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Centra cardiologist named new president of American College of Cardiology

C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC officially resumed his role during the Convocation Ceremony held in conjunction with the ACC's 67th Annual Scientific Session in Orlando on Tuesday, March 13 (Centra)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A senior cardiologist at the Stroobants Cardiovascular Center of Centra Health in Lynchburg has been named the new president of the American College of Cardiology.

C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC officially resumed his role during the Convocation Ceremony held in conjunction with the ACC's 67th Annual Scientific Session in Orlando on Tuesday, March 13.

He will serve a one-year term.

Valentine specializes in cardiac catheterization, device placement and arrhythmia therapy, clinical quality, leadership and practice development. and intervention, according to the American College of Cardiology.

The ACC said he first became involved in 1993 and has worked his way up through the leadership ranks, including serving on the Advocacy Committee, as Virginia Chapter governor, as Board of Governors chair, treasurer and on the Board of Trustees.

During his year as president, Valentine said he hopes to achieve several critical goals, including guiding the Board of Trustees in delivering and executing the College's next five-year Strategic Plan, leading the Board in successfully completing the 2018 Strategic Priorities and working with the Chief Executive Officer Selection Committee in choosing the next great staff leader for the College.

"The ACC has an immensely talented Board and the most dedicated staff of any medical association in the country, now led by Interim CEO Cathy Gates," he said. "We have developed new Core Values together that will help us focus on driving strategy and innovation to meet some major challenges and achieve our new Vision."

Valentine got his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

He completed his medical residency and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Emory University in Atlanta.

Valentine then joined private practice in Virginia in 1990 where it ultimately developed into an advanced system, participating in more than 90 clinical trials and leading quality and advocacy efforts in the Commonwealth before joining Centra Health in 2005.

"Being ACC President is a tremendous honor and privilege, not only for me, but for our group practice and health system at Centra," he said. "This recognizes the importance and responsibility of community systems to lead with the highest quality care and clinical research. It also encourages grassroots members who work at the local chapter level to further advance the Mission of the College."

Dr. Valentine is married to the Honorable Shannon Valentine, Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia, with whom he has three adult children: Catherine, Jack and Brooke.

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