• Advocacy & Government Relations

    Chair

    Chair: Osvaldo S. Gigliotti, MD, FSCAI (May 2016 - May 2019)
    Co-Chair: Dmitriy N. Feldman, MD, FSCAI (May 2016 - May 2019)
    Staff Liaisons: Dawn Gray (DGray@scai.org); Joel C. Harder, MBA (JHarder@scai.org)


    Mission

    To educate our members, ourselves, and key stakeholders (legislators and their staffs, government agencies, patients and the general public) about policies and positions that directly and indirectly affect all aspects of interventional cardiology and to advocate for those positions as directed by the Executive Committee of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.


    Goals

    • Evaluate proposed legislation to understand its impact on interventional cardiologists and our patients.
    • Ongoing outreach to federal agencies (Evaluate and develop comment letters in response to proposed FDA, CMS, NIH, AHRQ federal regulations Getting to know agencies/Outreach to Federal Agencies, assess existing relationships with agencies).
    • Support select new interventional cardiology technologies by advocating for coverage and reimbursement of those technologies, when appropriate to support patient centered decision making.
    • Engage in federal and state level legislative and regulatory proposals to positively influence the outcome.
    • Identifying members who have strong contacts with key Members of Congress.


    Executive Council

    Member Term Start Term End
    Joseph D. Babb, MD, MSCAI May 2013 May 2018
    Suzanne J. Baron, MD May 2016 May 2019
    James C. Blankenship, MD, MSc, FSCAI May 2012 May 2017
    Larry S. Dean, MD, MSCAI May 2016 May 2019
    Peter L. Duffy, MD, MMM, FSCAI May 2016 May 2019
    Clifford J. Kavinsky, MD, PhD, FSCAI May 2016 May 2019
    Dharam J. Kumbhani, MD, SM, MRCP, FSCAI May 2012 May 2018
    Arthur C. Lee, MD, FSCAI May 2012 May 2017
    Srihari Naidu, MD, FSCAI May 2012 May 2018
    Edward J. Pezanoski, AS,RCISD, CVT, III May 2016 May 2019
    Robert Piana, MD, FSCAI May 2013 May 2019
    Kenneth Rosenfield MD, MHCDS, MSCAI May 2012 May 2018
    Thomas M. Tu, MD, FSCAI May 2016 May 2019


    Voting Members

    Member Term Start Term End
    Manish Bansal, MBBS May 2016 May 2019
    Joaquin E. Cigarroa, MD, FSCAI May 2012 May 2017
    Lloyd W. Klein MD, FSCAI May 2012 May 2017
    Sandeep Krishnan, MD May 2016 May 2019
    K. C. Kurian MD, FSCAI May 2012 May 2017
    Henry A. Liberman, MD, FSCAI May 2013 May 2019
    Molly Szerlip, MD, FSCAI October 2015 May 2018
    Edward J. Toggart MD, FSCAI May 2012 May 2017
    Carl L. Tommaso MD, MSCAI May 2012 May 2017
    Robert N. Vincent MD, FSCAI May 2013 May 2017


    Calling All Volunteers

    • Are you familiar with Medicare billing and interested in helping CMS with complicated coverage issues?
    • Are you interested in reviewing proposals from federal agencies and providing feedback?
    • Would you like to participate in a national or government-led committee?
    • Does working with legislators appeal to you?
    • Are you a clinical guru, interested in fielding inquiries from the FDA or CMS?

    If you answered YES to any questions, e-mail Senior Director of Advocacy and Guidelines Wayne Powell at wpowell@scai.org.