Cardiology Magazine — Mar-April 2012
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From The President

ACC.12: A Lesson in Dreaming Wildly

At last year’s Convocation, I closed my speech with a challenge from Lawrence of Arabia, saying: “dream wildly with your eyes open and make your dreams come true.” This issue of Cardiology pays tribute to one of this year’s wildest dreams, which under the leadership of Rick Nishimura, MD, FACC, Patrick O’Gara, MD, FACC, and Marat Tuzcu, MD, FACC, is about to come true. Thanks to their dedication, ACC.12 in Chicago will be like no other ACC Annual Scienti¬fic Session in College history. This year’s meeting brings with it the latest and best cardiovascular science from around the globe, while also featuring increased opportunities to not only learn how to apply this science in daily practice, but also get educational credits to meet Maintenance of Certi¬fication and other requirements. In addition, we are honored to have ¬ five cardiovascular legends join us for this meeting to share their knowledge and expertise as part of the new “Legends of Cardiovascular Medicine” series.

If I had to choose one word to describe ACC.12, it would be innovation. Members of the ACC.12 and ACC-i2 with TCT programming committees, working with the always dedicated ACC staff, have developed 16 educational pathways that truly have something for every single member of the cardiovascular care team. They have also taken advantage of new and innovative technologies that will make it easier to showcase live cases, navigate the meeting onsite, and access key sessions of the meeting for those not able to make it to Chicago. I encourage everyone to read this issue cover-to-cover and start planning your meeting itinerary now. (The College’s new ACC.12 Meeting App can help!)

In closing, ACC.12 is only one of the many accomplishments over the last year. During my term as ACC president, I have been privileged to witness so many ACC members and staff take my challenge to dream big to heart. And the results have been amazing. In a unique partnership with our partners at The Society of Thoracic Surgeons we were able to develop the ¬ first registry to track transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures in the U.S.; we played a critical role in a rare United Nations Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases; working with ACC Chapters we have made signi¬cant headway in ensuring appropriate use of imaging and technologies through our Imaging in FOCUS quality initiative and through our SmartCare projects in Florida and Wisconsin; and new research over the past year has shown dramatic declines in door-to-balloon (D2B) times and hospital readmissions that can, in part, be traced back to the commitment of those involved in the College’s Hospital to Home and D2B initiatives. This is only a sample of what has been accomplished. If I wasn’t bound by word count I would certainly go on.

It has truly been an honor to serve the College over the last year. It is my hope that the College will continue to dream big and continue to make its mark on science and education – those pillars which make our profession exhilarating, challenging, rewarding. I also hope that each and every member will continue to make a profound difference in the lives of our most precious stakeholders – our patients and their families.

I am Holmes and I am prouder than ever to be part of such a great ACC family.