October 2015
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Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc.
Events Calendar

Cardiometabolic Health Congress 
ABC members: use "ABC" for $100 discount code
Oct 21-24
Boston, MA

Walter M. Booker, Sr. Memorial Symposium
Nov 7
Rosen Centre Hotel
Orlando, FL

American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
Nov 7-11
Orlando, FL

ACC New York Cardiovascular Symposium
Dec 11-13
New York, NY

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

43rd International Congress of the Egyptian Society of Cardiology
Feb 22-25, 2016
Cairo, Egypt

Feb. 20-23
Washington, DC

Feb. 22, 2016
Washington, DC


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:


Walter M. Booker, Sr. Memorial Symposium at
AHA Scientific Sessions
November  7  --  Orlando, FL

Free Symposium
New Concepts in Cardiovascular Care:
Research, Translation and Innovation

The Inaugural Dr. Elijah B. Saunders Memorial Lecture
Special Session on Increasing Diversity in Clinical Trials
The Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida is the host hotel for the ABC Walter M. Booker, Sr. Memorial Symposium, ABC Membership Meeting, and AHA Scientific Sessions.
Rosen Centre HotelABC has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate for your convenience.
The deadline to submit housing has been extended to October 15. Rooms are $282.62 (249.00 plus 13.5 tax); Two nights deposit of $565.23 required.

ABC Announcements

"Spirit of the Heart - A Community Call to Action"  Video Premiers at Awards Dinner

A new promotional video about the mission and values of the ABC premiered at the 6th Annual Awards Dinner in New York City on October 3. The video highlights physician testimonials about the ABC mission to achieve health equity and the importance of its educational programs and special initiatives. Also featured are patient stories about their journey with heart disease.  Go here to view the video and please share it widely on Social Media!

ABC video

ABC Policy PulseABC to Publish New eNewsletter: "ABC Policy Pulse"

Beginning with this issue, the ABC eNewsletter will be split into two editions per month. This edition now includes ABC announcements, event calendar, member news, and ABC events. The inaugural issue of ABC Policy Pulse will launch in October and will include news updates about health care, health equity, research, and the practice of cardiology. Each issue will be shorter and more focused, making it faster and easier to read. You may modify your subscription preferences at any time using the link at the bottom of this email. Let us know what you think!

ABCs’ Project HOPE (Health Outreach Prevention and Empowerment): A Positive Contribution to the New Orleans Rebirth

Dr FerdinandBy Keith Ferdinand, MD, FACC, FAHA

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Louisiana-Mississippi coast, bringing 145-mile-per-hour winds, subsequent breaching of the New Orleans levees and flooding of 80% of the City. The extent of death (1,800+) and destruction was unprecedented in the history of the United States. In addition to direct storm-related mortality, injuries and illnesses, another victim was loss of the Crescent City’s medical infrastructure, Very little of the primary or specialty care in the inner city survived .The Kaiser Family Foundation noted that in Orleans Parish, in the two years post-Katrina, one in four adults reported being uninsured, 70% of the uninsured were black, and at least 40% had a diagnosed chronic disease.

Into the breach, in the fall of 2005, stepped ABC's Project Hope, one of the earliest volunteer efforts to support re-establishing heath care delivery, bring aid and awareness to Hurricane Katrina victims and aide those who were struggling to rebuild their lives. A shining moment in ABC history, Project HOPE was instrumental in being able to address critical needs by providing medicines, glucometers, blood pressure cuffs and, importantly, making physicians available on a daily basis to assist these patients ... Read the full story here.


ABC hosted a full house at the ABC/NMA Joint Symposium held in August during the NMA Annual Convention in Detroit, MI. The CME presentation, titled "Peripheral Arterial Disease and Heart Failure: Are We Making Progress?," was moderated by ABC's President Dr. Icilma Fergus and ABC's Board Chair Dr. Robert Gillespie. Presenters were Dr. Dennis McNamara, director of the Center for Heart Failure Research at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Dr. Lee Kirksey, director of the Wound Care and Limb Salvage Program at the Cleveland Clinic. Program co-chair Dr. Ayotunde Dokun awarded Charles U. Gbadouwey, MD, FACP  the Inaugural Elijah B. Saunders, MD, NMA Internal Medicine Physician of the Year Award.

ABC at 2015 Congress of European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

 ESC 1

Kim Allan Williams, Sr., MD, president of the American College of Cardiology with Icilma Fergus, MD, president of ABC, and Mahfouz El Shahawy, MD, ABC Board Member at the ESC Congress held in London, England at the end of August..


