January/February 2016
Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc.
Events Calendar

Spirit of the Heart
Feb. 6-7
Sarasota, FL.

12th Annual Cardiovascular Disease Update
Feb 5-6
Sarasota, FL

43rd International Congress of the Egyptian Society of Cardiology
Feb 22-25
Cairo, Egypt

Feb. 20-23
Washington, DC

Ninth Health Disparities Conference
Feb. 29 – March 2
New Orleans, LA

Feb. 23
Washington, DC

2016 ACC Scientific Session
April 2-4
Chicago, IL

ABC Annual Fellows Program
April 1
Chicago, IL

ABC General Membership Dinner Meeting
April 2
Chicago, IL

Joint Symposium of the Association of Black Cardiologists and the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session
Conundrums in Cardiovascular Disease - Deciphering the Role of Race/Ethnicity
April 4
Chicago, IL


National Medical Association Annual Convention
July 30 - Aug 3
Los Angeles, CA
ABC Awards Dinner
October 1
New York, NY

American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
Nov 12-16
New Orleans, LA

Dr. Walter M. Booker, Sr. Memorial Symposium
November 12,
New Orleans, LA

Our Mission is to Promote the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease, including Stroke, in Blacks and other Minorities and to Achieve Health Equity for all through the Elimination of Disparities

In This Issue:

Congratulations to ABC's Community Programs Committee!

Two ABC Patient Education Resource Guides Win Digital Health Awards

Dr. UnderwoodDr. ScobieApplause! Applause! for the ABC Community Programs Committee co-chaired by Drs. Janice Scobie and Paul Underwood. Under their leadership, working in collaboration with StayWell, ABC has earned recognition from the Digital Health Awards for two of our Patient Education Resource Guides.

Digital Health AwardsThe Digital Health Awards are presented by the Health Information Resource Center. Entries are judged based on content, format, success in reaching the targeted health audience and overall quality.

Transitions in CareTransitions in Care: Patient Resource Guide  (Fall 2015 Silver Award/ Consumer Medical Education)
This easy-to-use resource is designed to help adult patients make the transition from hospital to home go as smoothly as possible. It covers everything you need to know before entering the hospital, what to do when returning home, the importance of medication adherence, follow up care, and appointments, and tips and tools for caregivers.
Available in print and digital versions. Health care providers may order print copies here.
Adult VaccinationsYour Guide to Adult Vaccination: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Health (Fall 2015 Merit Award/ Consumer Medical Education)
Even though vaccines have reduced or eliminated many infectious diseases that were once harmful or deadly, thousands of adults in the U.S. are still susceptible because they have not been vaccinated. This informative guide will give you what you need to know about protecting your health.
Available in print and digital versions. Health care providers may order print copies here.
February is American Heart Month!
February Social Media Campaign

#ILoveMyHeartJoin the #ILoveMyHeart campaign by the FDA Office of Minority Health (@FDAOMH), Salud Today (@SaludToday) and Association of Black Cardiologists (@ABCardio1)  and show us how much you love your heart! In honor of the American Heart Month, take a picture with a dry erase board or poster board describing how  you keep your heart healthy or share your pictures preparing healthy meals, engaging in a physical activity, taking your medication or doing other activities that keep your heart healthy. Share your photos in Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the #ILoveMyHeart hashtag. Every Monday, the best three photos will be posted in the FDA Facebook page.
February 4, 12:00 PM ET: Attracting Black Males to Medicine: Physicians’ Call to Action
Presented by Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Medical Association (AMA) and Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Join this webinar.

February 6-7: ABC Spirit of the Heart - Sarasota, FL
Spirit of the HeartThe Spirit of the Heart Program will be in Sarasota, Florida on February 6th and 7th, hosted by Dr. Mahfouz El Shahawy and Dr. Lisa Merritt of the Multicultural Health Institute. The first event, featuring guest speaker and ABC President Icilma V. Fergus, will be held at the Mount Sinai Seventh Day Adventist Church on Saturday, February 6 from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. On Sunday, February 7, the Multicultural Health Institute, in concert with the ABC will feature a health fair at the Harvest Tabernacle Church from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. ABC Community Program Committee Co-Chair Dr. Janice Scobie will be part of a panel featuring local physicians and a heart attack survivor who lived to tell her story. She will also speak at other local churches about ABC's 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart.

February 17: ABC to join Million Hearts® and Men's Health Network for Twitter Chat
Million Hearts® is partnering with the Men's Health Network and ABC to host a Twitter chat focusing on African American men and providing them with resources to adopt a heart healthy lifestyle. ABC member Dr. Keith Ferdinand will serve as the health care provider on the consumer Twitter chat which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 17 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Follow ABC on Twitter to join the chat!

February 29: #29DaysofHeart Twitter Chat

Featuring Jennifer Mieres, MD, member of WomenHeart Scientific Advisory Council, ABC member and professor of Cardiology & Population Health, Hofstra North-Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.  Dr. Mieres will answer questions about heart disease in African American women. Questions to be addressed include: Why does heart disease affect African-American women disproportionately? What are some resources for African American women to take charge of their heart health?  #29DaysofHeart Twitter Chat

Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ) offers free CE/CME Learning Activity

February is National Heart Month – AHRQ has you covered with a CE/CME learning activity on Peripheral Artery Disease, free for ABC members! Available here.
ABC Resources for American Heart Month

      7 Steps To A Healthy HeartGo To Guides:      Go here for more heart health resources ...

ABC Announcements

Clinical Trials
NEW! Clinical Trials Brochure Now Available

Clinical Trials: How You Can Make a Difference is designed to help your patients understand the importance of clinical trials, why they should consider participating, and how clinical trials are conducted. Health care providers may order print copies here.

Jackson Heart Study (JHS) Appoints New Director/Principal Investigator

Dr. CorreaAdolfo Correa, MD, MPH, PhD, MBA, a physician-scientist who joined the Jackson Heart Study as chief science officer in 2011, has been appointed director of the program and its principal investigator.  

Dr. Correa has a strong record of clinical care, population-based research and leadership. He has held several scientific leadership positions with the CDC as well as academic appointments with Johns Hopkins. He currently holds adjunct/associate faculty appointments with the schools of public health at Johns Hopkins and at Emory University.  Find out more here.

Drs. Elijah Saunders and Levi Watkins on list of 2015 Best Physicians
Dr. WatkinsDr. SaundersMedscape's list of "Best Physicians of the Year 2015" includes two of ABC's revered members, Drs. Elijah Saunders and Levi Watkins, both of whom passed away in 2015.

Medscape names physicians to this list who "responded selflessly to natural and manmade disasters, made ground-breaking discoveries, and cared for some of the poorest people on earth. The "best" were chosen from the many physicians who reached the highest standards of their calling." Click here to view the list (may require a login).

A Warm Welcome to New ABC Life Member

Dr. AtiemoDr. Andrew Atiemo is a clinician, teacher and author. He currently serves as an Interventional Cardiologist with Flagstaff Medical Center, Flagstaff, AZ and previously served as a senior partner with North Phoenix Heart Center. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Atiemo serves as Clinical Assistant Professor and preceptor for students from Midwestern University School of Medicine, Glendale AZ.

After completing his medical education at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Atiemo trained in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard teaching hospital. His passion for cardiology led him to John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD where he trained in general cardiology and interventional cardiology. During his time at this world renowned center, Dr. Atiemo performed over 400 heart catheterizations and authored publications in several peer-reviewed journals. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology.

When renewing your ABC membership, please consider a Life Membership!

Your support of ABC's mission to "Promote the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease, including Stroke, in Blacks and other Minorities and to Achieve Health Equity for all through the Elimination of Disparities" ensures a robust organization. Life Membership is a great deal: $5,250.00 payable over three years. For more information, contact Katrese Phelps McCullum today to setup your payment plan at kphelps@abcardio.org.

Membership in the ABC affords access to opportunities for discussion including new developments in research, education and advocacy. In addition, your association with thought leaders in the field from medical centers and practices across the nation allows for diversity, camaraderie and cohesiveness. Click here to join/renew online or remit payment by mail to Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. - 122 E. 42nd Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10168.

ABC Events
at American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session

April 1 - 4

Host Hotel: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL

ABC Special Room Rate:  $259 plus tax 16.4% tax - Single/Double

April 1:  ABC Cardiology Fellows Reception & Dinner Program
Hyatt Regency Chicago
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Reception
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Dinner Program

April 2:  ABC Board of Directors Meeting
Hyatt Regency Chicago
10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

April 2:  ABC General Membership Dinner Meeting
Hyatt Regency Chicago
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM     Reception
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM   Dinner Program

April 4:  Joint Symposium of the Association of Black Cardiologists and the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session
Conundrums in Cardiovascular Disease - Deciphering the Role of Race/Ethnicity

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM   AGENDA
McCormick Place - Grand Ballroom S100BC

ACC.16 Chicago, April 2 – 4
McCormick Place, Chicago

Spirit of the HeartMark Your Calendar!
ABC Spirit of the Heart Events

April 23 - Los Angeles, CA
May 14 - San Diego, CA

ABC Member News

Dr. Barbara Hutchinson to Serve on American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Committee

Dr. HutchinsonABC President Elect Barbara Hutchinson, MD, PhD has been approved to serve on ABIM's Cardiovascular Board Cardiovascular Disease Exam Committee.

The ABIM's mission is to "enhance the quality of health care by certifying internists and subspecialists who demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for excellent patient care."  Certification indicates that physicians have met rigorous standards through intensive study, accredited training and evaluation and that they have the clinical judgment, skills and attitudes essential for the delivery of excellent patient care. Maintenance of Certification is a professionally determined standard that attests that an internist is staying current in knowledge and practice throughout his/her career. 

Genita "GiGi" Evangelista Johnson to receive Woman of the Year Award

GigiOn March 14 ABC member Genita Evangelista Johnson will receive the Woman of the Year Award from the Los Angeles County Commission for Women and the Board of Supervisors in recognition of her generosity, philanthropy, and humanitarian activities benefiting the Los Angeles community, as well as for her business accomplishments. The award will be bestowed upon her at the 31st Annual Women of the Year Awards and Scholarship Luncheon at 11:30 AM Monday, March 14 in the Music Center Grand Hall in Los Angeles.  Click here for more information or to donate to the scholarship fund.  Congratulations Gigi!

