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RECAP: ABC AT ACC.19

Ike Chinyere, MD,PhD, student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson [a 2018 Dr. Richard Allen Williams Scholarship Winner] presents his poster, “Cardiac Grafts Engineered from Human iPSC-Ventricular Pure Heterogeneous Cardiomyocytes Display Synchronous Contraction and Reduce Ventricular Tachycardia in Rats with Chronic Heart Failure,” at the 2019 ABC Annual Fellows Dinner and Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition.

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ABC Fellows Annual Educational Program and Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition
On Friday March 15th, the ABC Fellows came prepared for fellowship, scholarship, and business at the annual Fellows Dinner Program in New Orleans, LA. The evening kicked off with an informative talk on sudden cardiac death and wearable devices, supported by Zoll. In response to trainee requests for opportunities to enhance financial literacy, the Boyd Britton Group of Merrill Lynch joined our dinner program for a financial tutorial, debunking the top debt containment and financial literacy questions submitted by our trainees. Opportunities to attend the dinner program were made possible through the generous support of several travel awards that helped to offset cost of attending the dinner and ABC joint symposium that weekend. We applaud all of the medical students, residents, and fellows who broke bread together as future colleagues and committed to getting involved with ABC teams and committees!

Four outstanding fellow finalists presented their scholarly work during the oral presentation of the Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition and fielded the poignant questions and helpful guidance of our ABC faculty in attendance. First place was awarded to Dr. Alexis K. Okoh of RWJ Barnabas Health Centers in New Jersey. Exemplary presentations were also provided by Dr. Mary Branch of Wake Forest Baptist Health Hospital, Dr. Olajide Buhari of Jacobi Medical Center, and Dr. Ashraf Abugroun of Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. In addition, several scientific poster presenters were featured throughout the evening. The Dr. Jay Brown Abstract Competition has been a longstanding tradition of the ABC, demonstrating our yearly commitment to support and encourage the achievements and diverse body of work of our ABC fellow trainees.

The Fellows Committee Chairs, Dr. Kevin Kwaku and Dr. David Gbadebo and Dr. Sabra Lewsey, Fellows’ Board Representative, send the entire ABC membership and supporters sincere thanks for their parcipitation in our annual program and our ongoing fellows initiatives. The future looks bright!

Winner of the Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition
Alexis Okoh, MD was the winner of the 2019 Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition, held during the Annual Fellows Dinner in New Orleans. The title of his presentation was “Racial Disparities and Outcomes After Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation as Bridge to Heart Transplantation.”

Dr. Okoh is a Physician Scientist at the Cardiovascular Research Unit of the RWJ Barnabas Health Centers in Newark, New Jersey. He served as a research trainee at the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and went ahead to complete a research fellowship at the Endocrine and Metabolism Institute of the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland Ohio. He has over five years of experience in the field of cardiovascular research and has contributed immensely to the area during this short time, authoring and co-authoring more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and textbook chapters.

His main research interests are clinical outcomes in valvular heart disease and heart failure. His other areas of interest include the utilization of clinical quality improvement tools to better understand healthcare systems, recognize opportunities for improvement, and identify the best practices for achieving these improvements in healthcare outcomes. Congratulations Dr. Okoh!

Finalists in the Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition include, (L to R):
Ashraf Abugroun, MD, Olajide Buhari, MD, MD, Sabra Lewsey, MD, MPH, ABC Fellows Representative to the Board of Directors, Kevin F. Kwaku, MD, PHD, Co-Chair, ABC Fellows Committee, Mary Branch, MD, and Alexis Okoh, MD.

