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President's Message

May 2024

Dear Virginia Chapter Members:

I would like to introduce myself as the new President of the Virginia Chapter of the ACC. I am a non-invasive cardiologist at the University of Virginia, where I serve as the cardiology fellowship program director. I am also a husband and father to a nine year old who keeps us busy in her never-ending quest to remain perpetually in motion.


While I have been involved in many national ACC committees and endeavors over the years, I actually began my ACC engagement by participating in local opportunities such as the ACC Legislative Conference, MACCS, and the Council of the Virginia Chapter. My goal as President is to have the Virginia Chapter continue to represent the interests of the diverse cardiology providers in our state while allowing interested members to engage in education, advocacy, and quality improvement projects. I hope that the Virginia Chapter can serve as the springboard for creating a new pathway of future cardiology leaders!


I would like to thank and recognize the hard work that Dr. Evan Ownby, our immediate past President, has put into improving the Chapter over the last three years. His support and guidance has been invaluable in this transition. I also benefit from having locally both a former and future President of the national ACC in Doctors Michael Valentine and Christopher Kramer to turn to for counsel and advice. Dr. Benjamin Galper, a friend from our training days and runner-up in the Chapter’s most recent election, is building on his extensive ACC involvement by serving as Chapter Secretary/Treasurer. Finally, Jennifer Ray Beckman, our Executive Director, is the person who truly keeps the Chapter running and is a critical member of the leadership team.


Please feel free to reach out to me at any time at for any questions, concerns, and ideas about the Chapter!




Victor Soukoulis, MD, PhD, FACC

President, Virginia Chapter ACC


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