The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) has announced that John (Jack) Lewin has been appointed as its new president and chief executive officer. Lewin succeeds William A Himmelsbach, who retired in late 2012.
A CRF press release reports that Lewin brings a unique blend of leadership and management skills to the organisation. It adds that he served as chief executive officer of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) from 2006 through April 2012. Prior to the ACC, Lewin was chief executive officer of the 35,000 member California Medical Association for eight years. In 2011, he was named as one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
“Since its inception in 1990, CRF has played a major role in the great progress that has been made in interventional cardiology, and in realising dramatic improvements in the lives of countless patients by establishing the safe use of new technologies and therapies for heart disease,” said Lewin. “I look forward to working with CRF’s iconic physicians who are so passionate about advancing the field. The combination of preclinical research, clinical trials and excellence in education under one roof gives the foundation a distinctive ability to generate important research questions, test and refine groundbreaking new therapies, and ensure that these therapies are available to patients at the earliest possible opportunity.”