Today J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI, FACC, was installed as the 35th President of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) during the SCAI 2012 Scientific Sessions taking place in Las Vegas.
Dr. Marshall is the medical director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, which has been rated Georgia’s No. 1 heart hospital for the sixth consecutive year by HealthGrades®. He was rated as a US News & World Report Top Doctor for 2011-12. Dr. Marshall is also the chief of cardiology at Northside Hospital – Atlanta.
During his term as SCAI president, Dr. Marshall will focus on a number of efforts to improve the care and quality of life of patients with cardiovascular disease. In addition to continuing SCAI’s programs that provide quality improvement tools for interventional cardiologists and cath lab teams, he will spearhead the development of new tools for use by patients and their family members. He also will increase efforts to educate policymakers about patients’ needs and expectations.
“As physicians and as a Society, we need to pay as much attention to helping patients live productive lives they can enjoy as we pay to reducing mortality,” said Dr. Marshall. “Fortunately, interventional cardiologists can do both – we save lives when patients are having a heart attack or stroke, but we also improve quality of life with treatments that alleviate symptoms and by teaching patients about heart-healthy choices that will make them feel better and, we hope, live longer.”
Dr. Marshall has been an active member of SCAI since joining the Society in the mid-1990s. Among many contributions, Dr. Marshall has been deeply engaged in SCAI’s efforts to provide education and information to patients and their families. He was the founding editor-in-chief of SecondsCount.org, the website SCAI launched in 2008 as a complete resource on cardiovascular health, diagnostic and treatment options as well as the stories of adults and children who are living with cardiovascular disease.
“I joined SCAI years ago because I believe in its mission of improving the health and well-being of patients with heart and vascular disease,” said Dr. Marshall. “As interventional cardiologists, we work toward this goal every day, one patient at a time, by delivering the best care we can inside and outside of the cath lab, and also by providing our patients with tools and resources they can use to be fully engaged in decisions about diagnosis and treatment.”
In addition to his busy practice, Dr. Marshall is committed to advancing research that will lead to a better understanding of cardiovascular disease and how best to manage it. He serves as the medical director for the Northeast Georgia Heart Center Research Committee and participates in studies focused on peripheral, carotid and coronary procedures. He led the team that developed the angioplasty and heart attack program at Northeast Georgia Heart Center and is currently serving on the Subspecialty Board on Cardiovascular Disease for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).
Certified by the ABIM, Dr. Marshall earned his medical degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in cardiology and angioplasty at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He served on the faculties of the Virginia Commonwealth University and then Emory University, where he was an associate professor of medicine and cardiology for 11 years. He has been elected by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America every year since 2003.