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President's Message

may 2021

Hello Virginia ACC Colleagues!

I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. I am an interventional cardiologist at a hospital-owned practice in Lynchburg, Virginia. I am fortunate to work alongside a stellar group of cardiologists, mid-levels and other CVTeam members at the Centra Heart & Vascular Institute. After my first seven years in practice, I am in the last years as an Early Career member of the ACC. I am a husband and a father of six children and still striving to find a good work/life balance!

As the newly-elected President of the Virginia Chapter of the ACC, I look forward to serving the VCACC members and championing our causes. I am indebted to Mike Kontos, MD, FACC, whose shoes I will attempt to fill in the next three years. In addition to Mike, I wish to recognize a few mentors I have had in the Commonwealth of Virginia, including past ACC President C. Michael Valentine, MD, MACC, Antonio Abbatte, MD, FACC, the late Michael Hess, MD, FACC, Kenneth Ellenbogen, MD, FACC and especially the late Mark A. Wood, MD, FACC.

Call for Volunteers! We have an incredible groups of physicians, mid-levels and CVTeam members currently serving the Virginia Chapter. Check the current Chapter leaders here. We are seeking interested candidates to fill a few vacant positions in the Chapter. Those interested should please submit a brief (one paragraph) statement of interest and CV to Jennifer at Deadline for submission is Tuesday, May 18.

      • Four open Council positions to fill two-year terms. Description of responsibilities here.               
      • FIT Representative from each training program (INOVA, UVA, VCU, VTC)
      • Women in Cardiology (WIC) Representative
      • Participation in the following initiatives: Virginia Heart Attack Coalition (VHAC), Virginia Services Quality Initiative (VCSQI), Virginia Shock Initiative

ACC.21 Scientific Sessions - The American College of Cardiology 70th Annual Scientific Session & Expo will be an ALL VIRTUAL experience streaming live May 15-17, 2021, with “On Demand” access. Join your colleagues in this great educational experience. For information on registration, click here.

BCS Annual Conference – The British Cardiovascular Society Annual Conference will be held June 7-10, 2021. This will mark the third Anniversary of the official partnership between BCS and VCACC as sister organizations. The conference will be delivered virtually. For information on registration, click here.

ACC Early Career State Chapter Engagement Initiative – The Virginia Chapter has been selected to participate in an ACC initiative to improve involvement of Early Career physicians. Other Chapters participating include the Louisiana and Iowa Chapters. Ben Galper, MD, FACC currently serves as the Virginia Early Career Representative. Those interested should send an email to


Evan D. Ownby, MD FACC

President, Virginia Chapter ACC

BVS and VCACC leadership

VCACC is proud to announce that we are the official international exchange partner with the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS). Members John Brush, MD, FACC, Christopher Kramer, MD, FACC and Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, signed the agreement at the BCS conference in Manchester, England at the beginning of June. On behalf of the BCS Sarah Clarke, MD, FACC, President, and Simon Ray, MD, President-elect welcomed the entire chapter. Plans are being made for the exchange of innovative ideas, patient care models, international clinical experiences that would be open to all VCACC members.


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.

british cardiovascular society Annual Conference 2021: Early Bird Registration is Open!

Click here for additional information

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

ACC Membership Renewal

The ACC and Chapter membership renewal deadline is just around the corner on December 10th. This year, the greater ACC community has rallied together to face unprecedented challenges to our practices and our communities. 

Be sure your voice is at the table in 2021. Our membership prices are the same. Additionally, if you’re unable to pay your full renewal amount—contact us. Your membership is worth more than a single year’s dues payment, and we’re happy to work with you on alternate payment options for 2021.

Additionally, at the Chapter level, we’ve been hard at work providing you with localized opportunities for involvement, education and networking—plus providing you with representation to lawmakers and decision makers at the local and state levels.

Keep ACC as your cardiovascular home as together we transform CV care and improve heart health.

Renew online or by calling ACC Member Care at 202-375-6000, ext. 5603.


The ACC has pulled together COVID-19 information and resources and is updating it daily. Click here for the COVID-19 Hub.  

For the free Summer Education Series, click here 


ACC CardioSmart recently published the infographic below to emphasize the importance of maintaining heart health through the epidemic. Click here for additional information.

Heart Health during COVID-19 graphic

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