ACC.16: Chazal becomes ACC President

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Richard Chazal, MD, FACC, assumed the role as President of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) during the ACC’s annual scientific session in Chicago on April 4.

Chazal is a senior cardiologist and medical director of the Heart and Vascular Institute for Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Florida. He replaces former President Kim Allan Williams, MD, chief of the division of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Chazal, an ACC member since 1984, has an expertise in echocardiography, diagnostic catheterization and coronary computerized tomography angiography.

“As a clinical cardiologist, I remain convinced that the College best achieves its mission by continually focusing on what is the best for our patients and embedding that in everything that we do as an organization,” Chazal said in a news release.

The ACC’s officers for 2016-2017 are Chazal, Williams, President-Elect Mary Norine “Minnow” Walsh, MD, FACC; Vice President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC; Secretary and Board of Governors Chair Allen Seals, MD, FACC; and Treasurer Robert Guyton, MD, FACC.