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- W. Douglas Weaver, MD⁎ ()
- ↵⁎Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute, 2799 West Grand Boulevard K-14, Detroit, Michigan 48202-2608
As an organization based in the U.S., the American College of Cardiology recognizes that it has as much to learn as it has to teach from our engagements with partners outside the U.S. The goals and examples outlined in the letter from Dr. Madu and colleagues concerning my recent report (1) are shared ones, and we must work collaboratively in order to reach them.
The College's recent international strategy has been developed first and foremost to be collaborative and not prescriptive with other international societies and with our international members, and second, to work with willing partners to better understand the needs that cardiovascular specialists have on a local level to develop programs and products that help mitigate those challenges and improve the care of all patients with cardiovascular disease. For this reason, the College has implemented a new international governance structure aimed at improving international representation and exchange. Our primary goals are to provide better value of membership to our international members, to foster collaboration around global issues, to improve the care of patients with cardiovascular disease, and last, to provide educational and quality improvement resources to those wishing to collaborate. We strongly believe that our strategy of collaboration in both resource-rich as well as resource-limited settings will help us to achieve our shared vision of improving quality patient-centered cardiovascular care globally. I urge you and other international members to become involved in the International Council—which now provides forums for you to advance initiatives and sustainable structures to improve world cardiovascular health.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation