Editorial Board


JoAnne M. Foody, MD, FACC
Medical Director, BWH Cardiovascular Wellness Service

JoAnne M. Foody, MD, FACC, FAHA, is the Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Wellness Center and Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Foody has active and international roles in cardiac disease prevention and rehabilitation with a particular focus on women and heart disease. Her research has focused on identifying and fostering greater use of clinical strategies that prevent adverse cardiovascular events in people with and without coronary artery disease.

Dr. Foody received her BA from Princeton University in 1986, and her MD from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine in 1990. She completed her internal medicine training at Brigham and Women's Hospital and training in general cardiology and preventive cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Foody is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.


CardioSmart is part of the American College of Cardiology’s commitment to patient-centered care. The program is based, in part, on the growing body of evidence suggesting that the patient’s experience of care along with medical outcomes can be improved when people become more knowledgeable and engaged in their own health management and care. Our goal in this effort is to continually improve both the care experience and health outcomes for people with heart disease. We aspire to achieve this goal through the development of partnerships, programs, and tools that draw the patient and family members into the care process through evidence-based, clinician-facilitated patient engagement resources (i.e. information sharing, patient participation, goal-setting and care collaboration). We also seek to enhance the provider-patient relationship and bridge the gap that currently exists between clinician communications and patient/family understandings of their critical roles in managing their heart health.

CardioSmart is overseen by the Patient-Centered Care Committee of the College. This committee provides overall strategic guidance for the broader patient-centered care initiatives conducted by the ACC, including the CardioSmart program. The Patient-Centered Care Committee includes members of the College who are active in programs and initiatives representing key and relevant mission areas of the ACC, including Education, Advocacy, and Science & Quality, as well as special member interest sections including Fellows in Training and Practice Administrators. Importantly, the Patient-Centered Care Committee will also include patients as active members.

Patient-Centered Care Committee

Mary Norine Walsh, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Chair)
Medical Director, Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation
St Vincent Heart Center of Indiana
Indianapolis, IN
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Joanne M. Foody, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Ex Officio)
Associate Professor
Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals
Boston, MA
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Jerry D. Kennett, M.D., M.A.C.C. (Ex Officio)
Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists
Columbia, MO
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Jane A. Linderbaum, MS, CNP, A.A.C.C. (Ex Officio)
Asst Prof of Medcn; Dir, CV Inpatient Practice
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN
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David C. May, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.C. (Ex Officio)
Cardiovascular Specialists, PA
Coppell, TX
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Jayanta T. Mukherjee, M.D. (Fellow-in-Training)
Waltham, MA
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Juan Villafane, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Governor Member)
Prof, Dept of Pediatrics, Univ of KY
Louisville, KY
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Alfred A. Bove, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.C.C. (Member)
Professor of Medicine (Emeritus)
Temple University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
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Russell R. Cross, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Director Cardiology Quailty and Outcomes Program
Children's National Medical Center
Washington, DC
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Paul L. Douglass, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Metropolitan Atlanta Cardiology Consultants, P.C.
Atlanta, GA
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Raymond E. Dusman, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Parkview Physicians Group-Cardiology
Fort Wayne, IN
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Andrew M. Freeman, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Dir, Ambulatory Electrocardiography; Co-Dir Nuclear Cardiology
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO
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Robert A. Guyton, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Professor and Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Emory Clinic, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
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Eileen M. Handberg, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Assistant Professor of Medicine Director, Clinical Programs
Shands at the University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
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William R. Lewis, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Metro Health Medical Center
Cleveland, OH
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Laxmi S. Mehta, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Director, Women's Cardiovascular Health Clinic
Ohio State University Medical Center
Powell, OH
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Louis E. Teichholz, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Prof. of Medicine (Crdlgy.)
Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack, NJ
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Tamar B. Plumb (Practice Administrator Member)
Practice Administrator
The Methodist Hospital Physician Org
Houston, TX
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ACC Member Contributors

Cardiovascular Team Registered Nurse Working Group

Cardiovascular Team Advanced Practice Nurse Working Group

Editorial Staff

Managing Editor: Jynelle A. Gracia, MFA

Contributing Writers: Caitlin Johnson, Amanda Crowe, MA, MPH

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