Cardiology Magazine — January - February 2011
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From The President

Building the Next Generation of Cardiovascular Leaders

L egendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” This issue of Cardiology is focused on the ACC’s hard efforts to shape the cardiovascular leaders of tomorrow. The cover story looks at some of the rapid changes taking place in all aspects of the health care arena and the need for leaders that “can clearly articulate solutions and be effective advocates for ourselves, our profession and most importantly our patients.” In addition, Michael S. Emery, M.D, F.A.C.C., writes about the need for Fellows in Training and early-career cardiologists to take advantage of the ACC and its leaders for “advice, leadership skills, mentoring and support,” while Board of Governors Chair Richard Kovacs, M.D.,F. A.C.C., provides an overview of this year’s Leadership Forum, which focused on building a strong team – Lombardi would have loved it.

Also in this issue, we feature profiles of practices who are truly leaders when it comes to quality improvement. Thomas V. Johnson,M. D., F.A.C.C., writes about ways the College’s Imaging in FOCUS initiative is helping the Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute ensure appropriate use of imaging technology and reduce unnecessary costs. A special interview with Patrick J. Daley, M.D., F.A.C.C., provides an overview of one practice’s experience with the PINNACLE Registry. We also announce the new slate of ACC officers and trustees – each of whom are true leaders in their respective fields.

Finally, this issue provides a high-level overview of the 2010 Advocacy successes and a look ahead at likely issues in 2011. Don’t miss special articles on personalized medicine and the ACC’s leadership efforts internationally. As always, this issue also includes features on the most recent science, including the recent focused update on atrial fibrillation and a study indicating that there’s room for improvement when it comes to implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantations.

In my time as president, I have been honored to work with some of the greatest cardiovascular leaders of our time and hopefully serve as a mentor to those who will come after me. Through programs like the Cardiovascular Leadership Institute and credo, the College is working hard to ensure that future leaders will have the tools and resources to successfully lead the way in shaping the future of cardiology.

Ralph G. Brindis, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C. President