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Hoag Physician Named President of the American College of Cardiology

Categories: Press Room

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 1, 2021 --- Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian is honored to announce that Dipti Itchhaporia, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A, F.E.S.C., the Eric & Sheila Samson Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Health and director of Disease Management for the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute at Hoag, has been appointed as the American College of Cardiology (ACC) President for 2021- 2022.

During her one-year presidency, Dr. Itchhaporia will lead the more than 54,000-member global organization in its mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health, with a special focus on digital transformation and furthering health equity in cardiology.

“I’m looking forward to connecting the cardiovascular community over the next year, as we emerge from a mostly virtual world, to make strides in our strategic priorities and improve heart health for our patients and communities,” said Dr. Itchhaporia.

The ACC is the leading medical society governing the practice of cardiology that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team with a sustained mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health for all. As incoming President, Dr. Itchhaporia has further distinguished herself and Hoag as a leader and innovator in the field of cardiology. She has served most recently as the vice president of the ACC, has also been the past president of the California Chapter of the ACC, past president of the Orange County affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA) and past board member of AHA’s Western Affiliate Board. Dr. Itchhaporia will be the fifth female president in ACC’s 71-year history.

“It’s an honor to congratulate Dr. Itchhaporia for her well-deserved role as the new ACC president,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag. “This position is considered one of the highest honors in the cardiology profession, and we are proud to have a respected leader such as Dr. Itchhaporia providing care to our community here in Orange County.”

The Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute at Hoag is one of the preeminent cardiovascular centers on the West Coast, having received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. In addition, Hoag has also been named one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation by IBM Watson Health™ and is a designated Cardiovascular Receiving Center (CVRC) by the Orange County Emergency Medical Services in both Newport Beach and Irvine.

To learn more, visit www.hoag.org/specialties-services/heart-vascular.


Hoag’s Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart and Vascular Institute (JMCHVI) is one of the preeminent cardiovascular centers on the West Coast, and is well respected for delivering quality care and exceptional patient outcomes in the areas of valve disease, vascular disease and cardiac arrhythmia. The JMCHVI has achieved international and national accreditation for many of its programs, including being named one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation by IBM Watson Health™ and the American Heart Association's Get with the Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. U.S. News & World Report ranked Hoag high performing in the following specialties: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure & Transcatheter Valve Replacement. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons placed Hoag in the highest category for quality cardiac surgery, a rating achieved by only 5 percent of hospitals nationwide. Hoag's physicians perform more surgeries and procedures with better outcomes than any other hospital in the county.


Hoag is a nonprofit, regional health care delivery network in Orange County, California, that treats more than 30,000 inpatients and 480,000 outpatients annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals – Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which opened in 1952, and Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened in 2010 – in addition to nine health centers and 13 urgent care centers. Hoag has invested $261 million in programs and services to support the underserved community within the past five years, including areas like mental health, homelessness, transportation for seniors, education, and support for single mothers. Hoag is a designated Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hoag offers a comprehensive blend of health care services that includes five institutes providing specialized services in the following areas: cancer, heart and vascular, neurosciences, women’s health, and orthopedics through Hoag’s affiliate, Hoag Orthopedic Institute, which consists of an orthopedic hospital and two ambulatory surgical centers. In the 2020 - 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Rankings, Hoag is the highest ranked hospital in Orange County and the only OC hospital ranked in the Top 10 in California. For an unprecedented 23 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as one of the county’s best hospitals in a local newspaper survey. Visit www.hoag.org for more information.