Dear PaACC –
Happy December! We made it to the end of 2021. Good job. While the year brought bumps and bruises that are still healing, I am proud of our chapter for the resilience that we have shown and the triumphs we have made. In case you missed the highlights this year, here’s a short list of (and links to) our proudest accomplishments:
As I look toward the New Year, I do so with gratitude. Thank you to our Chapter Leaders who made these proud moments happen, to our Chapter Learners who bring curiosity to our education, to our Chapter Advocates who make change happen, to our Chapter Members who create our inspiring community, and to our Chapter Partners who extend our impact. We are better together.
Hope you have a safe and happy New Year.
See you in 2022!
KatieKatie Berlacher, MD, FACC
President, Pennsylvania Chapter ACC
Governor, Western Pennsylvania
July 2021 - Glenn Cooper, MD, FACC
I Think About the Son
Mr. R was amazing. He was diagnosed with kidney cancer. A huge tumor. Over 10 cm, I believe. As a man well into his 80s, he was at significant risk for surgery to remove the kidney. On top of that was the aortic valve disease. He had severe aortic stenosis. Of all the issues a patient can have that put them at high risk for surgery, severe aortic stenosis is top of the list. We had talked about that valve. Mr. R made it crystal clear that he wanted no part of aortic valve surgery. He was a bit of a cantankerous guy. Old school. World War II generation. The "Greatest Generation". Little things (like kidney cancer) don’t bother me, and, if they do, I certainly won't complain about them! To read the rest, click here.
Humans of Cardiology is an opportunity for PaACC members to share motivating stories about their personal and professional lives and was inspired by the wildly popular Humans of New York series. Submit your story and view past posts here.