Committee Chairs

CMA Relations

Partner with the California Medical Association to advocating for physicians, nurses, and their patients.
 

Budget and Finance

Prepare an annual budget and monitor the results of Chapter operations. Prepare and present monthly reports of the financial condition of the Chapter.
 

Membership

Design and implement programs that address member needs and continually educate members about such programs, as well as encouraging them to take advantage of all the various benefits CA ACC offers.

 

Political Action (PAC)

Contribute to the election of candidates whose political philosophies and values reflect those of cardiovascular specialists and who are in a position to further our goals of optimizing cardiovascular care for our patients. Encourage members to donate to allow CA ACC to represent cardiovascular interests in Sacramento. Membership in the PAC is voluntary.
 

Practice Administrator

Provide tools to improve clinical care management and information on advocacy, reimbursement & policy issues affecting cardiovascular care management.

 

Public Relations

The Public Relations Committee is charged with getting CA members involved, engaged and proud to be FACC. Get patients and public to realize the import and need for FACC.

Cardio Pac, Exercise Health & Sports, Israeli, CMA Rep Committees

1. To add value to our membership by educating our members in diagnosis and treatment of athletes.
2. To raise the awareness of Exercise Health to the Californians thereby reducing and preventing Cardiovascular related morbidity and mortality.

 CA ACC to join a committee.

Ramin Manshadi, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FAHA Vice President & Northern California Governor Delegate to CMA Specialty Society; Cardio PAC; Exercise Health & Sports Cardiology; CHAPTER Exchange – Israel Chair

Ramin Manshadi, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FAHA Vice President & Northern California Governor Delegate to CMA Specialty Society; Cardio PAC; Exercise Health & Sports Cardiology; CHAPTER Exchange – Israel Chair

Manshadi Heart Institute

Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC Nominations; Cardio PAC; Women In Cardiology Alternate

Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC Nominations; Cardio PAC; Women In Cardiology Alternate

Cardiologist, Newport Coast Cardiology, Inc.

(949) 548-6634
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Norman Lepor, MD, FACC

Norman Lepor, MD, FACC

CMA Rep

Matthew Wheeler, MD Exercise Health & Sports Cardiology Co-Chair

Matthew Wheeler, MD Exercise Health & Sports Cardiology Co-Chair

Stanford University Medical Center Division of Cardiology

(650) 725-1846 Profile

Cardio Oncology

  • To advance the science and clinical care of the evolving field of cardio-oncology through education, collaboration, and communication.
Brenton Bauer, MD, FACC Cardio-Oncology Chair

Brenton Bauer, MD, FACC Cardio-Oncology Chair

General cardiology, Cardio-oncology, and Advanced cardiac imaging COR Healthcare Associates

Certs and Licenses

This committee is responsible for advocating for sensible state and Federal regulations, and educating CA ACC members about the regulations and changes as they occur.

Paul Teirstein, MD, FACC Certification and Licensure, Chair

Paul Teirstein, MD, FACC Certification and Licensure, Chair

Interventional Cardiologist, Scripps Clinic

(858) 554-9905 Profile

Communications Committee

Danielle Belardo, MD

Danielle Belardo, MD

Communications Committee

Purvi Parwani, MD, FACC

Purvi Parwani, MD, FACC

Communications Committee

CV Chapter Rep & CV Team (North & South)

Provide a forum for interaction and education for Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, Physican Assistants, Registered Nurses, PharmD’s, and other support team members.

Jonathan David, MSN, RN, CCRP (north)

Jonathan David, MSN, RN, CCRP (north)

Mary Schoenbaum, NP, AACC CVT Rep - Southern Alternate

Mary Schoenbaum, NP, AACC CVT Rep - Southern Alternate

University of Southern California

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

1. Build a robust pipeline of medical students and internal medicine residents interested in cardiology
2. Ensure diversity and inclusion in our training programs
3. Provide leadership development opportunities
Kevin Alexander. MD, FACC Diversity & Inclusion

Kevin Alexander. MD, FACC Diversity & Inclusion

Fellow, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology at Stanford Health Care

Padmini Varadarajan, MBBS, FACC (south)

Padmini Varadarajan, MBBS, FACC (south)

 
 

Early Career Committee

To identify needs of those new in practice and coordinate educational and networking events.
Aditya Satish Bharadwaj, MBBS, FACC Early Career, Southern

Aditya Satish Bharadwaj, MBBS, FACC Early Career, Southern

Cardiology, Loma Linda University

(713) 336-3353 Profile
Celina Yong, MD, FACC (North)

Celina Yong, MD, FACC (North)

FIT (North & South)

Provide quality education on topics not included in their training programs. Continue communicating with Program Directors throughout the state.

 
Megan Pelter, MD (south)

Megan Pelter, MD (south)

FIT (South)

Paniz Vafaei, MD (North)

Paniz Vafaei, MD (North)

FIT (North)

Foundation

Garwood Gee, MD, FACC (incoming)

Garwood Gee, MD, FACC (incoming)

Geriatric

Ashok Krishnaswami, MBBS, FACC Geriatric; District 5

Ashok Krishnaswami, MBBS, FACC Geriatric; District 5

Cardiologist, Kaiser Permanente

(408) 972-6380 Profile

Government Relations

Monitor all legislation and actively lobby to defeat those bills which we consider adverse to the health interest of the people of California, as well as to support those bills which are in their best health interests. We will pursue our legislative programs at every possible stage of the legislative process.
Teresa Daniele, MD Women in Cardiology Co-Chair, Government Relations, District 7

Teresa Daniele, MD Women in Cardiology Co-Chair, Government Relations, District 7

University Cardiovascular Center, UCSF

(559) 320-6155 Profile

Innovation

Catalyzing innovation to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease.
Evan Muse, MD, FACC

Evan Muse, MD, FACC

Innovation Committee

Nominations 

Recommend nominees for the 31 District Council positions and Governors. Solicit and certify all annual award recipients.
Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC Nominations; Cardio PAC; Women In Cardiology Alternate

Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC Nominations; Cardio PAC; Women In Cardiology Alternate

Cardiologist, Newport Coast Cardiology, Inc.

(949) 548-6634
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Pediatric / ACHD Committees

The Pediatric Cardiology Committee provides input from pediatric cardiology to the Chapter’s Committees and Council. Issues of recent concern for the Chapter have included the epidemic of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in children.

Ahmed Kheiwa, MBBCH

Ahmed Kheiwa, MBBCH

Pediatric / ACHD

Prevention Committee

To reduce the number of Californians with heart and vascular diseases through education and promotion of optimal heart healthy lifestyles, risk factor control, and preventive therapies.
John D. Baker MD, FACP, FACC, FSCAI Delegate to CMA Specialty Society; Prevention Co-Chair; Councilor for District 11

John D. Baker MD, FACP, FACC, FSCAI Delegate to CMA Specialty Society; Prevention Co-Chair; Councilor for District 11

Invasive/Interventional Cardiologist, Pacific Cardiovascular Associates

(714) 956-9788 Profile

Nathan Wong, PhD, FACC Prevention Co-Chair

Nathan Wong, PhD, FACC Prevention Co-Chair

Professor and Director, UCI Heart Disease Prevention Program University of California, Irvine

(949) 824-5433 Profile

Quality Committee

The Quality Committee/Initiatives shall focus on new standards for health system reform that is patient focused, value-based and fosters continuous quality and outcomes improvement. It shall also encourage and assist chapter-wide integration and completion of all National Quality Initiatives, as well as any additional initiatives that local leadership select, such as STEMI, D2B, Hospital to Home, & Mission Lifeline.

Matt Solomon, MD, FACC

Matt Solomon, MD, FACC

Quality

Third Part/CAC (Interventional & Cardiology Main)

Monitor all issues dealing with quality of patient care and third party reimbursement, educate payors on issues, and keep the membership informed of ongoing changes.
Brijesh Bhambi, MBBS, FACC Interventional

Brijesh Bhambi, MBBS, FACC Interventional

Cardiologist, Central Cardiology Medical Clinic

(661) 323-8384 Profile

Richard F. Wright, MD, FACC Third Party Reimbursement/Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC)

Richard F. Wright, MD, FACC Third Party Reimbursement/Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC)

Research Director and Director of the Heart Failure Center, Pacific Heart Institute

(310) 829-7678
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Wellness

Helping Physicians avoid burnout by promoting intrinsic motivations and how what we DO at work aligns with our overall values and purpose in life.
Sheila Kar, MBBS, FACC Wellness Co-Chair

Sheila Kar, MBBS, FACC Wellness Co-Chair

Clinical Chief of Cardiology, Cedars Sinai Heart Institute; Sheila Kar Health Foundation

(310) 657-8500 Profile

Women In Cardiology

Provide mentors, targeted education and support for Women in Cardiology in the various phases of their careers. Encourage new women in Cardiology and those in the field to remain in the field.

Janet Wei, MD, FACC Women in Cardiology Co-Chair & Treasurer

Janet Wei, MD, FACC Women in Cardiology Co-Chair & Treasurer

Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center

CARDIO PAC Board

Norman Lepor, MD, FACC
Daniel Jurewitz, MD, FACC
Ramin Manshadi, MD, FACC
Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC
Anthony Hilliard, MD, FACC
Lianna Collinge, CAE
Tim Madden
Pranav Patal, MD, FACC

Foundation Board

Officers:
Chairman: Garwood Gee, MD, FACC
President/CEO: Lianna Collinge, CAE
Secretary/Treasurer: Sheila Kar, MBBS, FACC
Noel Boyle, MD, FACC
Matthew Budoff, MD, FACC
John Gordon, MD, FACC

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