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FDA Market-Approves First AI-Based Echocardiography Software
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted marketing approval to what it calls the first echocardiography software that uses artificial intelligence (AI) "to guide users through cardiac ultrasound image acquisition," the agency announced earlier this month. Notably, the software is designed to allow clinicians "who may not be experts in ultrasonography, such as a registered nurse in a family care clinic or others," to obtain diagnostic-quality echocardiograms.
Nonalcoholic Liver Disease 'An Epidemic of the 21st Century'
The way Christos S. Mantzoros, MD, DSc, PhD, sees it, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is an epidemic of the 21st century that can trigger a cascade of reactions. The underlying problem stems from the rise in obesity prevalence, according to Dr. Mantzoros, who is also chief of endocrinology at the Boston Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.
VERDICT: High Diagnostic Accuracy for Coronary CT in NSTEACS
New data show early coronary CT angiography (CTA) can accurately rule out coronary stenosis in patients presenting with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTEACS), potentially sparing some from subsequent invasive testing and admission.
Women Doctors: We Don't Need to Act Like Men
This female physician says that some women doctors think they'll be taken seriously only if they act like men. The doctor disputes this notion and recommends a different approach.
Items of Interest
Using Value-Based Care to Tackle Maternal Health Disparities
Priority Health, the second largest health plan in the state of Michigan, will financially offset the cost to providers who use the Centering Healthcare Institute’s (CHI) CenteringPregnancy value-based care model in an effort to combat prominent racially-driven maternal care disparities.
Health Affairs' Blog | Discrimination: A Social Determinant Of Health Inequities (Health Policy Briefs series)
As part of a Health Affairs’ ongoing series of Health Policy Briefs that focuses on the social determinants of health (and sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Brigette A. Davis, a PhD candidate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar, examines the unique role that discrimination plays in creating health inequities. A companion post by Aric A. Prather was published as well.
New Heart Failure Devices and Drugs to Treat Heart Failure
There are several new tools being added to the clinical armamentarium in the fight against heart failure (HF). These advances in implantable HF technologies offer new approaches to more effectively treat both heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) or preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).
This Disease Increases Heart Failure Risks For Blacks, Caribbean Communities
Cardiac amyloidosis is the fourth-leading cause of heart failure in the Caribbean and African-American communities, Wolinsky said, with 3 to 4 percent of the cases stemming from people who carry the gene.
Esperion Wins FDA Approval for its Oral, Cholesterol-Lowering Drug
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Michigan-based Esperion’s oral, once-daily, non-statin LDL-Cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering medicine, Nexletol (bempedoic acid). The approval marks the first oral, once-daily, non-statin LDL-C lowering medicine given the green light by the regulatory agency since 2002 for the treatment of adults with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) or established atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) who require additional lowering of LDL-C.
Jazz Pharmaceuticals Submits NDA for Therapy to Treat Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
Jazz Pharmaceuticals announced recently it had redeemed its priority review voucher to submit a New Drug Application to the FDA; the company seeks approval for JZP-258, an investigational medication to treat cataplexy and excessive daytime sleepiness in patients 7 years and older with narcolepsy.
Global Call to Action on Familial Hypercholesterolemia Aims to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment Worldwide
The FH Foundation and the World Heart Federation announced a Global Call to Action on familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), a vastly under-recognized and poorly managed public health concern. Published in JAMA Cardiology and authored by a global panel of scientific experts, advocacy leaders, public health officials, and individuals with FH from 40 countries, the report notes glaring gaps in screening and guideline-based care for FH, the most common cause of early and aggressive heart disease.
Healthy People 2020 Health Disparities Data Widget
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) are pleased to announce the release of a new data search function. The Health Disparities widget is a new way for you to access this health disparities information. The new widget provides an easy way to find health disparities data related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives for the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs).

Featured Articles by Members
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Discovering a Hidden Figure of Service and Leadership: The Reverend Charles Edgar Newsome, MD
Co-authored by Quinn Capers IV M.D. (with Leon McDougle M.D., M.P.H., Leta Hendricks, Simone C. Drake Ph.D. and Eric B. Herschthal Ph.D.)
Collaborative research between the University School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Health Sciences Library and Department of African and African American Studies recently identified Dr. Charles Edgar Newsome as the institution's first African American physician graduate in 1893. Born May 25, 1856 in the town of Buffalo within Putnam County of Northwest Virginia, he served for 3 years and 6 months as a member of the Regimental Band of the United States Army 25th Infantry, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers, became Grand Master of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, and served communities of the state as a reverend, physician, and civic leader. Archival records and photographs uncover the remarkable life of Reverend Charles Edgar Newsome, MD, a hidden figure in history.
Contemporary Trends and Outcomes of Percutaneous and Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement in Patients With Cancer
Co-authored by Daniel Addison (with Avirup Guha, Amit K. Dey, Sameer Arora, Matthew A. Cavender, John P. Vavalle, Joseph F. SabikIII, Ernesto Jimenez, and Hani Jneid)
Patients with cancer and severe aortic stenosis are often ineligible for surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR). Patients with cancer may likely benefit from emerging transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), given its minimally invasive nature. We examined the effect modification of cancer on the relative use rate, outcomes, and dispositions associated with propensity‐matched cohort TAVR versus SAVR.
Multimodality Cardiac Imaging in the Era of Emerging Cancer Therapies
Co-authored by Daniel Addison (with Michael A. Biersmith, Matthew S. Tong, Avirup Guha, and Orlando P. Simonetti)
Recently, the field of oncology has witnessed a surge of new therapeutic agents that have collectively led to improved rates of progression‐free and overall survival for many cancers. However, these advances have also led to increased morbidity attributable to treatment‐related side effects, in particular, cardiac toxicities. Cancer therapeutics may negatively affect the heart in a host of ways, whether it is through direct tissue damage or indirectly by exacerbating cardiovascular risk factors. Approaching this review from the perspective of treatment‐related cardiovascular toxicities, we examine evolving applications of imaging in contemporary cardio‐oncology with specific focus on the more novel and emerging anticancer therapies.
Translational Behavioral Medicine: Diabetes section
A group of papers published Volume 10, Issue 1 of Translational Behavioral Medicine, a journal of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, points to optimism. From China, India, South Africa, Sweden and Uganda, they describe innovative programs for diabetes prevention and management that can reach substantial numbers and help them reduce risks for diabetes or improve its management.


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ABC Joins CDC’s National Hypertension Control Roundtable as a Founding Member

The ABC is joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Hypertension Control Roundtable (NHCR)® along with other founding members in a public, private and non-profit collaboration committed to improving national hypertension control rates from ~50% to 80% and reducing disparities in hypertension control by 2025. Established in 2020, the NHCR is comprised of more than 50 national entities acting in concert to achieve this goal.

The Interim co-chairs of the NHCR are Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP representing the American Heart Association and John Clymer representing the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. The interim co-chairs will be supported by an interim leadership board which includes Modele Ogunniyi, MD, MPH, FACC, FACP, FAHA, on behalf of the Association of Black Cardiologists, along with individuals from eight other founding member organizations.

The ABC looks forward to working with the NHCR’s interim leadership and fellow founding members to spotlight the challenge of hypertension control. The NHCR anticipates sponsoring its first national meeting in the Fall of 2020.


The Top 25 Minority Leaders in Healthcare biennial recognition program honors the top minority healthcare executives who are influencing the policy and care delivery models across the country. In doing so, they are also highlighting the continued need to nurture diversity in their organizations.

2020 HHS African American History Month Observance
The HHS Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity & Inclusion (EEODI) invites you to the 2020 HHS African American History Month Observance, which will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in the Small Auditorium of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building.

In this presentation, U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H. will share the account of his inspirational ascent to the position of U.S. Surgeon General - “Soaring Above Your Challenges.” He will also provide an overview of current health challenges in the African American Community and how HHS is addressing them.

Although we encourage interested participants to attend this event in person, it will also be live-streamed here.


*Venue Change*


2020 Canadian Women's Heart Health Summit

Drs. Sharonne N. Hayes and Jennifer H. Mieres will speak on Friday, April 3, during this Canadian summit - "Women’s Cardiovascular Health Puzzle: Connecting the Pieces to Understand the Whole." Dr. Hayes will give a speech for the Opening Plenary as well as a talk later in the morning about SCAD. Dr. Mieres will give a keynote presentation on advancing health equity in women’s heart health.