ABC General Membership Dinner Meeting at
Arnaud’s Restaurant, New Orleans, LA

Update: ABC Annual Membership Meeting
The ABC General Membership Dinner Meeting was held on Saturday, March 16th at Arnaud’s Restaurant in New Orleans, LA. The program opened with welcoming comments from our Board Chair, Cheryl Pegus, MD, MPH. Updates were then given to our membership, sponsors and friends on Research (by Eldrin Lewis, MD, MPH, Research Committee Chair), on business development (by Inside Edge Consulting Group) and on the Fellows-In-Training Committee (by Sabra Lewsey, MD, MPH Fellows Representative to the Board of Directors). Keith Ferdinand, MD, delivered a presentation on “Sharing Our Progress: Access to Care and Treatment for Cardiovascular Disease” to update attendees on the ABC Access Initiative. And, Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH took the stage to discuss the importance of access and introduce a new Shaquille O’Neal campaign, “Shaquille Gets Real About Heart Failure.” ABC President John M. Fontaine, MD, MBA, closed with a President’s Report and special announcement that Boston Scientific would become a founding sponsor of ABC’s Value Based Care Collaborative.

Mr. Scott Johnson, a member of the
Stakeholder Advisory Board for the
Eugene Washington Award.
Ms. Angela Burroughs, MSPH, Project Manager for the Association of
Black Cardiologists.
ABC, PCORI and University of Maryland Host Patient-Centered Workshop for ACC.19
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Training for ABC Practitioners Workshop was held on March 17, 2019 at 7:00 am during the ACC meeting, as a collaboration with the Association of Black Cardiologists, the University of Maryland, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Over 30 attendees were present as the workshop was opened by Mr. Scott Johnson (pictured above), a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Board for the Eugene Washington Award. Mr. Johnson shared his heart health story, his role on the Stakeholder Advisory Board, and the importance of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) from the patient’s perspective. Dr. Eldrin Lewis, Chair of the ABC’s Research committee, discussed the differences between patient-centered care and PCOR, and shared information about the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and our specific Eugene Washington Award. Dr. C. Daniel Mullins, a Professor from University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and an ABC member, described what differentiates randomized controlled-trials from comparative effectiveness research (CER), and how patient engagement at every step transforms CER to PCOR. The workshop continued with Dr. Catherine Cooke, an Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, describing her experiences as a clinician-researcher on how to conduct PCOR within the cardiovascular arena, and Ms. Angela Burroughs (pictured above) led an interactive session on potential research questions for cardiovascular PCOR.

ABC/ACC Joint Educational Symposium,Sunday, March 17: “New Paradigms in Contemporary Cardiovascular Care: Application of Guideline-Directed Therapies – Implications for Minority Populations and Resolution of Disparities”
Co-chaired by ABC President John Fontaine, MD
and Henry E. Okafor, MD
Karol E. Watson, MD, PhD, symposium faculty member, gives a presentation on “PCSK-9 Inhibitors, Appropriate Use and Benefits Application in Minority Populations.” Additional symposium faculty members (L to R): Dawood Darbar MD, PhD, Kenneth A. Jamerson, MD, John Fontaine, MD, MBA, Kevin L. Thomas, MD, Eldrin F. Lewis MD, MPH, and Henry E. Okafor, MD.

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ACC 68th Annual Convocation - Reception | March 18, 2019
Congratulating a New President: New ACC President Dr. Richard Kovacs with Genita Evangelista Johnson and Dr. Richard Allen Willians, ABC Founder and recipient of the inaurugal ACC 2019 Distinguished Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion. Presidential Greeting: ABC President Dr. John Fontaine congratulates newly-installed ACC President Dr. Richard Kovacs.

ACC.19 Video Interviews: ABC Members

Dr. Clyde Yancy on What Fellows Should Focus on at ACC 2019
Dr. Nidhi Madan, FIT Roving Reporter from Rush University in Chicago, interviews Dr. Yancy, Northwestern University, about the top things fellows should focus on at ACC 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
 
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Barriers Faced By Women in Cardiology | ACC.19
Sharonne N. Hayes, MD, FACC, discusses the barriers women face while entering the field of cardiology and advancing into leadership roles. She also provides advice for women seeking support and mentorship.
 
