Fellows in Training Networking Dinner

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
7:00 PM

Bristol Bar and Grille Highlands
1321 Bardstown Road, Louisville

Make plans to join other FITs for the first FIT Networking Dinner! The Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center is accredited by the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Southern Kentucky AHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of (one (1) credit) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™ Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Cardiac Care Associate (CCA)

Kentucky Chapter CCA Liaison
Pat Hovart, R.N.
793 Eastern By-Pass
Suite 201
Richmond, KY 40475

Welcome to the CCA page of the ACC Kentucky Chapter. We have a vision for all CCAs to contribute as we are such an important partner in our patient’s health care. Preventive care is the key to preventing heart disease as we all know. Unfortunately we have a very obese population within our state along with a huge percentage of smokers.

As a group we feel we can help educate our children as to heart healthy habits. We envision development of educational groups of CCA. These group of CCAs will be called “chambers”. These chambers will be located throughout our state. For each chamber there will be a chairperson who will coordinate all local activities and participate in teleconferences with all state chairpersons.

As a statewide ACC activity, once a year, we can tackle a project to occur simultaneously throughout the state on the same day. This project will revolve around Healthy Heart Habits. Again, we feel strongly, we need to start with our children. Education is the key.

We need volunteers for these committees along with volunteers who will be willing to chair a chamber from all parts of Kentucky. We truly believe we can improve the heart health of Kentuckians by educating our young to start good lifelong heart healthy habits. Together we can make a difference. Please consider helping us develop our “chambers” by volunteering to be a chairperson.

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If you are not a member of the Kentucky Chapter of the ACC or know someone who would like to join, follow this link for an application and learn about the advantages of being a member

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Patricia Horvat, RN
Cardiac Care Associate
Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Cardiology

Honorable Maestro Award

The Honorable Maestro Award is the Kentucky Chapter - American College of Cardiology's highest honor. The award recognizes achievements in the field of cardiology and medicine, leadership in the regional and national cardiology community, charity work, mentorship as well as vigilant care of the sick. The recipient is recognized on-stage at the Annual Meeting. Additionally, one of the national talks the following year will be named in their honor.

Honorable Maestro Recipients

2021: Vidya Yalamanchi, MD
After completing medical school in India, Dr. Yalamanchi dreamed of coming to the United States to further advance his medical training. He completed his residency training in Chicago and always knew he wanted to become a Cardiologist, after having witnessed his brother in law suffer a myocardial infarction at a young age. Knowing that what partially contributed to his demise was that he did not have access to appropriate medical care or facilities, Dr. Yalamanchi had a personal mission to serve a community that was in need of cardiology services.

In his search he came across Hazard, KY, and at that time ARH was building a new hospital. The mountains reminded him of his hometown in India, and he was also excited about the care, potential services, and education that he could provide, to help a community that carries a high incidence rate of coronary artery disease. It was then that he decided to move to Hazard to help provide patients gain better access to medical care locally.

When he moved to Hazard in 1986, there was only a treadmill stress test available. However when he started his practice, they quickly began performing echocardiograms and nuclear stress tests. He was easily seeing 2-3 patients a day with myocardial infarctions and transferred them out several hours away for further cardiac care. He quickly learned there was a need for a cardiac cath lab in this small community.

After they started performing heart catheterization procedures, they got extremely busy and soon recognized the need for another cath lab. He was honored to donate the money to a community who had welcomed him, and with that they were able to start the second lab. Since then their cardiac services only continue to expand and they now offer cardiac surgery locally.

2020: Susan Smyth, MD, PhD, FACC

2019: Jesse Adams, MD, FACC

2018: Roberto Bolli, MD, FAHA, FACC
University of Louisville cardiologist and researcher, Roberto Bolli, MD, FAHA, FACC, is director of U of L’s Institute of Molecular Cardiology and serves as scientific director of the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute at the university. He is also a professor and chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the School of Medicine. In the past year, he received one of the largest grants ever for medical research at the University of Louisville, to study a promising new type of adult cardiac stem cell that has the potential to treat heart failure. Dr. Bolli’s research focus has been on how to repair the heart and cure heart failure using a patient’s own stem cells. It is an approach that could revolutionize the treatment of heart disease.
2017: Juan Villafañe, MD, FACC
Juan Villafañe has practiced pediatric cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology in Kentucky since 1986 when he joined the University of Louisville to become the first pediatric cardiac electrophysiologist in the whole region. He is now a full time senior pediatric cardiologist practicing non-invasive cardiology and electrophysiology. He has a faculty appointment as Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Villafañe is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. He received his pediatric cardiology training at the University of Puerto Rico in 1981. In addition, he did a two-year fellowship at the University of Miami specializing in pediatric cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology.
2016: David Moliterno, MD, FACC
David Moliterno is a cardiologist in Lexington, Kentucky. He received his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

