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Jack Lewin Resigns as CEO of American College of Cardiology (ACC)
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Jack Lewin. MD
Jack Lewin. MD
April 9, 2012 -- Washington, DC -- On Friday, Dr. Jack Lewin resigned as Chief Executive Officer of the 35,000 member American College of Cardiology (ACC) -- a position he has held since 2006. In a brief statement issued in the past hour, the ACC says, "Lewin is leaving to pursue other opportunities and challenges. The college wishes Dr. Lewin well in his future endeavors and thanks him for his service and contributions to the college. Moving forward, Tom Arend, currently ACC's General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer, will serve as the Interim Chief Staff Officer alongside the current team of Senior Vice Presidents and hundreds of others who work for and serve the college. ACC continues to be a vibrant organization with strong member and staff leadership. The Board of Trustees will begin the process of recruiting the next chief executive officer to lead the College in its exciting endeavors." No other details were made available, although newly installed ACC President William A. Zoghbi, MD, FACC was meeting with staff this morning.

Lewin's announcement comes just one week after conclusion of ACC.12, the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session & Expo, and only days after the ACC was in the headlines for publishing a list of "unnecessary tests for heart patients".

According to his ACC bio, "Under Lewin's leadership, ACC has aspired to contribute greatly to national leadership in advocacy related to expanding access to care for uninsured persons, and in reforming Medicare, Medicaid, and the financing and delivery of quality health care. These efforts are part of ACC's mission to promote 'heart health' and reductions in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality worldwide. ACC has over 300 employees and an annual budget of over $90 million."

Before he was CEO of the ACC, Lewin helmed the 35,000 member California Medical Association and its various subsidiary companies. His previous roles also included serving as Hawaii's Director of Health, CEO of Hawaii's statewide 13-facility Community Hospital System, and was the founder and first Director of the Navajo Nation Department of Health, serving the needs of America's largest Indian tribe.

Reported by Burt Cohen, April 9, 2012