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ACC Welcomes Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC, As Its 70th President

April 1, 2021

The ACC is excited to welcome Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC, as its 70th president, effective todayItchhaporia, an interventional cardiologist, is the Eric and Sheila Samson Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Health, director of disease management for Hoag Heart and Vascular Institute, and associate professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

Itchhaporia is the College’s first president of South Asian descent, and while she is the College’s fifth female president, she is the first in College history to assume the presidency from another female president – ACC Immediate-Past President Athena Poppas, MD, MACC 

Itchhaporia has a long history of involvement and leadership with the College. In addition to serving on the  Board of Trustees (BOT) as vice president and secretary, she was also chair of the ACC’s Board of Governors and president of ACC’s California Chapter. She has also served on ACC’s Lifelong Learning Oversight Committee, Science and Quality Committee, Governance Committee, among others, and has also helped to inform the ACC’s Innovation Program efforts. Most recently, Itchhaporia chaired the ACC’s Task Force on Health Equity and served as co-chair of the ACC Middle East Conference in 2019 and 2020

Read more about Itchhaporia, as well as the College’ newest officers and trustees, including Edward T. A. Fry, MD, FACC (Vice President), Christopher M. Kramer, MD, FACC (Treasurer) and Joseph Edward Marine, MD, MBA, FACC (Secretary and BOG Chair).

    Our Colorado Chapter Mission

    The College’s Mission: to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health,
    Vision: to reflect a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes.

    Core Values:

    • Patient-Centered
    • Teamwork and Collaboration
    • Professionalism and Excellence
    The ACC is THE Professional Home for Cardiovascular Specialists and the Care Team. To represent YOU, the ACC is actively working on:

    • Member Value & Engagement
    • Purposeful Education
    • Data, Information & Knowledge
    • Transformation of Care
    • Advocacy
    • Population Health

    This free Summer COVID-19 Education Series will virtually bring clinicians together each week to address topics ranging from clinical trial research to heart failure management in the COVID-19 era. The Education Series will kick off next Saturday, June 6 and include a plenary from U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, and focused sessions on topics ranging from PPE to clinician well-being. Learn more and plan to attend.

    #WhiteCoatsforBlackLives June 5 2020

    University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center

    Free wellness resources for your teams.

    These are apps that are used for mindfulness and meditation, which may sound hokey to some, but is vitally important in times like this when we’re stressed.  they have very short options – 1-3 minute exercises – that are great to do midday or pre-sleep.

    www.headspace.com/health-covid-19  (go to website, will need to input NPI number and location then can download app with full account and access)

    https://www.tenpercent.com/ (free with code HEALTHCARE)




    Breaking News

    US Chagas Screening

    Leadership and the ACC: Developing leaders to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health

    Thank you Louis Schwartzberg for creating this beautiful film in gratitude to Fellows of the American College of Cardiology (FACC’s)

    Matt Iseman talks American Ninja Warriors – of the heart

    [August 3, 2016] Matt Iseman, American Ninja Warrior Host – and Licensed Physician – explains the importance of finding the right caregiver. When in need of a cardiologist, look for the initials F.A.C.C., which means the doctor is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Iseman likes to call them ‘American Ninja Warriors – of the heart’. YouTube Video

    EHR State of Mind

    October 22, 2015] EHR’s suck. Let’s make ’em better. Go to http://LetDoctorsBeDoctors.com and tell the IT and government folks what’s up. And check out http://zdoggmd.com for lyrics, behind-the-scenes dopeness, and all our other videos. Please share. View @ YouTube

    William Shatner Thanks Cardiologists

    [February 28, 2015] William Shatner owes his good health and being able to enjoy his active life to taking advice from good physicians, including his cardiologist. Please share any of the four versions with your friends. The :30, :60 and :90 min. videos are on the California Chapter YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/c/CaaccOrgchapter

    “Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.”
    – President Theodore Franklin Roosevelt, 1908

    CO ACC Educational Series
    Part Two AFIN, COVID and MORE!


    CO ACC Educational Series
    Part One

    Special thanks to our friends at Medtronic for your support!

    Presidents Letter

    “Uncertain Times”

    Composing a relevant and impactful message for our chapter during the pandemic of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is as challenging as the profound changes this pandemic has created.  I am personally…



    Let’s get on the same page.
    Check out this valuable Shock Protocol and begin implementation.


    Thank you to all of you who send in your entries for our CO ACC digital drawing for complimentary registration to ACC.19. 

    Congratulations to our winners!
    CVT – Paula McDermott
    Physician – Dr. Ira Dauber
    FIT – Dr. Rory Bricker

    Submit Your Prior Authorization Data!

    Having difficulties getting procedures approved? Yes! Please take a moment to tell us via ACC’s web-based prior authorization tool (PARTool)!

    Do your PART to improve the prior authorization process by recording incorrectly denied or difficult requests through  ACC’s PARTool.

    The data collected helps the College determine overall prior authorization and test substitution trends by insurer and better understand problematic areas of the process including time burdens, test substitution and peer-to-peer reviews.

    The observed trends will be shared with insurers, vendors, state legislators and insurance officials to engage them in ACC’s efforts to reduce the burden of prior authorization and return attention to direct patient interaction.

    Practices can submit through a simple online form at ACC.org/PARTool.

    THANK YOU !!

    The 2017 Chapter Recognition Award For Achievement in Chapter Meetings and Events was Awarded to the Colorado Chapter!

    Check Out ACC’s New Look!

    The ACC’s new website, ACC.org, is now live, offering enhanced features and design requested by ACC members.
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