Clinical Cardiology Council Committee Involvement

Updated:Aug 20,2012

Let us know how you want to get involved with the ClinCard Council. Becoming more involved is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Review the committee options listed below.
  2. Complete the Council Committee Involvement Form.
  3. Send us your form.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Council on Clinical Cardiology is to achieve the objectives of the American Heart Association in the field of clinical cardiology, to promote excellence in clinical care and to foster the professional development and education of clinical cardiologists. Through council-sponsored symposia, panels and scientific conferences, members can access new developments in the field and interpret and promote clinical cardiology to professional and lay audiences.

Leadership Committee
Acute Cardiac Care Committee
Cardiac Imaging Committee

Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Committee
Electrocardiography and Arrhythmias Committee
Exercise and Cardiac Rehabilitation Committtee
Heart Failure and Transplantation Committee
Laennec/Post Graduate Education
Long Range Planning/Budget Committee
Memberships/Communications Committee
Nominating Committee
Program Committee
Samuel Levine Award Committee
Women in Cardiology Committee
Young Clinicians and Investigators Committee


Leadership Committee
Gerald Fletcher, M.D. FAHA                                                                                                 

  • Drive execution of strategies of the Clinical Cardiology Council.
  • Proactively address issues of importance to the Clinical Cardiology Council.
  • Drive integration of science professionals with organizational activities.
  • Strive for diversity of participants (as well as encourage a variety of specialty involvement).
  • Identify and encourage future leaders to take action.
  • Ensure Clinical Cardiology Council representation throughout AHA/ASA science.
  • To conduct the affairs of the council in the intervals between regular meetings and carry out the objectives within the policies of the AHA.
  • Conduct the council's self-assessment and strategic planning processes and monitoring progress towards achieving its overall goals and objectives.
  • Develop and forward to the Science Advisory and Coordinating Committee, through the Committee on Scientific Councils, an annual projection (forecast) of recommendations in the areas of science, medicine and research interests that the council believes the association should address over the next three to five years.
  • Develop and oversee implementation of the council's strategies for leadership development and succession planning.

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Acute Cardiac Care Committee
Brian Gibler, M.D.

  • Proactively investigate and address issues related to the medical aspects of acute and intensive cardiac care in accordance with the overall goals of the American Heart Association.
  • Promote research and educational activities that may decrease morbidity and mortality from acute cardiac events.
  • Serve as a resource in all areas of acute and intensive cardiac care and to provide the leadership of the Clinical Council, the Executive Committee and the AHA with regular opinions concerning developments in this field.
  • Integrate information between scientists and the public about the importance of clinical and basic science research, the application of knowledge in the clinical arena, and the fostering of inquiry to improve the prevention and therapy of acute cardiac events and promote issues of awareness concerning this area of cardiology.
  • Promote integration of care across the components of the healthcare system that deliver acute and intensive cardiac care and interdisciplinary collaboration among the medical specialties, nursing and emergency medical personnel involved in these activities.
  • Foster international collaboration in the development of best practices in the delivery of acute and intensive cardiac care.

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Cardiac Imaging Committee
Jennifer Mieres, M.D., FAHA

The committee shall consider matters related to cardiovascular imaging technologies and practices, including echocardiography, nuclear imaging techniques, and magnetic resonance imaging. These considerations should be in keeping with the mission of the American Heart Association and the charge of the Council on Clinical Cardiology as it pertains to physician education, promotion of research and public education.

  • Play an active role in Scientific Sessions planning with regard to imaging techniques.
  • Advise the AHA on directions for research involving new and existing imaging modalities.
  • Play a major role in patient education regarding use of imaging for assessment of coronary heart disease and risk assessment.

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Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Committee
Glenn Levine, M.D., FAHA

The mission of the Committee on Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiac Catheterization of the Council on Clinical Cardiology is: To serve as the American Heart Association’s panel of experts on diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization.

  • Interpret and communicate scientific information concerning cardiovascular catheterization and percutaneous intervention and be an advocate for optimizing patient care through appropriate application of invasive and interventional techniques

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Electrocardiography and Arrhythmias Committee
Bradley Knight, M.D.

The mission of the Committee on Electrocardiography & Arrhythmias of the Council on Clinical Cardiology is: To promote research and educational activities that may decrease morbidity and mortality from cardiac arrhythmias.

