ACC Names New Editor-in-Chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging Y. S. Chandrashekhar, MD, DM, FACC, was recently named the new editor-in-chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. He will succeed Jagat Narula, MD, PhD, MACC, beginning with the July 2017 print issue. “JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging has established itself as one of the premier cardiovascular journals in the world,” Chandrashekhar said. “Dr. Narula’s astute leadership has positioned the journal as the ‘go to’ resource in cardiovascular imaging and I look forward to continuing the outstanding work of Dr. Narula and his staff in highlighting the most important research in the field of cardiovascular imaging.” Chandrashekhar is a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota. He has had a long association with the JACC family of journals having been the executive editor of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging and an associate editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. He has been a physician investigator for over 20 years funded by federal agencies as well as other grant agencies. Chandrashekhar directs the cardiovascular imaging laboratory at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN. He was also an author of the 2015 multimodality imaging guidelines in COCATS 4, and has published extensively in leading medical journals. New CathPCI Registry Data Requirements Slated for 2017 Since its launch in 1998, the ACC’s CathPCI Registry has gone through several revisions to improve data collection to adapt to evolving clinical practice and science. The ACC recently announced that its latest version – CathPCI Version 5 – will be released later this year. According to John C. Messenger, MD, FACC, Issam D. Moussa, MD, FACC, and Frederick A. Masoudi, MD, MSPH, FACC, the new version will include updated data elements and clinical definitions necessary to report Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for coronary revascularization and diagnostic catheterization. They note that “it will also better characterize patient selection for PCI and provide the capacity to collect longitudinal outcomes data. Additionally, it will enable better capture of important clinical and procedural factors regarding cardiac arrest and cardiogenic shock to help identify patients at high risk of adverse events to better inform risk models and public reporting efforts, including exclusion of high-risk populations from these efforts. “This longawaited update will be responsive to the evolution of clinical care and practice, supporting CathPCI participants in demonstrating the quality and value of care they deliver,” they say. Moliterno Named New Editor-in-Chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions The ACC has named David J. Moliterno, MD, FACC, as the new editor-in-chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. “Interventional cardiology is an ever-growing and exciting subspecialty in cardiovascular medicine that is essential to treating our sickest patients,” says Moliterno. “I am honored to be the next editor of this terrific journal at a time when so many important advancements are occurring in the field.” Moliterno is the Jack M. Gill chair and professor of the department of internal medicine at the University of Kentucky. He is also a member of the interventional cardiology faculty at the Gill Heart Institute in Lexington, KY. He has been involved with numerous investigational studies in cardiovascular medicine over the last two decades, with his primary research interest being acute coronary syndromes. He currently serves as an associate editor for JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. Moliterno has been an active member of the ACC, including as a member of the Board of Governors, Strategic Education Committee, and the Interventional Section Leadership Council. Moliterno will succeed Spencer B. King III, MD, MACC, who has served as editor-in-chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions since the journal’s launch in 2008. The first issue under Moliterno’s editorship will publish in July 2017. JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions is published 24 times a year and ranks #7 among cardiovascular journals worldwide in terms of impact factor. Learn more at OnlineJACC.org. MOC Update The ACC is one of three medical specialty societies working with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to explore a “Society Maintenance Pathway” option that would serve as an alternative to the 10-year exam. In May, the ABIM announced plans to offer a new Maintenance of Certification (MOC) assessment option beginning in 2018 that would allow physicians who “engage in and perform well” on shorter assessments to test out of the current 10-year exam. Since then, the College and other internal medicine stakeholders have participated in meetings to discuss the possibility of an alternative MOC pathway offered through professional societies. Subsequently, the ACC, the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Clinical Oncology have been asked by ABIM to further develop Society Pathway pilots that, if successful, would be expanded to more internal medicine subspecialty groups. For cardiology, this could mean the ACC would provide clinicians with learning material and modular assessments modeled after the lifelong learning self-assessment program (ACCSAP) and report the names of successful diplomates to ABIM. Those diplomates choosing not to participate or who are unsuccessful in completing the Society Maintenance Pathway would have the option of taking the ABIM’s 10-year exam before any action would be taken by the ABIM regarding their certification status. Details about the pilot program and the specifics of professional society pathways for MOC, including a time frame, have yet to be determined and will be discussed with ABIM over the coming weeks. However, ABIM’s willingness to listen to stakeholders and consider society pathways as a viable option is encouraging. As always, the ACC will continue to advocate for improvements to ABIM’s MOC process to ensure it provides the most value and relevance for those members choosing to participate in the process. Stay tuned to ACC.org/MOC for continued updates, as well as access to all of the College’s MOC activities, which are free to members. A New Name for the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is now called ACC Accreditation Services. SCPC merged with the College in January 2016 in order to provide hospitals and other facilities with improved and streamlined access to accreditation and registry services, as well as quality improvement campaigns and education. The new name is part of ongoing efforts to more clearly align SCPC as an integral part of the ACC. A comprehensive brand equity study conducted over the past eight months had both organizations receiving high marks in terms of value and leadership. SCPC’s expertise, consultation and collaborative nature were cited as top benefits by hospitals and others participating in accreditation programs. The ACC was recognized for its top quality education; leadership in setting quality standards and guidelines; and its ongoing initiatives to improve cardiovascular care and provide professionals with information on the latest scientific advances. The new name is intended to build on these key strengths and move the two organizations forward as a unified source of quality services for hospitals, health systems and others. Learn more about ACC Accreditation Services, NCDR and national quality campaigns, at CVQuality.ACC.org. In Memoriam: Sylvan Lee Weinberg, MD, MACC ACC Past President Sylvan Lee Weinberg, MD, MACC, passed away on Jan. 17. Weinberg was born in Nashville, TN, and received both his bachelor of science and doctor of medicine degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, in 1945 and 1948, respectively. He spent his time as an intern, medical resident and fellow in cardiology at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, IL, and went on to serve as a physician at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, OH, for more than 40 years, ultimately becoming chief of cardiology and founder of the first coronary care unit in Ohio. In addition to serving as a clinical professor of medicine at the Wright State University School of Medicine, Weinberg also directed a fellowship program. He also led a group cardiology practice until his retirement in 1999. “We mourn the passing of Dr. Weinberg. His legacy will live on for future generations of medical professionals around the world,” says David Joffe, MD, FACC, president of The Heart Institute of Dayton. While still in cardiology practice, Weinberg served as president of the ACC from 1993 to 1994, as well as president of the American College of Chest Physicians and the Montgomery County Medical Society. Weinberg was the author of many books and publications, including “The Golden Age of Medical Science and the Dark Age of Healthcare Delivery: Reflections on the Practice and Art of Medicine.” Weinberg served as editor-in-chief of ACCEL for 15 years, and also served on many editorial boards, including that of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. He was the founding editor of the American Heart Hospital Journal, a founding co-editor of Heart & Lung and founding editor of Dayton Medicine. He published widely in the medical literature and made more than 230 invited appearances in North America and on five continents. His last position was as founding editor of the Journal of The Heart Institute of Dayton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dr. Sylvan Weinberg’s name to The Heart Institute of Dayton at Good Samaritan Hospital.
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