July 2015
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Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc.
Events Calendar

National Medical Association Convention & Scientific Assembly
August 1-5
Detroit, MI

ABC-NMA Joint Symposium
Aug 2

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI

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


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

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:

USC Establishes Lectureship in honor of
L. Julian Haywood, MD


Dr. L. Julian HaywoodThe University of Southern California (USC) has established the Julian Haywood Visiting Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine named in honor of Dr. Julian Haywood, one of the Founding members of the Association of Black Cardiologists.

Dr. Haywood has served Los Angeles County Medical Center and the residents of Los Angeles County for 51 years. He initially came to USC in 1963, was promoted to Professor of Medicine in 1976 and Professor Emeritus of Medicine in 2010. He was one of the first cardiologists in the United States to understand, develop and promote the concept of a Coronary Care Unit. He is the author of over 260 peer reviewed publications, 302 abstracts, 39 editorial and 11 book chapters. The majority of this research has involved medical students, interns, residents and cardiovascular fellows. A central theme of Dr. Haywood’s research has been related to racial disparities in Cardiovascular Medicine.

On June 12, ACC President and ABC Past Chair Kim Allan Williams, MD presented the first Annual Julian Haywood Visiting Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine lecture at USC's Keck School of Medicine.
ABC 6th Annual Awards Dinner - October 3, New York City

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Book your hotel room with ABC today for 
the Walter M. Booker, Sr. Memorial Symposium and
American Heart Association Scientific Sessions!

Book your hotel room
 

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. ABC has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate for your convenience.
 
The deadline to submit housing is July 31
Rooms are $282.62 (249.00 plus 13.5 tax)
Two nights deposit of $565.23 required

 
Events Schedule
Nov 7-11: American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
Nov 7: ABC Dr. Walter M. Booker, Sr. Memorial Symposium
Nov 7: ABC General Membership Meeting/Luncheon

Contact Kimberly Copland at 212-661-2215 or kcopland@abcardio.org if you have any questions.
 

ABC to Partner with The Bio Diverse Cardiovascular Disease Alliance on Heart Failure Quality Improvement Initiative


The Bio Diverse Cardiovascular Disease Alliance is launching a Heart Failure Quality Improvement Initiative to drive greater public awareness and issue a stakeholder call to action to address the drastic underutilization of scientifically proven treatments for African-Americans with Heart Failure (HF). The Bio Diverse Cardiovascular Disease Alliance (the Alliance) is a data-driven collaboration coordinated through the National Minority Quality Forum that focuses on bio diverse patients whose voices tend to be undercounted by policy makers. This Alliance and its inaugural Heart Failure Quality Improvement Initiative were announced recently at the 2015 National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) Leadership Summit on Health Disparities and CBC Health Braintrust in Washington, DC. Find out more here.

 

ABC Spirit of the Heart Events in Richmond, VA


The ABC Spirit of the Heart events on the first weekend of May invited Richmond area residents to learn about and prevent the ravages of heart disease. Spirit of the Heart is a multicomponent, multidimensional event designed to motivate all those involved in the community’s health to join forces to reduce the burden of heart disease which disproportionately affects African-Americans.

The Community Leaders’ Forum kicked off the weekend Friday morning with a breakfast at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The audience of diverse healthcare practitioners (doctors, nurses and care managers), pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, patients, politicians, clergy and business people discussed what is essential to curtail the heart disease epidemic in the Richmond area. Local host Philip Duncan, MD, past chair of the Association of Black Cardiologists and medical director of Heart Care for You in Chester, VA updated the audience on the past and current status of heart disease treatment.

A Community Health Fair was held Saturday at the convention center with activities for all ages including dancing, yoga, Zumba, cooking demonstrations, and free health screenings. The weekend culminated with a Message from the Pulpit at First African Baptist Church on Sunday, May 3, focused on the importance of guarding your heart with healthy living and spiritual principles.

Watch ABC's professional video recap of Spirit of the Heart Richmond events!

ABC Certified Free CME Activities: Emerging Challenges in Primary Care

Emerging Challenges in Primary Care
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, Inc. (ABC).Each activity features a cardiovascular update presented by one or more ABC members.  Check the calendar for a city near you.

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Join ABC on an awe-inspiring post-conference trip!

NILE RIVER CRUISE
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
Congress and ABC Satellite Symposium details coming soon!