Activities of this interdisciplinary committee shall include, but not be limited to:

  • The study of cardiac impulse initiation, conduction and maintenance at the cellular, gross and epidemiologic levels. 
  • Particular effort will be directed to integrating information and scientists and the public about the importance of clinical and basic science research, the application of knowledge in the clinical arena, and the fostering of inquiry to improve the prevention and therapy of bradycardias, tachycardias, and sudden arrhythmic cardiac death.

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Exercise and Cardiac Rehabilitation Committee
Todd Miller, M.D., FAHA

The mission of the Committee on Exercise, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention of the Council on Clinical Cardiology is: To advance the science of exercise physiology as it applies to the development and implementation of exercise testing and training principles through comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation/prevention programs, including the needs of patients with heart failure, post surgical interventions (e.g., CABG, PTCA) and patients who have received heart transplants.

  • Develop new science advisories and guidelines, and revise/update existing advisories and guidelines related to exercise testing and training of patients with heart disease or at high risk for the development of heart disease.
  • Develop education program content for scientific conferences and meetings.
  • Respond to requests for expert testimony on behalf of the American Heart Association to federal agencies.
  • Advocate for reimbursement programs related to exercise screening, training and counseling to help patients achieve their goals for risk reduction.
  • Respond to requests from the AHA Office of Communications for interviews with the media.
  • Assist the AHA in establishing research priorities related to the role of exercise in primary and secondary prevention.
  • Support AHA efforts to implement the organization’s primary and secondary prevention programs, including the identification of benchmark programs for risk reduction.

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Heart Failure and Transplantation Committee
Joshua Hare, M.D., FAHA

The mission of the committee is to serve as the American Heart Association’s panel of experts on heart failure and cardiac transplantation.

  • Address issues as they arise related to the medical aspects of both heart failure and cardiac transplantation.
  • Promote research and educational activities which may decrease morbidity and mortality from heart failure.
  • Maintain current guidelines for the management of cardiac transplant donors and recipients.
  • Serve as a resource in all areas of heart failure and cardiac transplantation and to provide the Executive Committee and the AHA with regular opinions concerning developments in this field.
  • Integrate information between scientists and the public about the importance of clinical and basic science research, the application of knowledge in the clinical arena, and the fostering of inquiry to improve the prevention and therapy of heart failure and promote issues of awareness concerning organ donation.

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Laennec/Post Graduate Education
Brian Griffin, M.B., Ch.B., FACC

  • Prepare professional education slide materials for the affiliate and local level, to facilitate professional education lectures/seminars on relevant cardiology topics using such prepared slide series.
  • Identify professional continuing education needs in cardiology, with emphasis on education of primary care physicians and internists, and to cooperate with their respective professional organizations to prepare courses, symposia, or other didactic sessions to meet these continuing education needs in cardiology.
  • Review professional continuing medical education programs requesting co-sponsorship, in name only, of the Council on Clinical Cardiology to ensure that the course content is appropriate to the mission of the AHA and reflects positively on the organization and make monetary recommendations to the Council Long Range Planning Committee for review only if appropriate.
  • Oversee the activities of the committee during AHA Scientific Sessions, including selection of the Laennec Clinician/Educator Lecture, the Laennec Master Clinician Award and review applications/select finalists and winner of the Laennec Young Clinician Awards.
  • Make recommendations for the structured portion of Scientific Sessions.

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Long Range Planning/Budget Committee
N. A. Mark Estes, M.D.

The mission of the committee is to provide guidance and direction to the council’s overall objectives and programs to better promote the AHA’s mission and goals. Our goal is to ensure the responsible use of Council resources to promote the goals and mission of the American Heart Association and the Council.

  • Give guidance and direction to the council’s overall objectives and programs.
  • Explore ways for increasing funds for research.
  • Suggest ways to reduce the gap between research and clinical application.
  • Make biennial self-assessments that include examination of the planning and budgeting process.
  • Design and present to the Leadership Committee a 3-5 year plan for the council.
  • Make recommendations to the Leadership Committee regarding discretionary fund allocations.
  • Report council expenditures from the prior year and for the current year-to-date.

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Memberships/Communications Committee
SK Rao Musunuru, M.D., FAHA

The mission of the committee is to promote and enhance membership in the council through recruitment and retention programs and to promote cardiovascular disease and stroke advances through increased communication, both within AHA and externally, of relevant issues and findings in the area of clinical cardiology.

