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President's Message

december 2021

Greetings Virginia Chapter members –

I hope you all are enjoying this holiday season. Time quickly passes this time of year. May you each have a peaceful and relaxing time with family and friends however you choose to celebrate the holidays.

A few updates for the end of 2021:

MACCS Update

The Mid-Atlantic ACC Chapters held another very successful Mid-Atlantic Capital Cardiology Symposium (MACCS) on November 21. This took place in conjunction with the FIT Forum on November 20.

I’d like to thank a few individuals for these successful events. First, the mid-Atlantic Governors – Dr. Wasif Qureshi of Delaware, Dr. Gaby Weissman of DC and Dr. Garima Sharma of Maryland, as well as Chapter Executive Jennifer Beckman and Holly Reigner for all their work in this collaborative effort. MACCS was led by Co-Chairs Dr. Andrew Choi and Dr. Victor Soukoulis. Along with the planning committee, they put together a highly successful (and most highly attended) meeting.

FIT Forum featured education on non-clinical competencies led by Dr. Shashank Sinha and Dr. Sammy Zakaria and was widely attended by FITs across the Commonwealth.

Recordings of the MACCS sessions are available here:

Highlights of the meeting included:

      • Keynote speaker: Dr. Martin Cowie from the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) who spoke on AI/digital health transformation
      • Remarks by ACC President-Elect Dr. Ed Fry and BCS President Dr. John Greenwood
      • 2021 ACC/AHA Chest Pain guidelines presented by Dr. Martha Gulati

Advocacy Update

Thank you to all who participated locally in the nation-wide grassroots advocacy effort urging lawmakers to sign the Bera/Buschon letter. Advocacy to sign this letter consumed much of our efforts during the ACC Legislative Conference in October. This was part of a successful effort resulting in passage in the House of H.R. 1667 Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act and in the Senate of S. 610 Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act last week. We appreciate all your efforts to stay involved in local, state and national advocacy efforts!

Warm regards,

Evan Ownby, MD, FACC

President, Virginia Chapter ACC

BCS annual meeting screen shot

VCACC is proud be the official international exchange partner with the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS). Above, VCACC members participate in the BCS Virtual Annual Meeting.

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Our purpose is to contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, to ensure optimal quality of care for individuals with such diseases, and to foster the highest professional ethical standards.

Transitioning to a New Job: How to Thrive in Your New Role and Ensure it is the Perfect Long-term Fit for You

a Webinar Sponsored by the Virginia ACC Chapter and the Early Career Leadership Council

Early Career Webinar (FITs also welcome!)

Date: Wednesday, February 9

Time: 7:00pm EST

Location: Zoom

Click here for registration and additional details.

Congress All Ears on Telehealth Expansion Post-Pandemic 

With Medicare and many private payers now covering an expanded list of telehealth services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress continues to wrestle with post-pandemic virtual care, particularly around quality of care and patient safety, privacy and security, and appropriate payment. Several key House and Senate committees have met to discuss options. Most recently, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing this week to discuss the expansion of access to telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries. This continues to be a priority issue for your ACC Advocacy team in ongoing discussions with Congress. ACC members are encouraged to help amplify these messages by meeting with lawmakers and sharing expertise and lessons learned. For help with scheduling a meeting, email

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