The members of our governing boards are passionate about winning the fight against cardiovascular disease.


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Accreditation Management Board

Wayne State Phillip D. Levy, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAHA, FACC (Chair)
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Physiology,
Associate Chair for Research, Department of Emergency Medicine
Director, Clinical Research Service Center
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Integrative Biosciences Center
Brigham and Women's Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, FSCAl, FESC
Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs,  
Brigham and Women's Hospital Heart & Vascular Center
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC
Associate Director, Acute Cardiac Care;
Director, Coronary Intensive Care Unit Associate Professor, Dept(s) of Internal Medicine (Cardiology);
Emergency Medicine and Radiology
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

SMB Steven M. Berkowitz, MD, FACC
SMB Healthcare Consulting
Univeristy of Virginia David R. Burt, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Virginia Health System
Univ. Maryland Robert H. Christenson, PhD, DABCC, FACB
Professor of Pathology,
Professor of Medical and Research Technology
University of Maryland, School of Medicine
Ochsner Steven B. Deitelzweig, MD, MMM, SFHM, FACP, FACC, RVT
Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Hospital Medicine
UC Davis Deborah B. Diercks, MD, MSc, FACEP, FACC
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, Davis Medical Center
Henry Ford James McCord, MD, FACC
In-patient Director of Cardiology
Henry Ford Hospital
Baylor W. Frank Peacock IV, MD, FACEP, FACC
Professor, Associate Chair and Research Director
Dept. of Emergency Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Ben Taub Hospital
Emory Univ. School of Medicine Michael A. Ross, MD, FACEP, FACC
Medical Director of Observation Medicine and Chest Pain Center
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Rush University Gary L. Schaer, MD, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI
Professor of Medicine
Director, Cardiology Research and Strategic Development
Rush University
Univ. Florida David E. Winchester, MD, MS, FACP, FACC
Staff Cardiologist
Malcom Randall VAMC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Florida COM



Saint Agnes Raymond D. Bahr, MD, FACC
Retired from St. Agnes Healthcare, Coronary Care Unit
Founder, Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
Harvard Clinical Research Christopher P. Cannon, MD, FACC
Executive Director of Cardiometabolic Trials
Harvard Clinical Research Institute
Advisor, Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care


Foundation Board Members

UC Davis J. Douglas Kirk, MD, FACEP, FACC (Co-Chair)
Chief Medical Officer
University of California, Davis Medical Center
Duke L. Kristin Newby, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA (Co-Chair)
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Duke Clinic Research Institute
UC Irvine Alpesh Amin, MD, MBA, FACP, SFHM, FACC
Professor & Chair, Dept. of Medicine
Executive Director, Hospitalist Program
University of California
UC Davis Ezra Amsterdam, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Director, Coronary Care Unit
University of California, Davis Medical Center
Brennan Manna Diamond John Childs, Esq
Brennan, Manna and Diamond
St. Francis Shahriar Dadkhah, MD, MBA, FACP, FACC, FCCP, FSCAI
Director of Cardiology Research
Saint Francis Hospital
Univ. Virginia Chris Ghaemmaghami, MD, FACEP, FACC
Chief Medical Officer
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
University of Virginia Health System and Medical School
Central Conn Louis G. Graff, IV, MD, FACEP, FACP, FACC
Medical Director, Chest Pain Unit
New Britain General Hospital
Heart, Lung, Blood Institute Mary Hand, MSPH, RN, AACC
Retired from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (Division for the Application of Research Discoveries)
CedarsSinai Timothy Henry, MD, FACC
Interventional Cardiologist
Chief of Cardiology
Cedars Sinai Heart Institute
Drexdal Pratt, CPM
Retired from
Health & Human Services
State of North Carolinaes

Dr. Ray Bahr

Our Founder

Dr. Raymond Bahr is a President Emeritus of the Society of Chest Pain Centers and continues to act as an advisor to ACC Accreditation Services. More than having conceived the first Chest Pain Center, Dr. Bahr continues to be a driving force within our organization. He founded the Society of Chest Pain Centers (later the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care — the forerunner to ACC Accreditation Services). His Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) program is a benchmark for community outreach and education in heart disease. Dr. Bahr debuted EHAC as a common sense movement which recognizes that early symptoms of a heart attack occur in 50 percent of all heart attack patients and that these "beginnings" allow time for preventive measures to take place. As part of the mission to to change behavior and attitudes and increase awareness, Dr. Bahr devised the EHAC Oath.



"I understand that heart attacks have beginnings that may include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, shoulder and/or arm pain, and weakness.

These may occur hours or weeks before the actual heart attack.

I solemnly swear that if it happens to me or anyone I know, I will call 9-1-1 or activate our Emergency Medical Services."


The number of individuals who have taken the Early Heart Attack Care pledge has now climbed to nearly 650,000. What does the milestone mean to our founder?

"If each pledge saves just one life, we can almost cut the US cardiovascular death rate by fifty percent. With the changes in health care, we are taking the message beyond the hospital doors to involve the community and to help us save more lives. By spreading the message beyond the hospital doors, we can create the Virtual Coronary Care Unit in the Community to help reduce the burden on hospitals."

Dr. Raymond Bahr


Two recent articles by Dr. Bahr emphasize the improtance of continued awareness for Early Heart Attack Care and Heart Disease.

"Creating a Virtual Coronary Care Unit in the Community"
This article appears in the December 2014 issue of Critical Pathways in Cardiology. It outlines the strategy and vision that is required to achieve a Virtual Coronary Care Unit.

"EHAC Strategy Update"
Dr. Bahr wrote this article to update the accredited facilities on the growth in Early Heart Attack Care and his vision of new growth in 2015.