Membership

  • Review applications for fellowship and recommend qualified candidates to the Leadership Committee for approval.
  • Consult with marketing staff and the Membership Marketing and Communications Committee to identify potential candidate pools and generate ideas for recruiting activities (e.g., mailing campaigns, Web page recruiting, activities during conferences, one-on-one leadership recruiting efforts…)
  • Help marketing staff identify benefits of membership and fellowship.
  • Revise fellowship application as needed.
  • Evaluate the council’s performance in retaining members and make recommendations to the Leadership Committee as needed.

Communications

  • Increase the participation of current members by keeping them informed of council activities.
  • Assist with the development of newsletter and Web site content.

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Nominating Committee
Ann Bolger, M.D., FAHA

The mission of the committee is to promote excellence in the field of clinical cardiology through selection, recruitment, training, retention and recognition of qualified volunteers in leadership positions in the council and the American Heart Association.

  • Prepare and present to the Leadership Committee nominations for the following:
    Officers and members-at-large of the Leadership Committee
    Scientific Councils Distinguished Achievement Award 
    Herrick Award 
    Distinguished Scientist Award
  • Prepare and submit nominations for AHA positions including the following:
    AHA Officers, Board Members, Committees and Awards

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Program Committee
Alan Kadish, M.D., FAHA

The mission of the committee is to promote and enhance the council’s role at AHA’s Scientific Sessions through developing excellent and varied scientific programs in the council’s fields of expertise.

  • Solicit and develop plans for plenaries, Sunday morning programs, how-to sessions and CV seminars for AHA’s annual Scientific Sessions, following the format requested by CSSP.
  • Assign and monitor grading of abstracts submitted to the Committee on Scientific Sessions Program within the categories related to the council’s fields of expertise.

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Samuel Levine Award Committee
N. A. Mark Estes, M.D.

The mission of the Samuel A. Levine Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology is: To promote excellence in the field of Clinical Cardiology through recognition of young clinicians.

  • Recommend policy and administer the Levine Award competition.
  • Review applications and select the five finalists.
  • Serve as judges for the competition at Scientific Sessions.

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Women in Cardiology Committee
C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D., FAHA

The mission of the Committee on Women In Cardiology of the Council on Clinical Cardiology is: To increase the participation of women in the council and the association; to increase leadership roles of women in the council and the association and to encourage women to enter the field of cardiology.

  • Promote membership of women in the Council on Clinical Cardiology and the AHA through activities of the Women in Cardiology Committee at national and local AHA meetings.
  • Involve more women cardiologists in roles within the AHA in general.
  • Increase the number of women involved in decision making processes of the council and the AHA.
  • Encourage female medical students and residents to choose cardiology as a career.
  • Support the career development of women cardiologists in training.
  • Encourage more women to pursue research careers.
  • Sponsor a women in cardiology program annually at AHA Scientific Sessions.
  • Establish mentoring programs and encourage networking among women in cardiology.
  • Foster liaison relationships with national and international organizations to enhance the professional development of women in cardiology.

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Young Clinicians and Investigators Committee
Ed Kasper, M.D.

The mission of the Committee on Young Clinicians & Investigators Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology is: To provide much needed and continuous input regarding the council’s effort to serve the needs of young clinicians and investigators, as well as bring new young members and trainees into the council. It is anticipated that this subcommittee will be a grooming process for the development of future leaders in the council and the AHA at large.

  • Provide input to the Council Leadership Committee regarding the needs of trainees and junior faculty, and how the council might meet these needs.
  • Compose announcements to trainees on a regular basis regarding council scholarships, prizes and grant opportunities.
  • Participate in the program committee for the “How to Become a Cardiovascular Investigator” Course and Young Investigator Luncheons at Scientific Sessions; work to develop other educational programs targeted toward trainees.
  • Co-moderate clinical cardiology sessions during AHA Scientific Sessions.
  • Compose and publish AHA advisories directed toward young clinicians and investigators, trainees and training programs.
  • Develop a Young Clinician/Young Investigator Newsletter published semiannually that would serve as an excellent source for information regarding: council scholarships and prizes; AHA grant opportunities; opportunities at the national and local level; the release or publication of new guidelines or scientific statements; AHA scientific conference schedule; current advocacy programs and initiatives and slide series and programs from the Post Graduate Committee.