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Dr. Robert Roswell on Improving Health Equity | ACC.19
Robert Roswell, MD, FACC, discusses some ways that would improve everyone's access to healthcare.
 
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How Ethnicity Impacts CardioMetabolic Risk | ACC.19
Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD, gives an overview of her ACC.19 session on health disparities among African-American women.
 
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Dr. Roxana Mehran on Women In Cardiology at ACC '19
Dr. Roxana Mehran (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY) speaks with Dr. Abeer Berry (Ascension Providence Hospital, Southfield, MI) about Women in Cardiology, WIC opportunities at ACC '19 and the launch of "Women As One."
 
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Prevention Has Dr. Ferdinand Most Excited at ACC.19
Dr. Setri Fugar, Cardiology Fellow and FITs Roving Reporter from Rush University, and Dr. Keith Ferdinand, Cardiologist at Tulane University, discuss Preventive Cardiology at the American College of Cardiology 2019 Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, Louisiana.
 
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MEMBER NEWS

Daphne Ferdinand, RN, PhD was among the women in medicine honored at the 2019 New Orleans Go Red for Women Luncheon.

Dr. Annette Ansong Honored with a Woman in White Coat Hero Award
Annette Ansong, MD, was selected as one of the 2019 Top 20 Women in White Coats Heroes. Each physician was nominated for her strong clinical work, service, mentorship, research, relief work, innovation and the impact she is having on her patients, the community and the world. All twenty heroes were honored at the Women in White Coats Heroes Award Ceremony & Dinner at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton, GA.

Dr. Mona N. Fouad Speaks at Community Engagement Symposium
As the keynote speaker for the 2019 Community Engagement and Research Symposium at the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH, gave a lecture on “Building Capacity in Health Disparities Research,” offering historical context as well as an overview of the three community-based government funded cancer projects for which she was the lead author: the NCI’s Community-Based Intervention Strategy (CRIS), the NIMHD’s Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials (EMPaCT) and the CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) 2010 and REACH for Better Health.

Dr. Dave Montgomery's PreventClinic Co-Hosts a Mindfulness Workshop
Dave Montgomery, MD, PhD, and staff from PreventClinic in collaboration with the Mindfulness Working Group held its first workshop, “Health is a State of Mind,” on the many benefits of mindfulness at the Atlanta Center for Wellness with a standing room only crowd. Dr. Natalie Watson-Singleton and Dr. Neha Khorana were among the leading experts who spoke at the event.

Dr. Gary Gibbons Takes Centerstage at the Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium
Gary Gibbons, MD, was the keynote speaker at the 7th Annual Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium (U-CARS) in Salt Lake City, UT, where he spoke about “Advancing Discovery Science for Public Health Impact” to an audience of more than 500 attendees. Dr. Gibbons also appeared on The Scope podcast as a guest expert and outlined the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's (NHLBI) strategic vision for improving the health of Americans in a conversation with Dr. Stavros Drakos, a cardiologist and professor of Internal Medicine at University of Utah Health. Audio and an online interview transcript can be accessed below.
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Dr. Khadijah Breathett Recognized as a "40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health"
Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, was selected by the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) as one of “40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health.” The NMQF chose the 2019 group from hundreds of applications of health-care professionals from throughout the United States, noting that these 40 represent the next generation of thought leaders in reducing health disparities. Dr. Breathett’s current project, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, (NHLBI) is “Addressing Individual Provider Bias and Group Decision-Making in Selection of Advanced Heart Failure Therapies in Racial/Ethnic Minorities.”
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Dr. Ileana Piña Delivers Keynote and Dr. Jennifer Mieres Presents at Caribbean Women's Health Conference
Ileana L. Piña, MD, PhD, attended the inaugural Women’s Health Caribbean Conference as one of the keynote speakers. “Heart failure in women” was the topic of Dr. Piña’s speech. She was also co-chair for the “Unhealthy Lifestyle in the Caribbean” segment. Jennifer Mieres, MD presented at the event (on the “Impact of social economic status on women’s cardiac health” and “Optimal diagnostic pathways in IHD”) and served as co-chair (for the “Ischemic heart disease in women”) for separate sessions as well. The conference, which took place in Willemstad, Curacao, brought together experts and attendees from different disciplines, including cardiology, gynecology and oncology.

