptorships in the U.S and the U.K. The ACC-BCS Fellowship in Cardiovascular Imaging will be part of the program and is designed as a cooperative training experience between Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. The California Chapter hopes to work closely with the new United Kingdom-Ireland ACC International Chapter which has been formed under the auspices of the British Cardiovascular Society and the Irish Cardiac Society. During the Controversies Course physicians from Great Britain and the United States will outline how they deliver patient care within their health care system and how their system’s rules affect patient treatment and outcome.  Roger Boyle, CBE, Britain’s Department of Health national director for heart disease, will discuss the processes involved in his country’s single-payer healthcare system. Steve Nissen, M.D., chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, will discuss his experiences treating patients within the U.S. private insurance system.  These sessions will delineate the challenges of delivering uniform, high-quality, efficient and cost-effective cardiovascular care across different payment systems and lessons-learned from other healthcare environments. We appreciate the opportunity to interact with our British colleagues through the twinning pilot and share experiences which may lead to greater cross pollination of ideas and concepts that could lead to improved care of our patients.


Great Britain’s Sir Magdi Yacoub will share developments from his respective groundbreaking research into cardiac stem cell therapies. Dr. Nicholas Boon former BCS President will lecture on the cardiovascular effects of air pollution. Dr. Huon Gray, ACC International Chair from Southampton and a former BCS President will provide an update on STEMI care from the United Kingdom perspective. Dr. John Deanfield will give a featured lecture on the “Prevention of Atherosclerosis: A UK perspective.” CNN’s Larry King, host of “Larry King Live,” will moderate a panel discussion on how healthcare reform could help or hinder medical advances in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.  Panel members will include Dr. Fred Bove, Dr. Roger Boyle, Dr. Ralph Brindis, Dr. Spencer King, Dr. Martin Leon, Dr. Michael Mack, Dr. Steve Nissen, Dr. Rita Redberg, and Dr. P.K. Shah.


Thomas Friedman writes in The World Is Flat A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century that the “flattening” of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; and how governments and societies can, and must, adapt. International twinning projects have the potential to provide us unique insights on this new paradigm and how increased collaboration may allow us to learn from each other and collectively benefit patients around the globe. They also provide a unique international prism as we pursue efforts in healthcare reform. The International Council of the American College of Cardiology will evaluate the BCS-CAACC pilot and may expand the initiative to other interested Chapters pending further review. The ‘pilot’ phase has been incredibly short and the whole concept of ‘Twinning’ or some other relationship with the newly evolving ACC International Chapters with ACC may be on the menu of opportunities to interact with other international societies in the future.


Chair, Board of Governors

2009-2010 Board of Governors Steering Committee Membership:
John Gordon Harold, MD, FACC (Chair), California:
Jane E. Schauer, MD, PhD, FACC (Past Chair), New Mexico:
Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC (Chair-Elect), Indiana:
J. Chris Higgins, MD, FACC, Vermont: 
Oscar R. Jenkins, Jr, MD, FACC, North Carolina:
Margo Minissian, ACNP-BC, MSN, CNS, California:
José Rivera Del Río, MD, FACC, Puerto Rico:
Thad F. Waites, MD, FACC, Mississippi:
Michael Widmer, MD, FACC, Oregon:



NCDR Bi-Monthly Newsletter

September/October issue of News and Views


Action Items

Deadline: TODAY

NCDR Open Comment Period: The National Cardiovascular Data Registry™ (NCDR™) is providing an open comment period on the proposed executive summary metrics and report components for the CathPCI Registry® version 4.0 Institutional Outcomes Report.

To download and review a sample report and submit comments, please click

Your comments must be submitted by 3:00 pm ET, October 2, 2009. Contact: Susan Fitzgerald,

Deadline: 10/5

BOG Steering Committee: If you have any items that you wish to bring up next month before BOG Steering for discussion or for informational purposes, please contact Jayne Jordan at In addition, if you'd like to present to the BOG-SC a "Report from the Front", a report on the work environment, legislative climate or any other issues in your state, also contact Jayne Jordan.

Deadline 10/31: Call for Committee Nominations and Applications: If you would like to participate in one of the College’s committees and councils, now is the time to let us know. All College Fellows, Fellows in Training and Cardiac Care Associates are encouraged to nominate and/or apply. Applications are due October 31, 2009. Applicants will be selected by the ACC President-Elect, Ralph G. Brindis, MD, MPH, FACC, this fall and notified of their selection in January 2010.

Committee Application Instructions and List of Openings.pdf

To nominate and/or apply, please login at the Member Center, , on ACC’s website.

Applicants will be asked to list professional experience and practices outside of ACC, honors, and awards, most important publications and any experience and qualifications that my qualify them for a requested committee. All applicants are required to submit a letter of reference from an ACC member. Contact: Marthea Wilson, 202-375-6230 or


Upcoming Events

D2B Webinar
Registration for the October 5th D2B Webinar referenced by Jack Lewin in his latest blog can be reached at the following link:


2010 BOG Calendar:
January 29-30 - BOG/Leadership Forum, Park Hyatt, Washington, DC (Details to follow)
March 12-15 - BOG Events at ACC.10, Atlanta, GA
September 12 - 14 - BOG/Legislative Conference, Washington, DC (Details to follow)