A leading Texas-based cardiovascular surgeon has been named to a prestigious national council led by the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Tom Nguyen, an assistant professor of cardiovascular surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School who serves as a cardiovascular surgeon with the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center, was recently announced as a new appointee to the Surgeons Council of the American College of Cardiology (ACC).
Founded in 1949, the American College of Cardiology in Washington D.C. is one of the oldest non-profit organizations of its type in the United States that provides credentials for cardiovascular specialists who meet their rigorous criteria. According to a recent news release from UTHealth, “the ACC’s Surgeon Council is a leadership forum for cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons to identify, develop and implement initiatives related to strengthening and enhancing the surgeon perspective within the ACC.” For both Dr. Nguyen and UTHealth, the appointment is an endorsement of leadership in the field of cardiology.
Dr. Nguyen is not the first professor from UTHealth to serve on the ACC’s Surgeon’s Council. Currently, fellow board member Richard Smalling, M.D., Ph.D., the James D. Woods Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and director of interventional cardiovascular medicine in the Division of Cardiology at UTHealth and the Institute, has made news on BioNews Texas before in his role in launching a clinical trial to study the efficiency and effectiveness of cardiac plug in preventing the risk of ischemic stroke in patients with rhythm abnormalities like atrial fibrillation. Similar to Dr. Smalling, a Texas native who earned his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering, master’s degree in Bio-Medical Engineering, and Ph.D. from The University of Texas, Dr. Nguyen began his life sciences education in Texas, receiving his BA at Rice University in Houston.
Dr. Nguyen’s appointment will be made official at the ACC annual meeting March 28, 2014.