Greetings from the President Puerto Rico Chapter of the ACC
The Puerto Rico Chapter of the American College
of Cardiology (ACC) is proud to announce the
“2012 Puerto Rico Cardiovascular Summit”
to be held May 25-27, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton
in Isla Verde. This summit celebrates both the
ACC’s Twenty-Third Annual Convention and
Scientific Session as well as the Sixth Annual
Cardiac Care Associates (CCA) Scientific
Convention. This joint activity represents the
commitment of the ACC Scientific Committee
towards the continuous medical education of our
This year’s convention is dedicated to Dr. Enrique
Márquez-Grau, a renowned cardiothoracic
surgeon and educator. The adult and pediatric cardiovascular community
of Puerto Rico holds the highest regard for Dr. Márquez-Grau who, as the
premier pediatric surgeon in Puerto Rico, has dedicated his professional life
and career to the care of children. Those of us who treat adult cardiovascular
patients have seen many patients who have reached adulthood thanks to
the excellent work and care performed by Dr. Marquez. He is considered for
many of us the father of adult congenital heart disease in Puerto Rico. His
commitment, responsibility, duty, dedication and compassion for his patients
make him an outstanding surgeon and human being. In recognition of his
great accomplishments and dedication the ACC PR chapter has granted him
this year’s Citizen Award.
The scientific program presided by Dr. Jose Rivera Del Río, jointly with our
Scientific Committee, has focused on presenting a program of high quality
with a wide range of cardiovascular topics. The scientific program will provide
education in cardiovascular imaging, pediatric cardiology, interventional
cardiology, electrophysiology and many other interesting areas of our field.
Some of the specific topics that will be presented this year include:
Management of advance heart failure, evaluation and treatment of
neurocardiogenic syncope, adult congenital heart disease, new technologies
in echocardiography, predicting bleeding risk in ACS, radial approach to
PCI, biventricular pacing, atrial fibrillation and adequate management of
Greetings from the
Puerto Rico Chapter of the ACC
We are happy to recognize the participation during this year’s Summit of two of
the newest Masters of the American College of Cardiology (MACC). Dr. Miguel
Quiñones, the second Puerto Rican to achieve this distinguished recognition
and Dr. Rick Nishimura who is presently Program Chair for the national ACC
scientific meeting. We will also have the great honor of having with us Dr.
William Zoghbi, President of the American College of Cardiology who will speak
on the current National ACC status.
The ACC is also proud to host Dr. Anne Gillis, the President of the Heart Rhythm
Society (HRS), a professional organization dedicated to attending all aspects of
heart rhythm disorders. HRS has worked closely with the ACC in many areas to
help improve the care of cardiovascular patients.
The Sixth Annual Cardiac Care Associates (CCA) Convention is composed of
three days of interesting CCA topics and workshops. The CCA Convention will
be directed by Dr. Miriam Nieto and Mrs. Abigail Matos, President and Secretary/
Treasurer of the CCA PR Chapter, respectively. We have invited both local and
national speakers who will cover topics such as:
Lipid management, nuclear stress testing, nursing care during cardiac
catheterization and the post-operative period, cardiac rehabilitation,
hemodynamics as well as many others. In addition to the lectures there are
two workshops scheduled for Sunday morning on atrio-ventricular blocks and
congenital heart disease in children.
This has been a special year in which all cardiovascular societies in Puerto Rico
have sit down together to discuss all the challenges facing our profession and
we expect that this unifying spirit will perpetuate for many more years.
The 2012 Puerto Rico Cardiovascular Summit will provide a unique opportunity
to unite again to discuss the future of cardiology education and quality of care
for our patients. We anticipate that this experience will serve to strengthen our
respective organizations and our shared mission of improving the quality of life
of our patients. I am confident that our newly elected governor, Dr. Orlando
Rodriguez-Vila will take our chapter to a new level, and I personally want to
congratulate him on his new appointment.
The local chapter Governing Board and the Scientific Committee welcome you
and your family to celebrate with us this year‘s exciting event.
Luis Rodríguez Ospina, MD, FACP, FACC
President and Governor
PR ACC Chapter