Echo specialist Gillam assumes CV chair post
Linda D. Gillam, MD, MPH, vice chair of cardiovascular medicine for Atlantic Health System, has been named chair of cardiovascular medicine of the three-center healthcare system.

A specialist in valvular heart disease, echocardiography and heart disease in women, Gillam joined Morristown, N.J.-based Atlantic Health System in 2011. In that role, she worked with the cardiovascular team to expand the system's valvular disease program into a multidisciplinary center that includes the latest imaging capabilities, genomics, clinical trials and advanced surgical and interventional techniques. She previously served as medical director of the cardiac valve program and professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University in New York City.

Gillam is a member of the board of directors of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and treasurer of the National Board of Echocardiography. She is also an associate editor for Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging and a member of the editorial boards of Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

She has served as president of ASE and was a member of both the board of trustees and board of governors of the American College of Cardiology. Gillam is also a former chair of the Women in Cardiology Committee of the American Heart Association (AHA) and served on the leadership committee of the AHA Council on Clinical Cardiology.

Atlantic Health System announced that under Gillam’s leadership it has expanded its Women's Heart Program across all three hospital campuses in Morristown, Overlook and Newton in New Jersey. The Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown also performs more than 1,000 heart surgeries annually and provides a full range of heart valve treatment options, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures.

For more information on the role of echocardiography in TAVR, read “Echo: A Leader in TAVR Planning” in the June issue of Cardiovascular Business. The article features Gillam and other experts in the field. For more on cardiovascular programs for women, read “Sex Appeal: Heart Centers Cater to Women” in the same issue.