JACC Leadership Page: Cardiovascular Health System Leadership

In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Edward T.A. Fry, MD, FACC, ACC chair and incoming trustee and Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, ACC president, discuss leadership in cardiovascular health care. They write that during this time of unprecedented, accelerating change, today’s leaders must be “change managers” and visionaries while also possessing analytic expertise and emotional intelligence. Fry and Walsh discuss the rise of the dyad model of leadership—a partnership between a clinical and an administrative leader. Each partner brings a unique set of skills and background that complements the other. With the growing frequency of health care mergers, the future of the cardiovascular field depends on strong leadership. “[C]ardiac specialists must step up and lead care transformation to meet the goals of better outcomes, greater access, higher value, and optimal professional engagement,” Fry and Walsh write. “As members of the cardiac care team, we have the experience, skills, opportunities, resources, passion, and moral authority to do so successfully.” Read more.