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Mission Statement:  

To serve as the professional home for cardiovascular team members and to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health in Iowa.

The present and the past.  Dr. Mahi Ashwath (current  president) presents a plaque to Dr. Nick Shammas (immediate past president) thanking him for his services to Iowa ACC. 

"The ACC is a great organization and I am proud to have served the ACC as the President of the Iowa ACC. It was an amazing opportunity. Mahi has done a phenomenal job in the short time she has been President with the educational lectures, educating hundreds of our future generation of cardiologists. She will do amazing things in her role."
  ~ Dr. Nicholas Shammas

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COVID-19 Resources

As we all work together on the front lines to best serve our patients and lead COVID-19 response planning for our institutions, the ACC is working to provide COVID-19 clinical guidance for the global cardiovascular care team. They have provided invaluable resources to help you navigate this crisis:

They have created the COVID-19 Hub and the Member Hub COVID-19 Discussion category.  The COVID-19 Hub is continually updated as new information becomes available. We urge you to utilize this valuable resource regularly.  A comprehensive collection of ACC content related to Coronavirus Disease 2019(COVID-19) may be found here:  ACC COVID-19 RESOURCES.

The ACC ran a terrific series of COVID-19 Education Webinars over the summer. You can access them here.

Spotlight on Iowa Women in Cardiology and Spotlight on Cardiology Practices

We plan to start a new series with a "Spotlight on Iowa Women in Cardiology" and a "Spotlight on a Cardiology Practice" periodically. Please respond with your interest to Dr. Ashwath ( or Nancy ( if you wish to be considered for this

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We urge you to take the opportunity to attend the Virtual ACC Legislative Conference Oct 4th to 6th. Events will happen on Oct 4th and 5th and the virtual meetings with Members of Congress during the day on Tuesday. This meeting is important to communicate the interests of our patients and colleagues with our state leadership. Please consider registering and joining to have your voice heard. To register, click here and fill out the online registration form.

HeartPAC Committee Keyenote Featuring Charlie Cook and Amy Walter, Sunday, Oct. 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m.  General Admission: $250 for FACCs, $25 for CV Team/Chapter Executives/FITs/Spouses or Guests. Complimentary Invitation to Current Donors - FACCs who have given $1000+ in 2020, CV Team/Chapter Executives/FITs who have given $250+ in 2020.  To RSVP, pay for your ticket or find additional information, contact Caitlin Demchuk at or (202) 375-6506. 

Important News

FIT & Early Career Legislative Conference Meeting
Saturday, September 26, 2020 | Noon - 2 p.m. ET
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Reserve Your Place

Getting involved with ACC’s advocacy efforts means championing the interests of cardiology now as well as shaping the field's future. Learn more here.

Discover how to do both and register for the FIT and Early Career Legislative Conference Meeting on Sept. 26!

ACC Announces New Dates for ACC.21 in Atlanta

The ACC is excited to announce new dates for its 70th Annual Scientific Session & Expo in Atlanta, GA. The three-day meeting will now take place from May 15 – 17, 2021. “With continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, our hope is that the new dates will allow more people to attend in person and take advantage of the opportunity to reimagine global heart health, refocus on science and reconnect with friends and colleagues,” said ACC President Athena Poppas, MD, FACC. ACC.21 leaders and staff are working hard to ensure a safe environment with the latest health and safety guidelines in place. Additionally, an engaging ACC.21 Virtual experience will allow cardiovascular clinicians who are unable to attend in person to participate real-time with a global audience. Visit the ACC.21 website for answers to FAQs and ongoing updates on key dates and announcements. Registration and abstract submissions will open in October.

Honoring the Contributions of CV Administrators and Managers - Free Membership through 2021.

ACC is offering free membership to nonmember CV Team and CV Administrator professionals who join using the code below. These individuals will receive complimentary membership for 2020 and 2021. The $25 application fee is also waived!  Click here to apply.

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Valid from April 10 – December 31, 2020.

FREE FIT Membership in ACC's 19+ Member Section

Did you know that FITs receive FREE membership in ACC’s 19+ Member Sections. Select your preferences and unlock access to a community of professionals that share your specialaity and/or interest areas. Gain leadership experience, network with leaders in the field and make progress on priorities that matter to you.

Pathway from FIT to FACC
Learn how to make this transition happen quickly and easily.

Submit Your Prior Authorization Data!

Having difficulties getting procedures approved? Yes! Please take a moment to tell us via ACC’s web-based prior authorization tool (PARTool)!

Latest in Iowa Cardiology

Welcome New Iowa Chapter Strategic Council Members

  Central District Councilor  & Early Career Representative
   Ketan Koranne, MD, FACC 

  East Central District Councilor
  Troy E. Rhodes, MD, PhD, FACC

 East Central District Councilor
Brian Olshasnky, MD, FACC

  Cardiovascular Team Co-Liaison &  
  CV Team Council Co-Chair

  Shelly L. McGurk, PA, ARNP, NNP, 

  Cardiovascular Team Co-Liaison &
  CV Team Council Co-Chair
  Cynthia Burkholder, ARNP

  South Central District Councilor & Advocacy Representative
   Eduardo S. Antezano, MD, MBA, FACP, FACC

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