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Items of Interest

To Thrive, Black and Latinx Physicians Need Their Communities
A growing number of studies have suggested that a shared racial/ethnic background between physician and patient improves rapport, enhances shared decision-making, improves patient adherence to treatment, and influences health. To put it simply, Black and Latinx doctors are good for Black and Latinx patients.
Dr. Michelle A. Albert Shares Insight on Overcoming Adversity During Leadership Panel
ABC President Dr. Michelle A. Albert presented in the webinar, “10 Women Cardiology Leaders - How to Overcome Adversity & Thrive,” presented by the ACC Women in Cardiology Section and Women as One, a non-profit co-founded by Dr. Roxana Mehran. The focus was on offering a sense of optimism to women in cardiology (doctors and CVTs) as well as solutions for surviving the pandemic and racial tension.
Arizona Horizon Town Hall On Health Outcomes For People of Color
Dr. Angela M. Allen (PhD), RN clinical research program director at Banner Health, and Dr. Khadijah Breathett, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, discuss the disparities of health care access and outcomes for people of color during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Quinn Capers Gives Listeners Some Good News
Highlighting the good during these challenging times. In our inaugural episode, we feature an interview with Dr. Ajay Kirtane and Dr. Quinn Capers IV discussing implicit bias and its societal impact, and we explore patient disparities in COVID-19.
AMA COVID-19 Daily Video Update: Providing Hypertension Care to Patients During the Pandemic
AMA Chief Experience Officer Todd Unger discusses with experts blood pressure concerns and rising controversy around hypertension treatment due to risks related to COVID-19. The speakers included Brent Egan, MD, vice president, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, AMA, Keith Ferdinand, MD, professor of medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, and Monica Maalouf, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Stritch School of Medicine.
The Author of Blacks in Medicine on Race, Racism, and Health Outcomes
In his recent book Blacks in Medicine, Dr. Richard Allen Williams, the founder of the Association of Black Cardiologists, discusses the health of Black Americans from the point of view of doctors and patients and digs deep into the history that’s led to today’s disparities.

Featured Articles by Members
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Academic Medicine and Black Lives Matter: Time for Deep Listening
By Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MS
Echoes of “medicine as the noble profession” continue to resonate, now 35 years since my legendary Chair of Medicine imbued me with this guiding ethos. Nobility in medicine is not obsolete; the selflessness, courage, self-sacrifice, and altruism on gallant display in the response to COVID-19 reassures that at its core, this ethic of egalitarian service remains intact and deeply established in the DNA of physicians worldwide, including the ranks of academic medicine. But now, a new test of this nobility has emerged.
Test of Diversity — What USMLE Pass/Fail Scoring Means for Medicine
Co-authored by Quinn Capers, IV, MD (with Quentin R. Youmans, MD and Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH)
Chronic heart failure (CHF) is associated with increased sympathetic drive and may increase expression of the cotransmitter neuropeptide Y (NPY) within sympathetic neurons. This study was conducted to determine whether myocardial NPY levels are associated with outcomes in patients with stable CHF.
COVID-19 and the Heart: An Update for Clinicians
Co-authored by Ernest Madu (with Ahmed Goha, Kenechukwu Mezue, Paul Edwards, Felix Nunura and Dainia Baugh)
This review has examined the cardiac complications of COVID‐19 and also sheds a light on peculiar characteristics of the virus and its relationship with cardiac therapies particularly ACEi and ARBs. More research is ongoing on various aspects of this novel coronavirus and clinicians are watching keenly to learn as much as they can in the process.

ABC Member Seeks Your Help With Study

Rachel M Bond, MD, FACC is the System Director, Women's Heart Health, at Dignity Health, Arizona and Principal Investigator of a study that is seeking information from practicing clinicians who are involved in the diagnosis and/or management of females with heart valve disease.

Your assistance will help in a qualitative research project brought to you by the research division of the Women's Heart Health Program of Dignity Health in Arizona. The goal of the project is to better understand the reasons for disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of women with heart valve disease. Any information you provide will be confidential, and your participation is completely voluntary. You may end your participation in the study at any time without penalty.

Please click on this link to answer some questions. It should take 20-25 minutes. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Alex Yaconetti at or 480-728-9971.

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ABC COVID-19 Innovation Awards

In an effort to identify solution-focused mechanisms aimed at mitigating the pandemic’s impact, ABC has established the Association of Black Cardiologists COVID-19 Innovation Awards. Six individual applications will be awarded: 4 awards each totaling $25,000 and 2 awards each totaling $50,000 will be disbursed.

Applications from individual(s) or organizations that satisfy one or more of the indicated criteria are welcome.

