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.” Military Leadership Model for Health Care? In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, A. Allen Seals, MD, FACC, immediate- past chair of the ACC’s Board of Governors and Mark Hertling, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, describe how hospitals can use a military training model to improve leadership and competency in physicians. “In the U.S. military – like in medicine – life or death scenarios are often presented,” they write. “Similarly, in the military as it is in medicine, it is a requirement of leaders to bring a group of differentially skilled individuals together as a high-performing team to succeed in a mission.” Seals and Hertling focus on the characteristics of an effective leader, noting that “effective leaders must first understand themselves and understand those around them.” Next, they suggest that effective leaders need to master being both a strong team builder and a strong team player. “The military uses 7 characteristics to define effective teams: trust, standards, accountability, confidence, teamwork, challenge, and rewards,” they write. “In a similar manner, a physician leader must understand how these characteristics contribute to high-performing teams, and then embrace the responsibilities inherent in each of these areas.” Outside of leadership characteristics, Seals and Hertling also note the importance of organizational competencies. “As the ACC continues its charge to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health, a strong foundation of leaders is critical to help the College accomplish its mission and to provide value to its members as they grow and become more effective, empowered leaders,” they write. Call For Nominations: ACC Vice President and Trustees The ACC’s Nominating Committee is seeking recommendations for the positions of ACC vice president and Board of Trustees members. All recommendations must be received by July 3. Each Trustee will serve up to a three-year term. The vice president serves a one-year term, and is thereafter eligible to assume the position of the president. To serve as vice president, an individual must have first served at least one term on the Board of Trustees. Scan the QR code to learn more about the nomination process and submit your recommendations. In Memoriam: Alan T. Hirsch, MD, FACC Alan T. Hirsch, MD, FACC, a leading pioneer in the field of vascular medicine passed away last month at the age of 62. Hirsch was responsible for critical contributions to improving the understanding of vascular biology and to the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for vascular disease. Hirsch graduated from Harvard University in 1976 and earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed fellowships at Beth Israel Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. At the University of Minnesota, he was a professor of medicine and director of the Vascular Medicine Program at the Lillehei Heart Institute. “Dr. Hirsch was a highly-regarded and accomplished clinician investigator focused on improving outcomes for patients suffering from a variety of vascular diseases,” write Gregory Piazza, MD, MS, FACC, chair of the ACC Peripheral Vascular Disease Section, and Herbert D. Aronow, MD, MPH, FACC, immediate past chair of the PVD Section, in an ACC.org piece. “Perhaps best known for his tireless passion and determination, Dr. Hirsch was a master clinician to his patients, committed advocate to the vascular medicine community, and beloved mentor to countless junior colleagues, trainees, and students. … As we remember Dr. Hirsch and carry on his legacy, we will continue to be inspired by the example that he set for us all as clinicians, investigators, advocates, and educators.”
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