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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 members.

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 hypertension.

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