  • 2015: Patrick Withrow, MD, FACC
  • 2014: Laman Gray, MD, FACC
  • 2013: Jamie Jacobs, MD, FACC
  • 2012: Morris Weiss, MD, FACC
  • 2011: Jacqueline Noonan, MD, FACC

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Board of Directors


Jacqueline Dawson Dowe, MD, FACC
Western Kentucky Heart and Lung
365 Village Way
Bowling Green, KY 42103-7804




Johnstone John Johnstone, MD
819 West Main Street
Richmond, KY 40475

Immediate Past Governor

Smyth Gretchen L. Wells MD, PHD, FACC
UK Health Care
900 South Limestone Street
326 Charles T. Wethington Bldg
Lexington, KY 40536


Patricia Grodecki, MD, FACC
920 Squire Oaks Dr
Villa Hills, KY
Steve Leung, MD, FACC

Brian Holland, MD, FACC, FAAP
571 S. Floyd St. Ste. 334
Louisville, KY
Brian Lea, MD
Baptist Health / Baptist Heart Group
2601 Kentucky Ave
Doctors Office Building 1, Suite 301
Paducah, KY

Tracy E. Macaulay, PHARMD, AACC
University of Kentucky
College of Pharmacy
789 S Limestone St
Lexington, KY 40536
Majd Makhoul, MD, FACC
University of Kentucky
138 Leader Avenue
Lexington, KY 40508
Andrew Burchett, MD
Highlands Regional Medical Center
5000 KY Rt 321 Ste 4201
Prestonburg, KY 41653

George Dimeling, MD
Saint Joseph’s Hospital
Cardiothoracic Surgery
1401 Harrodsburg Road, B 275
Lexington, KY 40504

Liaisons to the Board

CV Team Member Liasion

Mary Blanton Covell, PharmD, MPH, BCPS
Ephraim McDowell Heart & Vascular Institute
217 S. Third Street
Danville, KY

FIT Liaison

Praneeth Katrapati, MD
University of Louisville
1037 Everett Ave, Apt 32
Louisville, KY 40204

FIT Liaison

Megan Smith, DO
The Medical Center
250 Park Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101

FIT Liaison

Matthew Sousa, MD
University of Kentucky
900 S. Limestone St. Suite 324
Lexington, KY 40536

Annual Scientific Meeting Committee Chair

Steve Leung, MD, FACC
University of Kentucky
900 S. Limestone St.
CT Wethington Bldg Rm 324
Lexington, KY 40536 c

Past Governors

  • Khaled M. Ziada, MD, FACC, FSCAI 2019-2020
  • Susan Smyth, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.C. 2016-2019
  • Jesse E. Adams, III, MD, FACC 2013-2016
  • Juan Villafane, MD, FACC 2010-2013
  • David J. Moliterno, MD, FACC 2007-2010
  • Albert B. Mercer, MD, FACC 2004-2007
  • Robert R. Goodin, MD, FACC 2001-2004
  • Morris M. Weiss, MD, FACC 1998-2001
  • Bill H. Harris, MD, FACC 1995-1998
  • Laman A. Gray, Jr., MD, FACC 1992-1995
  • Jacqueline A. Noonan, MD, FACC 1989-1992
  • Henry W. Post, MD, FACC 1986-1989
  • Michael J. Hearne, MD, FACC 1983-1986
  • Nancy C. Flowers, MD, FACC 1980-1983
  • Jacqueline A. Noonan, MD, FACC 1977-1980
  • Ralph Shabetai, MD, FACC 1976-1977
  • Ralph M. Denham, MD, FACC 1973-1976
  • Robert N. Class, MD, FACC 1970-1973
  • Walter S. Coe, MD, FACC 1967-1970