In Memoriam: ACC Past President Leonard S. Dreifus, MD, MACC ACC Past President Leonard S. Dreifus, MD, MACC, passed away on March 30 at the age of 92. Dreifus served as president of the ACC from 1978 – 1979. A cardiovascular legend, Dreifus held numerous positions as chief or director of cardiology, and professor of medicine at many institutions throughout his lifetime. His research has been published in over 250 medical journals and books and he has received numerous accolades for his contributions to cardiovascular education and research. He received the Master Teacher Award from the ACC in 1972 and was honored with the Distinguished Fellow title by the College in 1981. “He was of the old guard with Charles Fisch, MD, MACC; Borys Surawicz, MD, MACC; and Sylvan Lee Weinberg, MD, MACC,” says Douglas P. Zipes, MD, MACC, a past president of the ACC. “He was a wise man, a wonderful teacher of arrhythmias, expert electrophysiologist and humble about his many talents.” Dreifus served in the 211th Army Air Force Base Unit during World War II prior to receiving his bachelors from the University of Pennsylvania.He received his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College and went on to do his internship and residency at Philadelphia General Hospital. After completing his cardiology fellowship at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, IL, Dreifus trained at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. Dreifus and his wife, Seline, are also well-known for their philanthropic work. The pair helped found the Orlando Philharmonic’s Genius of Youth program, which allows talented musicians from the Juilliard School to perform as soloists with the philharmonic in Orlando. In addition, they are responsible for the “Man Helping Man” sculpture installed at Heart House in Washington, DC. “As we enter Heart House, we are greeted by the ‘Man Helping Man’ sculpture generously donated by Dr. Dreifus and Seline,” says ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC. “It reminds us not just of the legacy left by Dr. Dreifus, but also our purpose in serving our patients and the public good as clinicians.” “Both Dr. Dreifus and Seline have served as role models for so many of us over the years,” says ACC Immediate Past President Richard A. Chazal, MD, MACC. “Their intelligence, devotion to the College and love for their fellow man (and for each other) will continue to inspire.” Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, was recognized at ACC.17 with the ACC’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his “unwavering dedication to improving cardiovascular medicine worldwide.” Fuster currently serves as director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Physician-in-Chief at Mount Sinai in New York. He is also general director of the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III in Madrid, Spain, and is founder and chair of the Science for Health and Education Foundation.He is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. He has served as president of the American Heart Association and of the World Heart Federation and is the only cardiologist to have received the highest awards for research from the four leading cardiovascular organizations. He was been named Doctor Honoris Causa by 33 universities around the world and has authored more than 900 scientific articles and six books. “This is only a selection of his accomplishments,” notes James S. Forrester, MD, FACC. “It should be known his contributions to cardiovascular medicine have had an enormous impact on the treatment of patients with heart disease and the advancement of the specialty.” The Pulse of ACC In Memoriam: Rolf McMillan Gunnar, MD, MACC Rolf McMillan Gunnar, MD, MACC, a renowned cardiologist, teacher, scientific author, medical leader, veteran and philanthropist passed away on March 18 at the age of 91. Gunnar attended Northwestern University as a member of the V-12 Navy College Training Program.He completed his medical residency at Cook County Hospital after serving as a U.S. Army Captain and Battalion Surgeon in the Second Infantry Division in Korea, during which he was awarded the Bronze Star with V Device for Valor. Following his residency, he went into private practice in Berwyn, IL, with his father until 1959.Later, he did his cardiology fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Among his many accomplishments, Gunnar served as director of Adult Cardiology and the Division of Medicine at Cook County Hospital; he was the first Edmund F. Foley Professor of Medicine and Director of the Section of Cardiology at the University of Illinois; professor of medicine, chief of the section of cardiology and later chair of medicine at Loyola University Medical Center. Nationally, he served as chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians, president of the Association of University Cardiologists and vice president of the ACC. Dr. Gunnar’s research interests included acute myocardial infarction as well as circulatory shock at a time when the discipline of cardiology was relatively new. He and his co-authors published more than 400 scientific papers and abstracts and he co-authored a published book on shock in myocardial infarction. Cacchione to Oversee Ascension Medical Group Joseph Cacchione, MD, FACC, was recently named president of the Ascension Medical Group, a network of 6,500 employed providers across 16 states. Cacchione was most recently chair of operations and strategy for the Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute. Prior to the Cleveland Clinic, he was executive vice president and chief of quality and operations at Saint Vincent Health System in Erie, PA. Cacchione is also a former member of the ACC’s Board of Trustees. ACC Announces Executive Staff Changes Cathy Gates, ACC executive vice president (EVP), succeeded Tom Arend as ACC’s chief operating officer, effective March 13. In her new role, Cathy oversees the finance and information technology divisions, in addition to membership, advocacy, operations, human resources and organizational development. During her more than 20-year tenure at the ACC, Gates has served the College in a variety of roles, including ACC’s “Chief People Officer” and she has worked on a number of significant projects, including spearheading the ACC’s move from its Heart House headquarters in Bethesda, MD, to Washington, DC. Prior to joining ACC, Gates supervised financial and Securities and Exchange Commission reporting for three publicly held real estate investment trusts. She also served as a Certified Public Accountant at Ernst and Young, where her client focus was health care and real estate. Additionally, Brendan Mullen has joined Cathy and Bill Oetgen, MD, FACC, as ACC EVP overseeing communications, business development, marketing, digital and enterprise strategy and international affairs. Prior to this role, Brendan served as ACC vice president of market strategy. Brendan also worked for nearly 10 years as a consultant for the Advisory Board Company and served as vice president of Programs and Strategy at the National Quality Forum. New Editor of ACC’s EchoSAP 8 Smadar Kort, MD, FACC, has been selected as editor of Echo- SAP – the College’s popular self-assessment program on echocardiography. The College is planning to produce a new version of EchoSAP for release in 2018, and in her role as editor, Kort will ensure that users can prepare for the initial or re-certification exam in echocardiography, stay abreast of new advances in the field, teach others and earn Continuing Medical Education credit. Kort is currently clinical professor of medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center in Stony Brook, NY.
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