Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC 2016-02-15 23:53:15
Leaving a Legacy as “The President Who Wanted to be Number Two” Over the past year, I’ve seen many changes in the field of cardiovascular disease. It’s an exciting time which can be equally opportunistic and challenging. Most recently, the College underwent a major transformation in governance structure, which was approved by ACC’s Board of Trustees in January. In this issue of Cardiology, you’ll hear more about these changes and what this means for governance moving forward. As I’ve said before, the implementation of this new model will be challenging, but it will be rolled out carefully and meticulously, aiming to avoid any disruption in College functions, innovations or impact. This issue also previews ACC.16 in Chicago, IL, and I’m excited to welcome everyone to my hometown and for what is in store for attendees. Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, chair of ACC.16, and Jeffrey Kuvin, MD, FACC, co-chair of ACC.16, have done a tremendous job along with the Program Committee to make this truly the best meeting yet. You’ll also learn more about Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, who I will have the privilege of passing the presidential chain to during the Convocation ceremony at ACC.16. The College’s Lifelong Learning Competencies for general cardiologists is also featured, and you’ll learn more about what’s next for purposeful education. On the Advocacy front, the College has put together a number of resources to help navigate the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization ACT of 2015 (MACRA) legislation. In this issue, you’ll learn more about what MACRA does and what resources are available to help piece together the MACRA puzzle. In other news, the College recently acquired the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), a merger that will provide a comprehensive quality improvement solution for hospitals and other facilities. We are excited to work together to share the goal of transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health. Finally, in my “year in review,” you’ll read about the College’s strengths over the past year, the challenges moving forward and my advice for future leaders. I explain that I want to be remembered as “the president who wanted to be number two.” Now more than ever we are well positioned to make a real difference and move heart disease to the number two cause of death. I am confident that this work will continue after my presidency has ended, and am honored to have served as your President during this exciting time! Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC ACC President
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