Join the ACCPAC State Giving Challenge!

Finish Strong for ACCPAC Challenge

In the last week we didn’t make much of a dent in the ACCPAC Challenge! We’ve fallen behind in the race. Only 3 members have donated to the ACCPAC. We can do better than this. Make your donation today! It’s important!

Jeff Marshall, MD, FACC
Council Governor
GA ACC

 

Dear Colleagues,

The ACCPAC State Giving Challenge starts today and will conclude on Sunday, May 26 at 11:59 pm EDT. I personally invite you to join this exciting event. ACCPAC is the non-partisan political voice of the College, formed by members, for members. Recognition will be awarded to each state for its fundraising efforts during the challenge in the following categories:

  • most dollars raised
  • most contributors
  • highest average dollars contributed
  • highest participation rate
  • best all-around

These states will go down in ACCPAC history and receive special recognition at the ACC’s Legislative Conference and in ACCPAC publications throughout the year. All ACC members, including those who have already given this year, are encouraged to contribute May 3 – May 26.

Contributing is EASY:

    1. Go to the ACCPAC website: https://www.accpacweb.org
    2. Sign in with your ACC.org credentials
    3. Click on the Contribute button
    4. Donate
    5. Encourage colleagues in Georgia to follow your advocacy lead!

Whether this is your first time giving to ACCPAC or you have already contributed this year, please give now in support of this challenge. Your contribution will help Georgia come out on top and AMPLIFY the voice of ACC.

Sincerely,

Pascha E. Schafer, MD, FACC
Advocacy Chair
Georgia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology

 

Call for Nominations for 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Calling now for nominations for the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented at our annual meeting at the Ritz Carlton Lodge at Lake Oconee, November 22-24, 2019.

This award honors an adult or pediatric cardiologist or cardiovascular surgeon that has made significant contributions to medicine through patient care, medical education, research or community service as a member of the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, and whose lifetime of service deserves special recognition.

If you would like to nominate someone, please send your nomination directly to Donald Page, MD, FACC, Chair, Awards Committee, donald.page@wellstar.org. Please explain the basis for your nomination and why you think the person is worthy of this coveted award.

Our committee will then prioritize the nominees and present them to the Chapter’s Council for selection.

The deadline for receipt of nominations for the award is April 5.

GA ACCPAC Challenge Results

Thank you to the 29 members who contributed to the GA ACCPAC Challenge!


Georgia ranked 2nd in number and dollars raised,
and 3rd in % of members participating.

ACCPAC’s State Giving Challenge

TO: Members, Georgia Chapter of the ACC

As you may be aware, there is a national initiative underway to raise awareness and solicit donations for the ACCPAC. Nationally, the ACC is attempting to raise as much as we can between the Kentucky Derby and the Indy 500 road race.

We thought a Georgia “$50 to the 500” campaign could get Georgia way ahead of the national giving average. We already lead the country in dollars, but not in percentage participation. This is a nominal amount of money so we expect to get 100% involvement. To donate, simply click on this link: www.accpacweb.org and follow the instructions. The minimum is $50 but any amount can be donated.

Your PAC is the only voice we have on Capitol Hill and has been tirelessly protecting the rights of your patients, and your practice of medicine.

We look forward to seeing you either at our annual meeting at the Ritz at Lake Oconee November 16-18!

Thank you in advance for your contribution.

Charles Brown, MD, FACC, President


The ACCPAC Race to Indy 500 State Giving Challenge is off to a great start having raised more than $10,000 in the first week. With two weeks remaining in the challenge, there are plenty of opportunities for states to step up to the advocacy plate and win the challenge in any of the categories. Please join your fellow ACC members in supporting GA by participating in the ACCPAC fundraising challenge NOW through Sunday, May 27.

As a reminder, winning states in the following categories will be recognized in future ACCPAC publications and at ACC’s 2018 Legislative Conference: Most Dollars Raised; Most New Contributors; Highest Average Contribution; Highest Participation Rate.

We are providing a daily count until Memorial Day as part of our National competition for ACC PAC contributions.

To date we have 9 out of 1039 Members contributing to the PAC for a total of $1,928.00.

Call for Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented at our annual meeting at the Ritz Carlton Lodge at Lake Oconee, November 16-18, 2018.

This award honors an adult or pediatric cardiologist or cardiovascular surgeon that has made significant contributions to medicine through patient care, medical education, research or community service as a member of the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, and whose lifetime of service deserves special recognition.

If you would like to nominate someone, please send your nomination directly to Donald Page, MD, FACC, Chair, Awards Committee, donald.page@wellstar.org, or by fax to 770.271.0634.

Please explain the basis for your nomination and why you think the person is worthy of this coveted award.

Our committee will then prioritize the nominees and present them to the Chapter’s Council for selection. The deadline for receipt of nominations for the award is April 4.

Don’t forget to save the date for our annual meeting.

