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Welcome New ABC Life Members
Mayra Guerrero, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FESC
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
Mayo Clinic Hospital

"COVID-19 affected my family as it affected many Hispanic/Latino and Black families. It unmasked the profound health disparities that affect our communities. As we survive the pandemic, we must support efforts to improve Health Equity. We need this now more than ever."
Oladipupo Olafiranye, MD, MS, FACP, FACC, FSCAI
Interventional Cardiologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, UPMC and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

“I feel very proud and honored to make a lifelong commitment to the mission and vision of the Association of Black Cardiologists. ABC provides a unique mentoring network which has benefited me greatly throughout my career."

Click here to view other ABC Life members
who have made the commitment.

Become A Life Member
If you are also passionate about making a lifelong commitment to eliminate health disparities with the ABC, we invite you to become a Life Member!

Contact Katrese Phelps McCullum today at for additional information.

Kendra Ivy, MD
Did You Know: Dr. Kendra Ivy recently co-authored her first paper, which was published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation journal.

Dr. Ivy is currently a first-year Internal Medicine Resident at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia last May.

Finalists for ABC’s 2021 Dr. Jay Brown
Best Abstract Competition Have Been Chosen

It’s that time of year again! Meet the internal medicine resident and cardiology fellows who were selected as finalists for this year’s Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition. These budding physician scientists will present their original scientific research at ABC’s Annual Fellows educational program, which will be moderated by D. Edward Antstey, MD, and Norrisa Haynes, MD, MPH, ABC Fellows Representative to the Board of Directors. ABC Fellows Committee Co-Chair Kevin F. Kwaku, MD, PhD, will give the opening remarks.
  • Adebayo Atanda, MD ( @chrisbayo22) Cardiology Fellow at The George Washington University Hospital
  • Garly Saint Croix, MD ( @GarlySaintCroix) Cardiology Fellow at Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Mariana Garcia, MD ( @MarianaGarciaMD) Cardiology Fellow at Emory University School of Medicine
  • Alexis Okoh, MD ( @OkohMd) Chief Resident at RWJ Barnabas Health and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
The virtual competition will be webcast on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 12 PM EST. See if you can predict who will score the winning prize - a $1,000 cash award. CME credit is available. Registration required.

Become an ABC Member Today!
The ABC is here for you! We value our ABC members so we strive to offer benefits and rewards that are essential to your career advancement and patient education.

Join us in our commitment to "Promote the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease, including Stroke, in Blacks and other Minorities and to Achieve Health Equity for all through the Elimination of Disparities."

Activate your 2021 membership today! We welcome you to join our ABC family!

To join online click here or remit payment by mail to Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. – 2400 N Street, NW, Suite 200; Washington, DC 20037.

Celebrating 2021 Match Day Milestones

The ABC is thrilled to highlight some of its medical student members - three of whom are ABC Scholarhip winners - who matched into residency programs across the country that begin in July 2021. Congratulations!
  • Amira Collison (at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine;  @sincerely_amira), matched into the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Collison was one of the six recipients of the 2020 Dr. Richard Allen Williams Scholarship.

  • Frederick Grady (at Meharry Medical School;  @FrederickGrady3), matched into the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

  • Oluwatomilona "Tomilona” Ifelayo (at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine;  @notsosmoothroad), matched into the McGovern Medical School Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at University of Texas at Houston.

  • Eméfah Loccoh (at The Ohio State University College of Medicine;  @emefahloccoh), matched into the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Ms. Loccoh was the recipient of the 2020 Dr. Richard Allen Williams & Genita Evangelista Johnson/ABC Scholarship (in conjunction with the AMA Foundation).

  • Stephanie Miller (at Morehouse School of Medicine;  @stephnocurry7), matched into the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Morehouse in Atlanta.

  • Walter Oliver (at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons;  @WalterLOliver), matched into the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Mr. Oliver was one of the six recipients of the 2020 ABC Dr. Richard Allen Williams Scholarship.

  • Lade Sogade (at Washington University School of Medicine;  @ladesogade), matched into the General Surgery Residency Program at WU in St. Louis.

Interesting Fact: Eméfah Loccoh and Walter Oliver were the recipients of ABC scholarships last year. Both scholarship award winners have been matched into the same internal medicine residency program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Six Degrees of Separation or less? As an undergraduate student, Dr. Richard Allen Williams was awarded a full scholarship to Harvard University and later returned to Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital for a Cardiology fellowship.

In Memoriam
Nowamagbe Austin Omoigui, MD, MPH, FACC
1959 – 2021
The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) is deeply saddened to announce that Nowamagbe Austin Omoigui, MD passed on April 18, 2021. He was 62.

Dr. Omoigui shattered the glass ceiling in cardiology by being the first Nigerian immigrant to serve as Chief of Cardiology of a major university medical school in the United States – The University of South Carolina, Columbia. His achievements ushered in a new era of possibilities. He inspired new generations of young Africans and African Americans in cardiology worldwide. He chartered a new course, allowing us to redefine our future. By his example, we know that there are no limits in pursuing our dreams in the field of cardiology. We celebrate his life this week.

You may read more of Dr. Abraham Ariyo’s tribute to Dr. Omoigui or leave messages of condolence on the In Memoriam page created to honor Dr. Omoigui.


ABC President Dr. Michelle A. Albert Serves as a Key Advisor for OWN Your Health Initiative
ABC President Dr. Michelle A. Albert is one of several key health equity advisors for the OWN YOUR HEALTH initiative, launched recently by the Oprah Winfrey Network as their first ever campaign partnering with health equity leaders to provide tools and resources that will empower Black women to own their health in 2021 and beyond. OWN YOUR HEALTH expands on the success of OWN’s first ever pro social campaign OWN YOUR VOTE, a bipartisan registration and get-out-the-vote initiative that partnered with national and local grassroots and voting rights organizations during the 2020 elections.

2021 ABC Annual Educational Program
and Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition
Saturday, May 8, 2021 | 12:00PM – 1:30PM EDT


Save the Date: Her Heart Summit
Saturday, May 8, 2021
11 a.m. CST / 12 p.m. EST

More than half of Black women over the age of 20 have heart disease. RTP is creating a national movement aimed at healing broken hearts by empowering them to put themselves and their hearts first.

Join Black women nationwide on Saturday, May 8th, for the Her Heart Summit — a three-hour virtual celebration of Black women’s health and sisterhood featuring experts and influencers in fitness, relationships, finance, and more, including Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, who will represent ABC at the event.


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