The Future of America's Heart Centers: Physician Leadership

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Saturday, April 2, 8:00-9:30 AM

The challenges with healthcare reform, a sluggish economy and dwindling reimbursements requires strong leadership within medical societies, hospitals and practices to keep everyone motivated to continue to do their best. This session will explore various pockets of cardiovascular medicine and the leadership that will be required to take cardiologists, cardiology practices and allied professionals to the next level of quality care.

In this session, you will hear from those closest to private practices, those associated with academic medicine and those associated with the American College of Cardiology.

There is no doubt that the practice of medicine will look differently in five years than it does today. In fact, it looks differently than it did two years ago. How can everyone prepare for the inevitable when that inevitability has so much uncertainty?

Cardiology has experienced growing pains in the past and has risen from the ashes of change to become a better field. No doubt, the field will do so again. But it needs strong and committed leadership. If you attend this session, it just might provide you with the necessary information for you to go back to your practice or facility and assume a more responsible role in shaping the future of medicine.

Speaker Information

  • Patrick J. White, MD, President of MedAxiom, South Lyon, Mich. – The Evolution of Integration: What Will Our Heart Centers Look Like in 5 Years?
  • Cathleen Biga, President and CEO of Cardiovascular Management, Woodridge, Ill. -- The Evolution of Integration: What Will Our Heart Centers Look Like in 5 Years?
  • Joseph A. Hill, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas -- How Do the Academic Heart Centers Adapt to Reform
  • Pamela S. Douglas, MD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. -- How Do the Academic Heart Centers Adapt to Reform
  • James Palazzo, MBA, president of Paragon Health, Grapevine, Texas -- Service Line Management: How Do We Train the Cardiologists?
  • Howard T. Walpole, MD, Saint Thomas Heart, Nashville, Tenn. -- Service Line Management: How Do We Train the Cardiologists?
  • C. Michael Valentine, MD, Cardiovascular Associates, Lynchburg, Va. -- What Is the ACC Doing to Help Us in Response to the Leadership Chasm?
  • George P. Rodgers, MD, University of Texas, Austin, Texas -- What Is the ACC Doing to Help Us in Response to the Leadership Chasm?