Dr. Icilma Fergus visits with Dr. Ashraf Badawi, coordinator of CardioEgypt at the Egyptian Society of Cardiology's booth at the ESC Congress.   


Member News

They Did It!
Great News! On August 29, ABC's immediate past Chairman of the Board Dr. Phillip Duncan and past President Dr. Marcus Williams, (with his daughter Lauren Williams), successfully arrived at Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It was an 8-day trek up and down Africa's tallest mountain - photos, videos and tales of their adventure can be viewed here.

Even more exciting, their fundraiser has currently raised more than $9,800. They hope to reach their $10,000 goal soon. Funds are used exclusively to support health education focusing on cardiovascular diseases and heart failure. There’s still a chance to donate! Please click on this link to contribute and learn more about their cause, and please spread the word.

ABC Member Granted Tenure at NYU

Dr. Jean LouisGirardin Jean-Louis, Ph.D. is now a tenured Professor of Population Health and Psychiatry at the NYU Langone Medical Center in the Division of Health and Behavior and Director of the NHLBI-funded PRIDE Institute on Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Research.  He serves on the NHLBI’s Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board, the Cardiovascular and Sleep Epidemiology (CASE) study section, and the NHLBI Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group (ZHL1 CSR-X).

Dr. Jean-Louis has been involved in several important NIH-funded studies, which have led to over 225 publications, primarily in sleep and cardio-metabolic diseases, circadian rhythm, and health equity. His research findings have appeared in 125 scientific conference proceedings and book chapters, and 110 peer-reviewed scientific journals. The overarching goal of his research is to address patient-level, provider-level, and system-level barriers hindering adoption of healthful practices. Dr. Jean-Louis’ research addresses sociocultural and environmental determinants of health behavior preventing access to adequate care in disparity communities, which are disproportionately burdened by adverse cardiovascular outcomes.  His research and educational programs link community health promotion to the healthcare system, thus achieving objectives of the national mandate to increase health parity in vulnerable communities.

In Memoriam: David Bush, MD
Dr. David BushThe Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) is sad to inform you of the death of longtime ABC member Dr. David Bush on September 3, 2015.  Dr. Bush was the first African American faculty member in Cardiology at Johns Hopkins where he served for more than 30 years.  He was an internationally recognized educator, cardiac computed tomography (CT) expert and skilled angiographer. He also served the ABC in many capacities, including as member of the Board of Directors (1999-2001); Fellowship Committee Member; ABC Representative to National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; and Chair, Information Technology Committee. He received the ABC Member of the Year Award in 1999.

Click here to read the announcement from the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine.

ABC Fellows, Residents and Medical Students Updates

Dr. AkinyemiIn Memoriam: Matilda Yetunde Akinyemi-Oloba  1980 - 2015

The ABC is sad to inform you of the recent passing of 2014 ABC Fellow Matilda Yetunde Akinyemi-Oloba, MD, MS at age 35. She was employed by UHS Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City, New York. Matilda completed an internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where she also completed a residency in internal medicine and was honored as best resident of her year.  She completed her cardiovascular diseases/cardiology fellowship at the prestigious University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The fellowship included using advanced procedures and techniques covering the full spectrum of clinical cardiology.

Professional Development & Opportunities

  • Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged (PRIDE)
    The PRIDE program is a research career advancing training opportunity funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Seven unique PRIDE Institutes were recently funded across the United States. These mentored research programs address the difficulties experienced by junior investigators in establishing independent research programs and climbing the academic ranks. The primary mission of PRIDE is to encourage scientists and research-oriented faculty from diverse backgrounds to further develop their research skills and gain experience in advanced methods and experimental approaches in basic and applied sciences relevant to heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders. Georgia Regents University will host the next PRIDE program: Functional and Translational Genomics of Blood Disorders, July 11-26, 2016. Click here for more information.
  • The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Funding Opportunities 
  • Emerging Challenges in Primary Care is a free, full day, live accredited CME activity produced by the National Association for Continuing Education (NACE) in collaboration with the Association of Black Cardiologists. Each activity features a cardiovascular update presented by one or more ABC members.  Check the calendar for a city near you.


Nile River CruiseFebruary 25 - March 3, 2016
A spectacular 7-day adventure from Aswan to Luxor

Total cost in USD per person with minimum 18 guests is $3,990

View the proposed itinerary here

This trip is in conjunction with the 43rd Annual International Congress of the Egyptian Society of Cardiology, February 22-25, 2016, Cairo, Egypt

For cruise information, contact Malaka Hilton at malaka@admiraltravel.com, Admiral Travel International, Inc. 888-722-3401

Any corrections and/or updates may be directed to: Member Services.

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