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William Zoghbi, M.D., president of the ACC

Houston, TX - 4/2/2012

The American College of Cardiology's annual Scientific Session is a prominent event on the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center's calendar, but this year's meeting was particularly notable.

William Zoghbi, M.D., was elected president and Miguel Quiñones was elected a Master of the ACC at a special event Monday, March 26, with 2,000 ACC members and supporters in attendance.

In his inaugural address, Zoghbi told his fellow ACC members the theme of his presidency will be "patient-centered care." ACC has traditionally served patients by providing education and services to doctors, other healthcare providers, and administrators. But the ACC has a number of new (and newly expanded) programs intended to help patients directly.

Among the new information-based ACC initiatives are expansions of CardioSmart.org, an American College of Cardiology website that serves patients and their caregivers, and CardioSource.org, a portal for doctors, nurses, and other health care providers. The ACC will provide mobile tools for smart phones and tablets that help users find crucial information — wherever they may be.

Zoghbi will also set goals for the nation's largest group of cardiologists, execute new initiatives, and act as the voice of American cardiologists at events within the U.S. and abroad.

Click here to read Zoghbi's inaugural address.

About a dozen Methodist faculty presented new data from research projects, discussed best clinical practices, presided over sessions and press conferences, or coauthored academic posters.

Methodist also maintained a booth on the ACC 2012 exposition floor, replete with trans-esophageal echocardiogram simulator, a recent history of the heart center, and information about a number of Methodist programs. Booth staff representing MDHVC and Methodist International met hundreds of passersby, including doctors, nurse practitioners, fellows, residents, and others.

A demonstration of MDHVC's importance and legacy among the nation's heart and vascular centers, Methodist has two living presidents or ex-presidents of the ACC — Zoghbi and William Winters, M.D.

Quiñones, now a Master of the ACC — the group's highest professional honor — will chair the committee that determines the scientific content of next year's ACC meeting in San Francisco.

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