Three ABC Members Elected to the Association of University Cardiologists (AUC)

Dr. Herman TaylorDr. Michelle AlbertDr. WilliamsABC members Kim Allan Williams, MD, Michelle Albert, MD, MPH and Herman Taylor, MD, MPH were inducted into the Association of University Cardiologists in January.

Dr. Williams is James B. Herrick Professor and Chief, Division of Cardiology, Rush University School of Medicine and President of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Albert is Professor of Medicine and Director of the CeNter for the StUdy of AdveRsiTy and CardiovascUlaR DiseasE [NURTURE], University of California San Francisco. Dr. Taylor is Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine.

Congratulations to Drs. Williams, Albert and Taylor!
Click here to view the AUC's annual meeting program and abstracts.

In Memoriam

Felipe Robinson, MD

Dr. FFelipe Robinson, MDelipe (Phil) Robinson, one of the earliest and longtime members of the ABC, died December 24 at the age of 71. He was a pioneer in the use of the Positron Emission Tomography (P.E.T.) scanner and contributed to more than 25 published medical research papers. Click here to view Dr. Robinson's full obituary.

ABC Founder Dr. Richard Allen Williams says, “I want to express my deep sympathy and sincere condolences on the passing of one of our esteemed members, Dr. Felipe Robinson. He was an astute and outstanding cardiologist who dedicated his efforts and expertise during ABC’s formative years. We are very appreciative of all he did on behalf of ABC."

Dr. Tazewell BanksTazewell Banks, MD

Dr. Tazewell Banks passed away December 14 at the age of 83. He was a life member of the ABC and former chair of ABC's Preventive Cardiology & Nutrition Committee.
ABC Chairman of the Board Dr. Robert Gillespie recalls:  "Taz had a philosophy that was well ahead of the times. He advocated for a complete overhaul of the way we eat. He understood preventive medicine was the best medicine far sooner than the masses." 
Click here for Dr. Tazewell's full obituary.

Professional Development & Funding Opportunities

ABC Research News

ABC’s Clinical Trials Network (CTN)

CTN seeks to match investigators from multiple specialties with appropriate trials they may wish to oversee and provides support in recruiting and retaining African American patients for participation. By supporting investigators and clinical trial participation for new cardiovascular therapies, ABC hopes to facilitate more rapid development of treatments. View more information about ABC’s Clinical Trials Network.


 ABC Fellows, Residents and Medical Students Updates

The Dr. Richard Allen Williams & Genita Evangelista Johnson/Association of Black Cardiologists Scholarship

The AMA Foundation and the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) have partnered to create a scholarship that will promote diversity in medicine, encourage commitment to eliminating health care disparities, and support future cardiologists, while helping to alleviate medical student debt.

With generous support from founding donor Genita Evangelista Johnson, this annual scholarship will provide tuition support in the amount of $5,000 to a first- or second-year African-American medical student with an expressed interest in cardiology.

This scholarship is a category within the Minority Scholars Awards program. Applications for the 2016 Award are now available to medical schools with a deadline of March 4, 2016 at 5PM CST. Each medical school may nominate one student for this scholarship. The student must meet all other eligibility criteria related to the program. Please contact your medical school’s financial aid office or appropriate faculty member for more information.

PRIDE Summer Institute in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology for junior faculty

Applications are being accepted for the all-expense paid Summer Institute in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology at Washington University in St Louis, School of Medicine. The Program is funded by NHLBI. Go here to apply. Deadline: Rolling admissions until all slots are filled with a target deadline of March 1, 2016. 

Deadline nears for Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Submissions

Four outstanding abstracts will be selected for presentation at ABC's Annual Fellows Program at American College of Cardiology's (ACC) Annual Scientific Session, Friday, April 1, 2016, Chicago, IL.
Description: An abstract summarizing any problem that relates to cardiovascular disease whether it is: Clinical, Basic or Population Science.
Eligibility: Any physician/scientist presently in a residency or cardiology fellowship training program and active in the Association of Black Cardiologists.
Deadline: February 19
Abstract must be original scientific research. Abstract must not have been published previously

The ABC will provide up to $1,000 to support travel, lodging and other program-related expenses to attend the ABC program and ACC's Annual Scientific Session. The winner will also receive a $1,000 cash award.

40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Awards

The National Minority Quality Forum is pleased to announce the establishment of The 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Awards, honoring influential young minority leaders making a difference in healthcare. A wide range of health professionals are encouraged to apply: physicians, pharmacists, dentists, anesthesiologists, nurses, policy experts, researchers, and others.

All nominations are to be submitted online here. Nominations will be accepted until February 1, 2016.

Honorees will be awarded at the Congressional Black Caucus Spring Health Braintrust Gala in Washington, DC with special guest CBC Health Braintrust Chair Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

Please direct any questions to 40under40@nmqf.org.

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