Dr. Gregg Fonarow Receives an AHA Lifetime Achievement Award
Gregg C. Fonarow, MD was honored at a council dinner during the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research (QCOR) in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke 2019 Scientific Sessions in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Fonarow received the QCOR Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant long-term contribution to outcomes research and the improvement of cardiovascular care and was a keynote speaker as well.

Dr. Myrna Alexander Nickens Participates in an ACC Regional Women's Conference
Myrna Alexander Nickens, MD, shared strategies for addressing physician burnout with a group of forty-two women cardiologists in Point Clear, Alabama at the American College of Cardiology's (ACC) 2019 Southeastern Women in Cardiology (WIC) Conference. The group also held a breakout session with keynote speaker, Minnow Walsh, MD, FACC, Past President of the ACC, and heard from other speakers on topics that included contracts, financial management and how to achieve work-life balance. To see all presentations, click here.
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Drs. Tochi Okwuosa and Sharonne Hayes Present at Annual Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium
Tochi Okwuosa, DO, FACC gave a lecture at the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association’s (PCNA) 25th Annual Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Okwuosa’s workshop focused on “Cardio-Oncology: Preventing and Treating Cardiovascular Complications Associated with Cancer Treatments.” Sharonne N. Hayes, MD, was also in attendance and spoke about “Women and CVD: Creating Awareness and Making Prevention a Priority.”

Drs. Niva Lubin-Johnson and Kevin Sneed Speak at NOLA Health Disparities Conference
Niva Lubin-Johnson, MD, FACP, President, National Medical Association, was an Opening Session Panelist at the 12th Health Disparities Conference, hosted by The Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, Research and Education at Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy in New Orleans. Dr. Lubin-Johnson presented on “Achieving Health Equity by Increasing the Numbers of African American Physician Scientists: The NMA / NIH,” during a panel discussion on the “Models of Successes and Failures.” Kevin B. Sneed, PharmD, gave a speech on “Digital Innovations: Value is the New Revenue” during the second plenary session at the two day conference.