2017 Annual Meeting Highlights

The Ritz Carlton at Lake Oconee was filled to capacity for our Chapter’s Annual Meeting, held November 19-21. Over 500 attendees, including 150 cardiologists and 48 exhibitors and sponsors, packed into the beautiful resort on yet another spectacular weekend.

Our program focused on four topics: Coronary Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Valvular Heart Disease and the Athlete’s Heart. Our program was structured with an opening Keynote presentation and then a moderated panel discussion that included audience participation. Evaluations scored very high from our members for this panel format.

After a strong program on Friday we held our Fellows Poster presentations, reception and dinner.

Dr. Shae Anderson, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, 1st place


Thanks to our sponsors for the poster presentations.

 

 

 

 

 

 


ACC President Mary “Minnow” Walsh kicked off the Saturday Program with an update from the national office. Our Program Directors’ panel discussion shared a local view of cardiology. The session on valvular heart disease and the Athlete’s Heart wrapped up Saturday’s program and then an afternoon on the lawn was enjoyed by members and their families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday night we presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Jere Lutz. Congratulations Dr. Lutz! We also had a great speaker, Rorke Denver. He shared his leadership experience as a Navy Seal serving in the middle east. HOOYAH!

To close out the evening we shared dessert and cocktails. Thanks to Boston Scientific and Medtronic for supporting our Saturday evening.

We appreciate our corporate colleagues who supported our meeting:

Abbott Vascular
Abiomed
Acist Medical
Actelion Pharmaceuticals
Aegerion Pharmaceuticals
Ambry Genetics
Amgen Cardiovascular
Astellas Pharmaceuticals
Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals
AtriCure, Inc.
BioTel
Biotronik
Boehringer Ingelheim
Boston Scientific
Bristol Myers Squibb
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta/
Sibley Heart Center
Cleveland Heartlab
Cryolife
Edwards Lifesciences
Emory Healthcare
Gilead
Grady Hospital
Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Lifewatch
Lilanova
LundBeck
MAG Mutual
Medicus IT
Medtronic
NE Georgia Heart Center
Northside Hospital
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Osprey Medical
Pfizer Pharmaceutical
Philips Healthcare
Piedmont Heart Institute
Piedmont Healthcare
Portola
Regeneron
Sanofi
Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
Spectranetics
St. Jude’s
Vascular Solutions
Wellstar Cardiac Network
Zoll Cardiac Management
Zywie

For more great photos from our meeting, click here.

Meet Your Leadership Team

The following will serve our Chapter beginning January 1, 2018 (those in bold were elected this year):

 

President:  Charles Brown, MD FACC
Governor-Elect:   Jeff Marshall, MD, FACC
Secretary-Treasurer:  Arthur Reitman, MD, FACC
Councilors:
  • Marcus Brown, MD, FACC
  • Robert Campbell, MD, FACC
  • Cyrus Samai, MD, FACC
  • Gina Lundberg, MD, FACC
  • Joseph Miller, MD, FACC
  • Jennifer Yeh, MD, FACC
  • Mark Watkins, MD, FACC
  • Joseph Poku, MD, FACC
  • Prad Tummala, MD, FACC
  • Charles Jackson, MD, FACC
  • Barry Mangel, MD, FACC
  • Gordon Borgat, MD, FACC
  • Pascha Schafer, MD, FACC
  • Matthew Crim, MD
  • Tanveer Rab, MD, FACC
  • Vincent Robinson, MD, FACC
  • Andrew Kobylivker, MD, FACC
  • William Crosland, MD (FIT)
  • Abdullah Omar, MD (FIT)
  • Emily Taylor, ANP-BC (CVT Member)

 

Dr. Bo Walpole Elected ACC Treasurer

Gainesville cardiologist Dr. Howard (Bo) Walpole was elected to serve as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees from 2018-21. Bo follows Atlanta surgeon Dr. Robert Guyton who will be finishing his three year term this year.

Interestingly, Gainesville native Dr. Michael Valentine, who now practices in Virginia, will serve as ACC President in 2018-19.

Thanks to Dr. Guyton for his service and congratulations to Dr. Walpole on his election. Our Chapter is well-represented at the National level.

Call for Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award

We are now calling for nominations for the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
to be presented at our annual meeting at the Ritz Carlton Lodge at Lake Oconee, November 17-19 2017.

This award honors an adult or pediatric cardiologist or cardiovascular surgeon that has made significant contributions to medicine through patient care, medical education,
research or community service as a member of the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, and whose lifetime of service deserves special recognition.

If you would like to nominate someone, please send your nomination directly to Robert Vincent, MD, FACC, Chair, Awards Committee, vincentr@kidsheart.com, or by fax to 770.271.0634. Please explain the basis for your nomination and why you think the person is worthy of this coveted award.

Our committee will then prioritize the nominees and present them to the Chapter’s Council for selection.

The deadline for receipt of nominations for the award is April 3.

GAACC Members Attend ACC Cardiovascular Summit & Leadership Forum

2017 Leadership Forum

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