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Who We Are

A nonprofit organization, IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization is supported by the following organizations while operating independently of their activities. Representatives from these organizations, listed below, make up the IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization Board of Directors.

Board of Directors & Sponsoring Organizations

Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals (ACVP)

Patrick Hoier, MSHCE, BS, RCIS, RCSA, CTAE serves on the IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization Board of Directors as a representative of the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals (ACVP).

Heart Rhythm Society (HRS)

Abdi Rasekh, MD serves on the IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization Board of Directors as a representative of Heart Rhythm Society (HRS).

Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI)

Arnold H. Seto, MD, MPA, FSCAI, FACC serves as President-Elect on the IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization Board of Directors as a representative of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). He received his medical degree from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and a Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard JFK School of Government. He completed his cardiology fellowship at the University of California and interventional cardiology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He serves as the Chief of Cardiology at the Long Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center in Long Beach, CA. Dr. Seto was named a fellow in the Emerging Leadership Mentorship program sponsored by SCAI, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF). He is a recognized expert and speaker on the topics of vascular access, coronary physiology and patient safety in the cath lab.

Craig Beavers, Pharm.D., FAHA, AACC, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, CACP serves as Officer-at-Large on the IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization Board of Directors as a representative of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). Dr. Beavers graduated in 2009 from the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and a PGY2 cardiology pharmacy residency at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital in Lexington, KY. He is the Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator at UK Healthcare and Assistant Adjunct Professor with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. He has an active role in cath lab quality, safety and processes for UK. He has worked as adjunct faculty for Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, and served as the Director of Cardiovascular Services with focus on cath lab quality and processes for the Hospital Corporation of America. He currently serves as the co-chair of the clinical pharmacist workgroup of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and as a member of the Cardiovascular Team Council and Surviving Acute Myocardial Infarction Steering Committee. He is the first pharmacist to be a Cardiovascular Professional for SCAI and serves on its quality committee. He has served as the vice chair and chair of the ACCP Cardiology PRN Student and Resident Committee and currently serves as the PRN’s secretary/treasurer. He has published numerous papers, abstracts and textbook chapters with a focus on cardiovascular pharmacotherapy. He is board certified in pharmacotherapy with added qualifications in cardiology and is a certified anticoagulation care provider. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) and an associate of ACC.

George Vetrovec, MD, MSCAI serves as Secretary on the IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization Board of Directors as a representative of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). Dr. Vetrovec received his undergraduate (Phi Beta Kappa) and medical degrees from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. His internal medicine and cardiology specialty training was at the Medical College of Virginia Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA where he also served as a Chief Medical Resident. Dr. Vetrovec has been on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University since 1976 and become a full professor in 1986 including AOA recognition. He has served in multiple roles including Chairman of Cardiology, Director of the Adult Cardiac Catheterization laboratory and Associate Chairman of Medicine for Clinical Affairs. His scholarly interests involve improving the management of coronary artery disease, particularly related to catheterization and interventional techniques. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 papers, eight book chapters and has edited two texts on interventional cardiology and serves on multiple cardiovascular journal editorial boards. He has received multiples awards including the VCU Presidential Medallion, several Lifetime Achievement Awards including most recently the SCAI Helping Hearts award. Dr. Vetrovec was honored in 2013 by presenting the SCAI Founder’s Lecture at the Annual Session. In September 2015, Dr. Vetrovec retired from clinical practice. He is currently a Professor Emeritus at VCU and continues working full time as a medical consultant and teaching at VCU.

Mladen I. Vidovich, MD, FACC, FSCAI serves as Immediate Past-President on the IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization Board of Directors as a representative of Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). Dr. Vidovich currently is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He is an Interventional Cardiologist, Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. He is currently the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Governor for Department of Veterans Affairs and incoming Chair of the ACC Federal Section. Dr. Vidovich is member of the National Quality Forum Cardiovascular Standing Committee. He received his medical degree in 1991 from University of Zagreb in Croatia. Dr. Vidovich has won several awards and honors and has been published in numerous books, websites, abstracts and presentations. He has been invited to speak at national and international symposiums and conferences. Along with speaking at such engagements, he has also organized many educational CME courses since 2011. He is a member of several societies including the American Heart Association (AHA) and ACC.

