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January 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dr. Laxmi Mehta, clinical director of the women’s cardiovascular health program and associate director of education at the Center for Women’s Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, has been elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) as the first female ACC Governor for Ohio. Mehta's term will run March 2015-2018. She will concurrently serve as the president of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. She will serve as Governor-Elect beginning March 2014.
“Serving the ACC as the first female Governor for Ohio is a great honor, and we’re proud to have Dr. Mehta representing the Wexner Medical Center in this esteemed leadership position,” said Dr. Thomas Ryan, director of the OSU Heart and Vascular Center.
In her position as a member of the Board of Governors, Mehta will join other elected Governors from across the country to facilitate communication between ACC leaders and their members in the state they represent. Mehta will provide input from the Ohio cardiology community to the ACC on issues related to legislative and regulatory concerns, practice needs, and needs to help members improve patient care.
As the Ohio chapter president, she will also serve as the voice of the Ohio cardiology community when advising local and state government officials, media and other professional organizations on issues related to cardiovascular disease. Mehta will also work with the Ohio Chapter members to provide education, quality improvement activities, and avenues to influence legislative and regulatory issues affecting the practice of cardiology and quality patient care.
The American College of Cardiology is a 43,000-member medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers who all aim to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The ACC provides professional education, operates national registries to measure and improve quality of care, disseminates cardiovascular research, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications.