Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, has officially started her term as the 70th president of the American College of Cardiology (ACC).
Itchhaporia, an interventional cardiologist, currently serves as the chair of cardiovascular health and director of disease management at the Hoag Heart & Vascular Institute in Newport Beach, California. She is also an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine.
Itchhaporia most recently served as the ACC’s vice president. She also has experience as a member of the ACC’s Board of Trustees and Board of Governors.
“From the moment I became a fellow of the ACC, I’ve been excited about being a part of this community and contributing to advancing the field of cardiology and the patients we serve,” she said in a prepared statement. “I’m looking forward to connecting the cardiovascular community over the next year, as we emerge from a mostly virtual world, to make strides in our strategic priorities and improve the lives of heart disease patients. We must be prepared as a profession to embrace and move to center stage our solutions and vision of digital transformation and health equity.”
“It’s an honor to congratulate Dr. Itchhaporia for her well-deserved role as the new ACC president,” Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag, said in a separate statement. “This position is considered one of the highest honors in the cardiology profession, and we are proud to have a respected leader such as Dr. Itchhaporia providing care to our community here in Orange County.”
Itchhaporia will serve a one-year term. Other new ACC officers for 2021-2022 include Vice President Edward T.A. Fry, MD, Board of Governors Chair Joseph Marine, MD, and Treasurer Christopher M. Kramer, MD.