Effective today, Malissa J. Wood, MD, FACC, will serve as Chair of the Board of Governors (BOG) of the American College of Cardiology and Secretary of the Board of Trustees. Her term of office is one year from 2022 to 2023.
Wood will lead governors from chapters representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and U.S. health officials. The BOG is the governing body of the ACC, a not-for-profit cardiovascular medical society representing over 54,000 cardiologists and cardiovascular care team members around the world.
“As Chair of the ACC Board of Governors, I will have an opportunity to listen and learn from the governors and the members who represent them. I hope that by encouraging open and honest discussion, we can identify the biggest challenges facing our members and work together to find solutions to those challenges,” said Wood. “By leveraging the resources created by the ACC, our governors, councils and chapter leaders can continue to expand diversity, inclusion, health equity and clinical wellbeing initiatives through chapter activities, thereby demonstrating the value of the ACC to our members.”
In addition to her new role as ACC BOG Chair, Wood has been an active member of the ACC throughout her career. She has served on the Executive Council of the ACC Women in Cardiology Committee, the ACC Cardiovascular Disease in Women Committee, and was the first woman governor of the Massachusetts chapter of the ACC. Wood said she is a dedicated advocate for her patients and colleagues and has been involved in successful lobbying at the state and national levels. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the ACC HeartPAC.
“From my first interaction with the ACC as a fellow-in-training to my current role as BOG Chair and Trustee, I have learned that the ACC can mean many different things to many different people. Despite this diversity of experiences, there is one common element in all I have met – a unified commitment to the ACC’s mission,” Wood said. “This commitment to transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health has never been more evident than over the past two years – the dedication, ingenuity, dedication and solidarity of our members has strengthened my belief that anything is possible, when you work as part of a dedicated team.”
Wood joined the staff of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in 2000, where she holds the Cathy E. Minehan Chair in Female Cardiovascular Disease. In 2007, she helped design and implement the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program at MGH to improve clinical care for women and the understanding of cardiovascular disease in women, which she currently leads alongside MGH’s multidisciplinary SCAD program . She is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
She has led publications addressing the impact of social determinants of health on cardiovascular care, identifying existing inequalities in care, and working to promote diversity in the field of cardiovascular medicine. She was co-editor of the textbook Gender differences in cardiovascular disease which was released in 2021.
Wood completed her bachelor’s and medical degrees in the combined BA/MD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, followed by residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts , where she worked as senior physician.
Other new ACC officers for 2022-2023 include President Edward TA Fry, MD, FACC; Vice President B. Hadley Wilson, MD, FACC; Board of Trustees members Pamela Bowe Morris, MD, FACC and Ed W. Childs, MD, FACS; and Membership Committee Chair Joseph Edward Marine, MD, MBA, FACC, and Board of Governors Chair Nicole Lohr, MD, PhD, FACC.
The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the college and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The ACC awards credentials to cardiovascular professionals who meet rigorous qualifications and are leaders in shaping health policies, standards and policies. The college also provides professional medical training and disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned jacc magazines, operates national registries to measure and improve care and provides cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and facilities. Visit acc.org for more information.
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