Cardiology Members-at-Large

Ranya N. Sweis, MD, MS, FACC, FSCAI serves on the IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization Board of Directors as a Cardiology Members-at-Large. Dr. Sweis received her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 2002 and her M.S. in clinical investigation from Northwestern University in 2010. She conducted her post-graduate training at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. Dr. Sweis is currently an interventional cardiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL and an associate professor of medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a past president of the National Med-Peds Resident’s Association and is a member of several professional societies including the American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention (SCAI). Dr. Sweis currently serves on the SCAI women in innovations committee, a writing committee member of ACC/AHA valvular and structural heart disease (VHD) performance measures and on the ACC CVD in women (CVDW) committee. She also acts as a journal reviewer for JAMA Cardiology, Circulation, Catheterization and Cardiovascular Intervention and the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology. She has authored and co-authored multiple papers and abstracts and has given numerous presentations.

Pediatric Cardiology Members-at-Large

Aimee K. Armstrong, MD, FAAP, FACC, FSCAI serves as President on the IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization Board of Directors as a Pediatric Cardiology Member-at-Large. Dr. Armstrong earned her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. She is a Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and the Director of Cardiac Catheterization & Interventional Therapies at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. She is also the Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program and the Fetal Cardiac Intervention Team. Dr. Armstrong serves as the Co-Director of the International Symposium on 3D Imaging for Interventional Catheterization in CHD (3DI3) and the Co-Director of the ACC Reducing Radiation Risk (RRR) Quality Improvement Program.

Bryan H. Goldstein, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FAAP serves on the IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization Board of Directors as a Pediatric Cardiology Member-at-Large. Dr. Goldstein earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his pediatric cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at the University of Michigan. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Interventional Cardiology Service at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Goldstein was named a fellow in the Emerging Leadership Mentorship program sponsored by Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF). He is co-founder and vice president of the Congenital Cardiac Research Collaborative (CCRC), a multicenter group focused on improving congenital heart disease outcomes through improvement science, research and innovation. Dr. Goldstein is a recognized expert in Fontan circulation, transcatheter valve therapies in CHD and minimally invasive neonatal palliations.

Nursing Member-at-Large

Scott Hantz, MSN, RN, EMT-P serves on the IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization Board of Directors as a Nurse Member-at-Large. Mr. Hantz is the current Interim Assistant Director over the HVI OR’s as well as Nurse Manager of the Cardiac Cath Lab at The Cleveland Clinic. Formerly, he was the Nurse Manager of Lakewood Hospital’s Emergency Department. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Ohio University and his MSN from Chamberlain School of Nursing and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Keller school of business. Scott has earned several awards in both the emergency department and the cath lab environment that focus on efficiency and process improvement. He serves as a contributing editor for the Cath Lab Digest, which is a nationally published periodical. His team was recently featured in the October 2015 issue that highlights all the complex multi-modality procedures that are done in the Cleveland Clinic Cath Lab. Scott has authored several articles that substantiate how efficiencies improvements in the emergency department and the cath lab impacts patient care and satisfaction. Mr. Hantz is also on the advisory board for both Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University Schools of nursing where he also lectures on STEMI care along with process improvement. Mr. Hantz is also a long-standing member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

CEO

Mary Lally, MS, CAE is the Chief Executive Officer at the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Ms. Lally began her tenure with the IAC in 2007, serving as Director of Accreditation. In this role she has been instrumental in the development and oversight of the IAC’s MRI and CT diagnostic divisions as well as the Carotid Stenting, Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiovascular Catheterization therapeutic divisions. Ms. Lally has a unique combined background of clinical expertise and association management experience, possessing both a Master’s degree in Radiation Health Physics as well as the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. Before joining the IAC, Lally gained more than 20 years of clinical, operational and leadership experience, serving as the founding MRI program director at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. In addition, she developed and implemented radiology quality assurance programs with emphasis in the vascular surgery, interventional and cardiology departments at the University of Maryland Hospital. An ARRT-certified MRI Technologist, Ms. Lally is a passionate advocate for quality and safety in imaging.

Director of Accreditation – Cardiovascular Catheterization

Frank Vermeiren, MS, RT (R)(CV), RDCS is the Director of Accreditation for Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiovascular Catheterization at the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. He joined the IAC as a Clinical Specialist in May 2012 and was named Director of Accreditation – Cardiac Electrophysiology in 2014 and Director of Accreditation – Cardiovascular Catheterization in 2016. He is also Director of Strategic Business Development for the IAC. Mr. Vermeiren’s experience includes over 35 years of diagnostic imaging and therapeutic procedures in both cardiology and radiology environments. He is board-certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in Radiography and Cardiovascular Interventional Radiography, the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography in Pediatric and Adult Echocardiography and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Systems Management. He is a graduate of the Wesley Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology, the Johns Hopkins Program in Advanced Imaging and the Health Systems Management Program – College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore. He is an active member of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), the Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES), Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals (ACVP), the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography (SOPE), and a founding member of the Pediatric and Congenital Interventional Cardiovascular Society (PICS Society Founding Member).