April 2-3, 2020
Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel
Ottawa, Canada


2020 Biennial Cardio-Oncology Symposium

Dr. Tochi M. Okwuosa, Course Director, is hosting a symposium, “Cardiac Care for the Cancer Patient and Survivor,” in Chicago in April. This will be the second cardio-onc symposium and will feature Drs. Kim A. Williams, Sr., Clyde W. Yancy and Sherry-Ann Brown as part of the symposium’s faculty members. The CME event, sponsored by Rush University Medical Center, is available for all healthcare providers involved in the care of the cancer patient and survivor - primary care providers, oncologists, cardiologists, advanced practice providers, pharmacists and trainees.

Saturday, April 18, 2020
Convene (meeting and event space)
16 West Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois

Million Hearts announces a NEW Hospitals & Health Systems Recognition Program that will spotlight clinical entities committed to reducing the impact of heart attacks and strokes. Learn how you can apply below.


The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the next Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) from August 3 to 7, 2020. The HDRI is now accepting applications, which must be submitted by March 9, 2020! This is an opportunity to learn from NIH scientific experts in the field and discuss research projects on minority health and health disparities!


NCQA Opens Public Comment for HEDIS®

Now’s your chance to tell us what you think. NCQA’s opened public comment for proposed Health Effectiveness Data Information Set (HEDIS) additions, revisions and reductions for the 2020 round of specifications. Open comment closes March 11. NCQA seeks comments on the following: New HEDIS measures assessing cardiac rehabilitation utilization, kidney health evaluation for diabetic patients and osteoporosis screening for older women; Revisions to thirteen existing measures; Exclusions for palliative care that apply across multiple measures.; Retirement of six measures; and Evaluation of the health plan descriptive domain.


NIMHD Accepting Proposals for Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation

NIMHD is supporting two new funding opportunities, PAR-19-373 (R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) and PAR-19-384 (R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required), to understand the interrelation between social connectedness and social isolation on health disparity populations and health disparities (how the mechanisms, processes, and trajectories of social relationships affect outcomes in health, illness, and more.). This work includes the impact of interpersonal and systemic discrimination and microaggressions on social connectedness and isolation. This research aims to identify unique challenges and intervention targets for health disparity populations. NIMHD encourages investigators to participate in this important public health activity and welcomes inquiries concerning these FOAs. Review the funding opportunities for more information on eligibility and application submissions.

Application Due Date: March 17, 2020.


NIH Seeks Input for NIH-Wide Strategic Plan

NIH issued a Request for Information seeking public input on a framework for the 2021-2025 NIH-wide Strategic Plan. The new plan will build on the previous NIH-wide Strategic Plan to guide NIH’s research efforts over the next five years. The framework articulates NIH’s priorities in the following key areas: Biomedical and Behavioral Science Research, Scientific Research Capacity and Scientific Integrity, Public Accountability, and Social Responsibility in the Conduct of Science. The RFI will remain open through March 25.


Job Opening | Assistant/Associate Professor of Cardiology

The Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at the Morehouse School of Medicine is seeking a BC/BE interventional cardiologist at the assistant or associate professor level.

This position includes practice in facility with state of the art invasive/interventional and noninvasive laboratories, the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and cardiology fellowship training program. Qualified applicants should possess outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills with commitment to teaching and research. Additional skills in echocardiography, nuclear and peripheral imaging is desirable.

Interested applicants should email or send CV to:

Anekwe Onwuanyi, M.D., FACC, FHFSA
Chief, Division of Cardiology
720 Westview Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30310
Phone: (404) 616-8804


Upcoming Events

Register for ABC Events @ ACC 2020


Friday, March 27, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
ABC Fellows Annual Educational Program and
Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition
Hilton Chicago
Waldorf Room (3rd Floor)
720 South Michigan Avenue,Chicago, IL 60605

Saturday, March 28, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
ABC General Membership Dinner Meeting
& Instillation Dinner 2020 | VIEW FLYER
The Art Institute of Chicago
230 South Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60603
Networking & Cocktail Reception (Chicago Gallery) | 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Dinner & Program (CSER Trading Room) | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sunday, March 29, 10:45am – 12:15pm
ABC-ACC Joint Symposium — “Conundrums in Application of
Guideline Directed Therapies in Real-World Scenarios:
Impact on Minority Populations

Chairpersons: Eldrin Lewis, MD and Alanna Morris, MD
McCormick Place
2301 South King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616
View Agenda | Register via ACC.20

Call for ABC Members Presenting at ACC.20
In the spirit of networking and sharing innovation, please let us know if you are chairing and/or moderating a session, serving on a panel, speaking during the conference or presenting a poster or paper. ABC will publicize this information.

Click here to include your event details no later than Friday, March 6.

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