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Ofili, Elizabeth

Top Cardiologist to Speak at SMA’s Focus on the Female Patient Conference

Dr. Elizabeth Ofili will lecture on “Women and Heart Disease” at SMA’s upcoming Focus on the Female Patient Conference set for July 28-31, 2014 at the East Beach Conference Center of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

Elizabeth O. Ofili, MD, MPH, FACC is a Professor of Medicine, and Chief of Cardiology, at Morehouse School of Medicine. She also serves as the Associate Dean of Clinical Research, and Director of the Clinical Research Center. She is Founder and Chairman of Global Healthcare Alliance, Inc. She is also the Founder and CEO of AccuHealth Technologies, “Empowering Person-Centered Health and Wellness.”

Dr. Ofili is known for her expertise in the field of cardiovascular medicine and health disparities with a focus on translating discoveries to benefit patients through community engagement.  She has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1994. She is a recipient of the Preventive Cardiology Academic Award, and is the founding director and principal investigator (PI) of the Center of Clinical Research Excellence at Morehouse School of Medicine. She has received national and international recognition for her expertise in the field of echocardiography, and for advancing scientific knowledge on the role of ultrasound imaging modality in clinical practice and population based research. She serves as the principal investigator for the Morehouse School of Medicine in its three institution NIH funded partnership, which includes Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

She is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of minorities in biomedical research, she has helped to raise over $150 million in research funds, to support research infrastructure and training at Morehouse School of Medicine.  She has trained or mentored over 50 post doctoral fellows and faculty, and over 30 undergraduate and high school seniors.

She is a recipient of over 50 scientific, service and health policy awards including: The Dr. Charles R Drew Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research and Health Disparities from the National Minority Quality Forum, the Dr. Daniel Savage Scientific Award from the Association of Black Cardiologists; the Nannette K. Wenger Award for Health Policy-WomenHeart Advocacy Group and the National Library of Medicine Exhibit: Changing the Face of Medicine, the Rise of America’s Women Physicians. She was recognized as one of America’s leading physicians by Black Enterprise Magazine; Physician of the Year, by the US Congressional Health Advisory Board; the nation’s top 25 female physicians by Heart and Soul Magazine, and Who’s Who in Healthcare by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.  She serves on the Board of Directors of Georgia BIO, Georgia’s Life Sciences Partner, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and the Cardiovascular Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine.  Dr. Ofili is the past president of the Association of Black Cardiologists, and has published over 150 scientific papers and book chapters appearing in national publications such as The Journal of American Medication Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, American Journal of Cardiology, American Heart Journal, Journal of the National Medical Association, and Urban Cardiology. She has delivered over 500 scientific presentations, over 50 key note addresses/state of the art lectures, and conducted over 21 Visiting Professorships in institutions across the United States and Canada and in countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Australia, India, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Mexico,  Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. 


Dr. Ofili’s media appearances include the Today Show, CNN, CBS and Fox television, as well as commentaries on National Public Radio.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit the conference site.



Senate Approves SGR Fix, ICD-10 and Two-Midnights Delay

In a bipartisan vote of 64-35 Monday evening, the Senate passed the bill which will provide a temporary fix for the 17th time to the Sustainable Growth Rate since its implementation in 1997.

Two other costly and controversial provisions will also be delayed – the implementation of the ICD-10 code set and the two-midnights rule and recovery audits.

Related links:
Modern Healthcare Article
Washington Post Article