Richard Kovacs assumes presidency of the American College of Cardiology


Richard Kovacs has become the new president of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). He officially assumed his role during the convocation ceremony held in conjunction with the ACC’s 68th Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans (16–18 March), and will serve a one-year term.
Kovacs has a long history of involvement with the ACC, and has held leadership roles on the science and quality committee and the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) management board. He has also been chair of the Board of Governors, a member of the Board of Trustees, secretary, and vice president.
He said: “It has been of utmost importance to me to dedicate my time to the mission of the College and its work to propel the field of cardiology forward. I am honoured to serve as president and spend the next year leading the ACC in realising its vision and strategic goals.”
His primary research interests include measuring and improving quality, drug safety, and sports cardiology. Kovacs also oversees the cardiovascular evaluations of players at the Annual National Football League Scouting Combine.
Other ACC officers for 2019–20 are vice president Athena Poppas, Board of Governors’ chair Akshay Khandelwal, and treasurer Howard T Walpole Jr.


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