Dr. Keith Ferdinand Honored with Champion Award at NOLA Health Disparities Conference
Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, was among four individuals who received the Champion Award, given to Individuals or organizations whose commitment through their vast network and service contribute to the elimination of health disparities and achievement of health equity. During the conference, Dr. Ferdinand also had a poster presentation on “Evidence-Based Processes and Outcomes of Reach 2010 @ The Heart of New Orleans CBPR (Community Academic Partnership and Engagement) Faith-Based Innovations to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk Factors Among African Americans” (Cheryl Taylor, et. al). The conference, titled, “Linking Upstream Determinants to Downstream Interventions — Targeting Health Disparities & Health Equity” was hosted by The Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, Research and Education at Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy in New Orleans.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Dr. Elizabeth Ofili and Shaquille O'Neal Get Real About Heart Failure on NBC News
NBC News’ Dr. Shamard Charles sat down with Shaquille O’Neal and Past ABC President Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH, to talk about why O'Neal has dedicated himself to bringing awareness to heart health and why heart disease is more prevalent among African-Americans. The Shaquille Gets Real About Heart Failure campaign includes a website, created to provide answers to African American heart failure patients and healthcare providers, with an educational video series featuring O'Neal and Dr. Ofili. The two are also featured on TheGrio.com and BET News.
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Dr. Kecia Gaither Chats with the Tom Joyner Morning Show about STD Awareness Month
Kecia Gaither, MD, was a guest on the Tom Joyner morning radio show for their Get Well Wednesday segment to discuss the rise of syphilis, a “disease of the past,” as well as the rising statistics of HIV infection in the 55 and over demographic, and to offer general medical advice about sexually transmitted diseases (STD), particularly during pregnancy. To listen or read the transcript, click below.
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Dr. Sharonne Hayes Talks About the Launch of Time's Up Healthcare with InStyle.com
Sharonne Hayes, MD, one of 50 founding members of Time’s Up Healthcare, and some of her founding colleagues, explain to InStyle.com why the Time’s Up affiliate is important and necessary. Founding members come from a diverse group of medical disciplines, including family and emergency medicine, surgery, psychiatry, pediatrics, dental and nursing, and, also includes medical and law students. Niva Lubin-Johnson, MD, President, National Medical Association, is on the advisory council. Several major medical institutions have shown support by signing onto the effort, including the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic and the medical schools of Yale, Brown, Boston, Drexel, and the University of Wisconsin.
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Dr. Khadijah Breathett Explains Impact of Implicit Bias on Arizona PBS News Segment
Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS, featured Khadijah Breathett In the first six-minute segment, titled “Unintentional Bias By Doctors,” and referenced her 2018 study, "Factors Related to Physician Clinical Decision-Making for African-American and Hispanic Patients: a Qualitative Meta-Synthesis," published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
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MAKING THE (GRAND) ROUNDS

LaPrincess Brewer, MD
Community-Based Participatory Research in Cardiovascular Health: The Frontier for Improved Population Health (Dedicated to legacy of Miss Henrietta Lacks)
John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD
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Quinn Capers, IV, MD
Medical School Admissions, Holistic Review, Implicit Bias, and Healthcare Disparities: A Perspective
Kern Institute at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee
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Implicit Bias in Healthcare and Medical School Admissions
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Oregon
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Clyde Yancy, MD
Decision Making in Cardiovascular Disease; The Pernicious Influence of Bias and How Best to Overcome Bias
University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson
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Heart Failure – Exploring the New Frontiers
University of California San Diego School of Medicine
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NEW FELLOWS DESIGNATION
The following ABC Members can add a new
Fellows designation to their professional credentials

PATIENT RESOURCES FROM ABC MEMBERS
Great online member-based educational tools to share with patients, family, and friends, who would benefit from learning more about cardiovascular disease and heart health.

Heart Health Tutorial on BlackDoctor.org's Facebook Watch channel
From Dr. Keith Ferdinand
Master teacher Keith Ferdinand MD participated in a video Q&A on cardiovascular disease with Blackdoctor.org. In the 23-minute video, Dr. Ferdinand offers a tutorial on the different forms and causes of heart disease, the signs of a heart attack, and ways to decrease specific risk factors through lifestyle changes. He also explains the reason for the new updated blood pressure guidelines, utilizing terms an average person can understand. Additionally, he describes the best ways patients can interact with their healthcare providers and medical institutions when it comes to managing their health.
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Patient-Centered Tips from the 2019 CVD Prevention Guidelines
From Dr. Renee Bullock-Palmer
American Heart Association Early Career Blogger Renee Bullock-Palmer, MD, blogs about the steps patients can take towards a heart healthy lifestyle based on the latest 2019 American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines on Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular disease. Dr. Bullock-Palmer provides seven key ‘take home’ points for patients.
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Facebook Live Series on Heart Health for Adults and Kids
From Dr. Annette Ansong
Pediatric Cardiologist Annette Ansong takes on topics such as “Promoting Heart Health in Children,” plant-based diets, and stress in her weekly FaceBook Live video series, which she also uploads to her Youtube channel. Most of the videos run roughly about 6 to 12 minutes each. In addition, she also provides separate video primers on hypertension in kids and adults as well as the ways telemedicine can be used in pediatric cardiology.
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