President’s Message


Annual Meeting, Progress, Initiatives, and the 2010 Joseph Stokes III Award

The American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC) held its annual meeting on March 5, 2010, in San Francisco in conjunction with the 50th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention, which brought together scientists, physicians, and other health care providers with an interest and passion in cardiovascular disease epidemiology and prevention. I would like to first thank outgoing president Dr Peter W. F. Wilson for his outstanding leadership and contributions over the past 2 years, during this important time of transition for the ASPC. I am pleased to welcome Dr Roger Blumenthal from Johns Hopkins University as president-elect of ASPC, as well as Dr Steven Kopecky from the Mayo Clinic as secretary-treasurer. Other board members include Dr Ezra Amsterdam, who is also chairing the newly formed Publications Committee, Dr Bill Aronow, Dr Douglas Schocken, Dr Lori Mosca, and Dr Deborah Levy.

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Perhaps the most significant change to ASPC during the past year has been the adoption of the professional services of Compass Management, which has a successful track record of growing several leading organizations such as the National Lipid Association. Important initiatives as we go forward include strengthening areas of membership and program development. This will include better defining our membership criteria and benefits and expanding our membership base to include not only more physicians and academic researchers involved in preventive cardiology but also other health care providers, including nurses, pharmacists, exercise specialists, dietitians, and corporations who share our passion in preventing cardiovascular disease. Collaboration with other organizations sharing common interests will be important in helping to accomplish this. Regarding program development, we are also expanding beyond our traditional annual debate to include sponsoring and cosponsoring new continuing medical education programs focusing on various aspects of cardiovascular disease prevention on a national and regional basis. For example, this past year, ASPC cosponsored the first Orange County (California) Lipid Symposium as well as a cardiometabolic risk symposium at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, and we will also have a collaborative session at the upcoming World Congress of Cardiology. Finally, we look forward to a closer relationship with our official journal, Preventive Cardiology. The first step toward this was a contract recently finalized between ASPC and Wiley-Blackwell, the journal’s publisher. We look forward to Dr Amsterdam’s guidance as the journal’s editor-in-chief in more actively engaging ASPC and its membership in furthering this as the key publication in the field of preventive cardiology.

At our recent meeting in San Francisco, we were pleased to honor Dr Amsterdam as the 2010 recipient of the Stokes Award, which commemorates Joseph Stokes III, MD, a cardiologist and epidemiologist who made numerous contributions to preventive cardiology and under whose leadership the ASPC was founded. Dr Amsterdam, professor of internal medicine and associate chief for academic affairs in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of California, Davis, has been an institution there for more than 40 years, training many of the noted cardiologists of today. He specializes in the management and prevention of coronary artery disease, noninvasive diagnostic methods, and exercise testing and training.

Dr Amsterdam’s research contributions are extensive and include more than 500 scientific papers and 7 books. Dr Amsterdam founded and has edited since its inception in 1998 Preventive Cardiology, the first journal devoted to this subject and one important to the field of preventive cardiology. The vision Dr Amsterdam had to begin this journal has been an important contributor to moving the field of preventive cardiology forward.

But perhaps Dr Amsterdam is known best to many as one of the most outstanding teachers in the field. Reginald Low, MD, chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, calls Amsterdam’s enduring record of service and scholarship inspirational. “Throughout his 4 decades of service, Dr Amsterdam has advanced knowledge and has enlightened the medical community with his insightful findings. Hundreds of students, residents, fellows, and patients have had the good fortune of benefiting from his wisdom,” Low said. Recognition of Amsterdam’s teaching contributions is reflected by honors that include the Raymond D. Bahr Award of Excellence 2010 by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. He has also received the Gifted Teacher Award of the American College of Cardiology, the Distinguished Teacher Award of UC Davis for Graduate and Professional Education, and many other awards.

Amsterdam says his passion for cardiology is reflected by the adage, “To the man who loves his work, there is no difference between work and play.” He continues his active roles on committees of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Society of Chest Pain Centers and as an invited lecturer at their national meetings.

The ASPC is honored to be able to bestow the Stokes Award this year on Ezra Amsterdam, MD.

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