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

Member News

 ABC Member Leads Cardiac Research Team that Discovers Heart Cell Mutation

Dr. SmithSakima Smith, MD, MPH recently directed a study that identified a new class of inherited human gene variants that predispose the heart to potentially life-threatening rhythm disorders and early heart failure. Dr. Smith led a team of cardiovascular researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, collaborating with research teams on three continents. Click here to read more about the study.
 
Dr. Smith is an assistant professor in Ohio State’s Division of Cardiology/Department of Internal Medicine and a recent recipient of the Harold Amos Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He was also the first African-American fellow at Ohio State. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine.


Mahfouz El Shahawy, MD Co-Authors Paper Presented at ACC
Dr. Shahawy
Dr. Mahfouz El Shahawy, medical director of the Cardiovascular Health Assessment Center in Sarasota and clinical professor of medicine at the universities of Florida and South Florida, was privileged to be a principal investigator and co-author in a paper presented at the late-breaking clinical trials session on coronary artery disease and lipids at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology in San Diego, California in March. Go here to read "Efficacy and Safety of Alirocumab in Reducing Lipids and Cardiovascular Event."


ABC Member Makes News with Results of Women and Stress Study
Dr. Albert
Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH, is the senior study author of research that was published recently on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes. Traumatic life events such as the death of a loved one or life-threatening illness increased the chances of a heart attack by more than 65 percent among middle-aged and older women regardless of heart disease risk factors or socioeconomic status.  The study was featured on the CBS Morning News and other news outlets. Dr. Albert is the director of the CeNter for the StUdy of AdveRsiTy and CardiovascUlaR DisEase, known as NURTURE Center, at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco.


Dr. Uche SampsonUchechukwu K. A. Sampson, MD  now at National Institutes of Health

Dr. Uche Sampson is the new Chief, Translation Research Branch, Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS), at NIH/NHLBI. The Translation Research Branch supports and fosters research in the late phases of research translation, especially the “T4” phase that leads to generalizable knowledge about heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders in real world settings. Dr. Sampson was formerly with Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
 

John M. Flack, MD, MPH named professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Dr. John Flack
Dr. John M. Flack has been named professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. Among his many honors, Flack has been named a “Top Doctor” from the Who’s Who Global Directory, was named one of Detroit’s “Super Doctors” and was Academic Physician of the Year from Oklahoma University School of Medicine. In 2009 the Detroit News named him Michiganian of the Year. His research interests are in clinical trial design, hypertension in African-Americans, the vascular and hemodynamic determinants of resistant hypertension and the effects of Vitamin D on blood pressure and body composition. Go here for the full story.

ABC Fellows, Residents and Medical Students Updates


Uzodinma C. Emerenini, MD is the ABC-Medtronic Electrophysiology (EP) Fellowship Recipient

Dr. EmereniniDr. Uzodinma Emerenini has been awarded the ABC-Medtronic EP Fellowship for academic year 2015-16. He will pursue EP training at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, IA. Dr. Emerenini obtained his MD at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed his residency at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY. His clinical interests include general internal medicine, and the molecular mechanisms of sodium homeostasis and hypertension with respect to ENaC, the Epithelial Sodium Channel. He received post-doctoral training in basic science research to understand the biology of ion channels and how altered regulation of these channels contribute to cardiac pathology.

"ABC has been invaluable in my career growth thus far. I have been inspired by ABC members who have mentored me in my training as a cardiologist, and I want that relationship to continue as I pursue a career in cardiac electrophysiology," said Dr. Emerenini.


ABC Scholarship Award Announced

Denise KimbroughTwenty recipients of the Minority Scholars Awards were recognized at the recent AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago. These outstanding first- and second-year medical students are committed to alleviating health care disparities in the United States throughout their future careers. Among those honored was Denise Kimbrough, the recipient of the Dr. Richard Allen Williams & Genita Evangelista Johnson / Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) Scholarship.

Inspired by her grandfather’s struggle with cardiovascular disease, Denise wishes to combine quality cardiovascular care with medical research throughout her career. The second-year Medical University of South Carolina student intends to return to Alabama after she graduates to provide quality care and treatment to underserved communities.

African Americans face health disparities, especially when it comes to cardiovascular diseases. The ABC scholarship is intended to support a future African-American cardiologist in order to promote diversity in medicine, encourage commitment to eliminating health care disparities, and support future cardiologists, while helping to alleviate medical student debt.

Go here to find out more about the Dr. Richard Allen Williams & Genita Evangelista Johnson /Association of Black Cardiologists Scholarship.
 
Congratulations to ABC members Abena Osei-Wusu, Uzoma Ibebuogu and Josph Okolo on becoming fellows in The Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI).

Professional Development & Opportunities

Health Disparities and Health Equity News

Medical News

FDA News

Research News

Advocacy News

ABC Statement on Affordable Care Act Supreme Court Ruling
The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) thanks the Supreme Court for preserving much needed tax subsidies available to those in need under the Affordable Care Act.  ABC supports the gains that have been made under the Affordable Care Act, and we remain committed to advancing the goals and principles of the Act.
 
However, we must point out that coverage alone does not equal care.  We know that despite the many policy advances under the Affordable Care Act, some patients still struggle to find access to affordable, high quality health care.  We will continue to work on behalf of patients to build on the advances of this landmark health care law.
 
Click here to view the Opinion of the Court (see page 6 for the ACA Ruling).


HHS Announces $112 million in AHRQ Awards To Help 5,000 Primary Care Professionals Advance Heart Health
HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced awards of $112 million to regional cooperatives to work with about 5,000 primary care professionals in 12 states to improve the heart health of nearly 8 million patients. The grants represent one of the largest research investments to date by AHRQ. Find out more here.
 

Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Initiative
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting applications from health care providers to enroll in the Million Hearts® CVD Risk Reduction initiative. Health care providers who participate in the model will work with Medicare beneficiaries to determine their individual risk for a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years.
 
Chronic Care Management Services
Effective January 1, 2015 Medicare pays separately under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for non-face-to-face care coordination services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions. Care management is recognized as a critical component of primary care that improves patient health and reduces spending. ABC encourages you to read the following CMS information regarding correct coding for this important benefit - MLN Matters® article SE1516.


CMS Announces the Physician Quality Reporting Programs Strategic Vision
CMS has announced publication of the Physician Quality Reporting Programs Strategic Vision (or “Strategic Vision”). The document describes a long-term vision for CMS quality measurement for physicians, professionals, and public reporting programs, and how they can be improved and aligned to support better decision-making from doctors, consumers, and other health care stakeholders.
 

CMS Announces the Release of the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program Experience Report
CMS has issued the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Experience Report. The PQRS/eRx Experience Report is released by CMS annually and provides trends on participation, incentive eligibility, and incentive payments since the beginning of PQRS and the eRx Incentive Program, including measure performance and program participation broken down by specialty and state. Statistics on the 2015 PQRS payment adjustment will be released to the public for the first time through this report. The full report can be found here.

ABC /AHA Staff and Volunteers  Attend 2015 Heart & Stroke Ball,
100th Anniversary of the New York City Heart Association - June 16
 

AHA New York City Heart & Stroke Ball
Pictured left to right: Leslie Solan, Helaine Baruch, Aliyyah Baylor, Sharon Bond,
ABC President Icilma Fergus, MD, ABC Board Member Michael Weamer,
ABC Committee Chair Janice Scobie, MD

Get Inspired. Help Fight Heart Attack and Stroke for Generations to Come


SPIRE StudiesThere are 71 million Americans living with high levels of “bad” cholesterol, also known as low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), which can increase the risk for life-threatening cardiovascular (CV) events, such as heart attacks and strokes.
While statins have helped manage high cholesterol, heart disease remains a leading cause of death worldwide. There are up to 18 million high-risk patients who do not reach their LDL-C treatment goals even with a high-dose statin prescription. It’s clear there is a need for advancements in treatment options.

“With more people dying of cardiovascular disease than all forms of cancer combined, it is imperative that cardiologists and the scientific community commit to finding new LDL-C lowering therapies that could potentially help millions of Americans,” explained Dr. Christie M. Ballantyne, the chief of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research at Baylor College of Medicine and the director of the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at Houston Methodist Hospital. “Heart disease is on a path to become the leading cause of death throughout the world by 2020, and by the year 2030 direct and indirect costs of CV disease could rise to $918 billion. The time to research new and effective treatment options is now.”

To help test new LDL-C lowering therapies, Pfizer and other companies are sponsoring clinical trials in this area. The studies are evaluating investigational drugs and their effects on LDL-C and cardiovascular events like heart attacks and strokes.

For more information on Pfizer’s clinical trial program, please visit www.spirestudies.com.
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