Cardiology Magazine — November - December 2012
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From The President
William A. Zoghbi, MD, FACC

I’m Thankful for the ACC and You…

The months of November and December are, for me, always a time of thankfulness and retrospection. I am reminded just how much I value my family, my friends, my colleagues, my patients and my work. With the New Year just around the corner, I find these months timely to take a step back and look at all of the accomplishments over the last year, and start looking forward to what lies ahead.

This year, in particular, has been an amazing whirlwind for me and my family. I became president of the ACC; found myself running the Olympic torch in England in July; had the privilege of launching five new International chapters, including one in my home country of Lebanon; traveled to more countries; states and provinces presenting on the state of cardiology and the importance of the ACC than I can count; communicated our vision and activities through our ACCinTouch Blog, and became the first “tweeting” ACC president… the list goes on. As we head into 2013 we have even more to look forward to, including a new CardioSmart website, completed Lifelong Learning Portfolio and ACC.13 in San Francisco.

This issue of Cardiology is fitting for this season of thankfulness, retrospection and forward-thinking. The cover story, written by President-Elect John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC, provides a closer look at the value of ACC membership and the many tangible and intangible benefits the College provides to all members of the cardiac care team. He is right, when he says our founders would be proud! We also hear personally from three members about why they are thankful to be a part of the College.

Also in this issue, we look ahead to 2013 with feature articles on ACC.13 and the many activities geared towards Fellows in Training, Cardiac Care Associates and international members, as well as upcoming changes to Medicare physician payment as a result of the final 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. We also get a closer look at value-based purchasing – a topic that we will be hearing a lot about in coming years. Other features and commentary look at topics, such as the importance of team-based care; managing a successful CV service line; the new PINNACLE Registry-AF module; and the latest global health policy “win” in combatting non-communicable diseases.

The ACC means so much for so many. This issue of Cardiology provides a glimpse into the many initiatives and activities the College is doing for its members, and ultimately for patients. The ACC is a an amazing community of members and volunteers, and one that I’m privileged and thankful to be a part of.

Happy Holidays

William A. Zoghbi, MD, FACC
ACC President