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American College of Cardiology Names John Gordon Harold, MD, Vice President

John Gordon Harold, M.D., MACC, MACP, FCCP, FAHA a past Chief of Staff of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, has been named vice president of the American College of Cardiology.

Harold’s term as one of the top officers of the 39,000-member group begins in April 2011 and his elevation to this post puts him on track to become president of the organization at the College’s 2013 annual meeting in San Francisco.

“Dr. Harold’s career achievements and his more than 20 years of advocacy on behalf of heart health have led to this honor of a leadership position in the American College of Cardiology,” said Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. His service and his medical expertise are an inspiration to his colleagues.”

Currently a member of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Directors, Harold previously served as Chief of Staff of the medical center as well as clinical chief of cardiology at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

Among his other leadership positions are serving on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles affiliate of the American Heart Association, where he is the immediate past president and from whom he received the AHA Passion of the Heart Award in 2007. Dr. Harold has been honored with the Master designation from both the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians

“I am excited about the opportunity to help direct one of the preeminent organizations dedicated to achieving the highest levels of education, research and patient care,” Harold said.

The American College of Cardiology is a 39,000-member nonprofit medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers. It bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet its stringent qualifications. The college is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines and is a staunch supporter of cardiovascular research. The group provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care.

“John is an outstanding choice for ACC Vice President given his commitment to the College and the respect he has earned among the cardiovascular profession,” said Jack Lewin, M.D., CEO of the ACC. “John’s leadership skills will go a long way toward helping the College address state and national issues affecting the continuous transformation of cardiovascular care, as well as collaborate on opportunities to improve heart health and cardiovascular care around the world.”

Harold has been active with the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association for more than 20 years and has chaired numerous fundraising events. He also has held national and state chapter offices, including Chair of the College’s Board of Governors, Executive Committee member and Governor for Southern California. In his new role, Harold will work closely with the College’s staff on national and state issues that affect the practice of cardiology.

A first-generation American son of Irish immigrants, Harold was born in California but grew up in New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree at City College of New York, where he was a member of the first graduating class of the Sophie Davis Center for Biomedical Education. Harold received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, which named him Alumnus of the Year in 2007.

After completing a three-year residency in internal medicine at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, Harold came to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 1982 to complete a fellowship in cardiology under the direction of his mentor, Jeremy Swan, MD, one of the inventors of the Swan-Ganz catheter.

The Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute is internationally recognized for outstanding heart care built on decades of innovation and leading-edge research. From cardiac rehabilitative and preventive care and heart transplantation to the training of the heart specialists of tomorrow and leading-edge research that is deepening medical knowledge and practice, the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.