ACC Welcomes Newest President: Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, assumed the role of ACC president during the Convocation Ceremony held in conjunction with ACC.17. Walsh is the director of the heart failure and cardiac transplantation programs and director of nuclear cardiology at St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis. In her 25 years of membership in the ACC, she has been active both locally and nationally, serving as president of the Indiana Chapter and serving on and chairing multiple committees. “Volunteering as a member of the ACC has been a very important part of my life. I realized early on that the mission and vision of the College meshed with my own and I really found a ‘home’ at ACC,” Walsh said. “To succeed the many gifted leaders who are past presidents of the College is truly a dream come true for me. I am so inspired by the dedication of so many of our staff and members who contribute their talents to make our organization better. It is truly my honor to take the helm and lead this year.” As president, Walsh plans to focus on equipping ACC members to navigate the changing health care environment as it moves from being volume-driven to value-driven. “Team-based care has been a passion of mine in my own practice and the College will continue to have a focus on this in the next few years to come,” Walsh said. “Working in teams will allow us to better serve the populations of patients whose care we undertake.” She also hopes to engage more members in advocacy efforts. “We need to make our voices heard on Capitol Hill and at our state houses by advocating for patient access, quality care and even public health issues that result in a decrease in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality,” Walsh said. “Being an advocacy leader can be a goal for all of our members and I hope to help foster that leadership.” Walsh earned both her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Minnesota. She completed her internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern and her cardiology fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine. She then served as an assistant professor of medicine in the division of cardiology, as well as an assistant professor of radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Walsh serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cardiac Failure and as an editorial consultant for JACC: Heart Failure. She is a reviewer for multiple other journals and has authored more than 80 articles and book chapters. Previously, Walsh has served as an associate editor of HeartWatch, a publication of the Massachusetts Medical Society. She is actively involved in clinical research in heart failure, nuclear cardiology and systems approaches for quality initiatives in the practice setting. Walsh is the 2014 recipient of the Wenger Award for Medical Leadership and has been elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America annually since 2005. Other ACC officers for 2017-2018 are Vice President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC; Board of Governors Chair Hadley Wilson, MD, FACC; and Treasurer Robert A. Guyton, MD, FACC. Team Up to Transform CV Care and Improve Heart Health ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, discusses the importance of team-based care in today’s increasingly complex health care environment in a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. She discusses the “one patient, one cardiologist” model that was prevalent in her field of advanced heart failure and transplantation when she first began practice 25 years ago. “Today we operate differently,” she writes. “If you look at how the fields of interventional cardiology, structural, and valve surgery have evolved over the years, teams of nurse educators, surgeons, imaging cardiologists, and interventional cardiologists now work together to provide the best therapeutic options for our patients with valvular disease. At the same time, patients are increasingly embraced as pivotal members of the team through activities like shared-decision making, which involves open discussions about the best treatment or pathway.” According to Walsh, working in health care teams is more important than ever, both nationally and internationally. She encourages clinicians to “move beyond the concept of ‘my patient’ to ‘our patient’ once and for all,” even if it’s not always comfortable. She also highlights ACC programs and opportunities for members spanning the breadth of the cardiovascular care team. These members enrich “the work of the College, bringing unique perspectives to our work in quality, education, advocacy, and professional development,” she says. Scan the QR code to read the entire article.
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