Deadline: July 28, 2020


Now Accepting Applications
Dr. Richard Allen Williams Scholarship
for Medical Students

Dr. Williams The Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. (ABC) is pleased to announce the Dr. Richard Allen Williams Scholarship for African American and other minority 1st or 2nd year medical students who show promise in medical research, cardiology and academic medicine. This scholarship honors Richard Allen Williams, MD, FACC, FAHA, founder of the Association of Black Cardiologists and was created to promote diversity in medicine, encourage commitment to eliminating health care disparities and support future cardiologists, while helping to alleviate medical student debt.

$5,000 scholarships will be awarded to recipients in honor of Dr. Richard Allen Williams. Winners will be announced by September 25, 2020.

Awards are based upon the following criteria:
  • Demonstrated ability, interest, and participation in the promotion of health for the African American community
  • Participation in research or other extracurricular activities, demonstrated academic pursuits and clinical acumen
  • Proven leadership during his or her academic pursuits
Applicants should submit the following documents electronically via our online form:
  • A one-page statement of interest
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Recent curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from a professor at current medical school
Questions: Katrese Phelps McCullum at

Deadline to submit: August 28, 2020


The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's PRIDE Summer Institute is now accepting applications! There are nine mentored research training programs offering career advancing opportunities for junior-level faculty and research scientists from diverse backgrounds.
Rolling admission until all positions are filled.
**PRIDE is still recruiting for Summer 2020. We are currently working out how to hold sessions if we are unable to do so onsite due to COVID-19. The programs will carry-on. If you are interested you may still apply.


Job Opening | Non- Invasive Cardiologist | Mount Vernon/Alexandria, VA

The Inova Heart and Vascular Institute is seeking a board-certified/eligible Non-Invasive Cardiologist for our Mount Vernon/Alexandria location. Inova Cardiology comprises an elite team of board-certified cardiologists providing the highest level of comprehensive care to help patients achieve heart and vascular wellness.

Our world-class physicians provide quality and experienced care using the most advanced diagnostic procedures and treatments. Inova Cardiology physicians create customized care plans for each patient’s unique needs to deliver highly personalized care to help patients achieve improved heart and overall health.

The non-invasive cardiologist will support our Mount Vernon and Alexandria Hospital locations.

Inova Alexandria Hospital: Our heart specialists use advanced technologies to provide cardiac patients with services that include evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, education, and rehabilitation. Our diagnostic and treatment capabilities include cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, and cardiovascular magnetic resonance.

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital: Offers an array of interventional radiology and other cardiac services including cardiac stress tests.

Inova is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that serves more than 2 million people each year from throughout the Washington, DC, metro area, and beyond. Inova is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient services and facilities, primary and specialty care practices, and health and wellness initiatives.

  • MD from an accredited university medical school.

  • Board eligible or board-certified in cardiology.

  • Credentialed in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology with skills in interpreting carotid and peripheral vascular non-invasive studies.

  • Current Virginia state medical license and DEA preferred.

  • Ability to achieve full and unrestricted hospital privileges at Mount Vernon and Alexandria Inova hospitals.
This is a full-time position with competitive compensation and benefits, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as defined contribution retirement plans.

Interested applicants should email or send CV to:


ABC’s COVID-19 FAQ Community Watch Available Now

Watch ABC’s video on proper hand-washing etiquette, featuring sisters Laini and Asilia Ferdinand. This video is part of ABC’s COVID-19 FAQ Community Watch resources. Please share with your family, friends and colleagues.

Upcoming Events

Sign up Today for the 2020 ASPC Virtual Summit! The complimentary 2-day summit will cover a wide range of topics on the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease presented by a faculty that will include several ABC members: Ileana Piña, MD, Hannah Valantine, MD, MRCP, Renée Bullock-Palmer, MD, Keith Ferdinand, MD, FASPC. The keynote lecture will be given by Herman Taylor Jr., MD, MPH. The honorary fellow lecture will be given by Nanette Wenger, MD, FASPC. The latest research in prevention will be displayed in the virtual abstract hall and information on the latest products and technology can be found in the corporate partner showcase.




The NMA has continued to monitor the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are alarmed by the disproportional impact this public health crisis is having on the African American community. We are very concerned about the safety and well-being of everyone – our community, our patients, as well as our members and their families. With this in mind, we have determined that the planned in-person Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly scheduled for August 1 – 5, 2020 in Atlanta will now be an all virtual experience and will occur Friday, July 31 – Tuesday, August 4, 2020. This year’s theme: A 2020 Vision: Transcending COVID-19 To A Healthier Black America.


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