David A Cox, (Brookwood Baptist Health, San Antonio, USA; Cardiovascular Associates [CVA] of the Southeast, Birmingham, USA) has assumed office as 2018–19 president of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). His appointment, along with those of new officers, was announced during the 2018 SCAI (25–28 April, San Diego, USA).
With a focus on creating a clear organisational path and showcasing the Society’s value proposition, during his term, Cox will oversee the development and execution of SCAI’s newly cemented four key strategic initiatives: community and membership; quality and research; education; and marketing and communications. He will also focus on aligning external partner relationships to help better deliver on the Society’s mission.
Prior to his position at CVA and Brookwood Baptist Health, Cox practiced in a large cardiology group in Charlotte, USA, for over a decade—where he led his interventionalists to high-enroller positions in many clinical trials and served as a national primary investigator for two interventional cardiology devices. In 2006, he joined a hospital-based cardiology practice in Allentown (USA) where he served as director of clinical research for cardiology and associate director, cardiac catheterisation laboratory. A devoted member for more than two decades, he served as the SCAI budget and finance chair and treasurer for five years, after co-chairing the SCAI Education Committee.
He says: “Interventional cardiology has undergone a tremendous transformation in the past few years, with advances in structural heart disease technologies and indications, progressive stent technology, improvement in outcomes for patients with peripheral vascular disease, and novel approaches to thromboembolic disease all helping us fulfil our mission to save and enhance lives.”
“SCAI has kept pace with these changes and is now focused on a new strategic plan put forth by a more involved Board of Trustees and our Executive Director, Francesca Dea. It is an honour to serve as president of SCAI during these exciting times, and I look forward to contributing as SCAI tackles the new challenges ahead and demonstrates its worth to all members, new and old,” he added.
Cox graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB). After serving four years in the National Health Service Corps, he returned to UAB for his general cardiology and interventional fellowships.
Other SCAI officers elected for 2018–19 are: Ehtisham Mahmud (San Diego, USA) as president-elect; Cindy L Grines (New Hyde Park, USA) as vice president; Timothy D Henry (Los Angeles, USA) as secretary; Peter L Duffy (Pinehurst, USA) as treasurer; and Kirk N Garratt as immediate past president.