• The SCAI ELM Program Welcomes a New Generation of Leaders

    March 22, 2019

    Washington, D.C.– The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) is pleased to announce the selection of 12 new early-career interventional cardiologists to participate in the 2019-21 Emerging Leader Mentorship (ELM) Program. The ELM Fellows will receive two years of intensive training and individualized mentoring to improve their skills and facilitate their transition into the next generation of great thinkers, ambassadors, and national leaders in medicine.

    “The ELM program is now entering its fifth cycle and continues to grow in profile as early recipients fulfill their potential as globally recognized interventional cardiologists. This year saw an unprecedented 40% jump in applications; a clear endorsement of the program and the vision of its supporters,” said Matt Daniels, PhD, MRCP, FSCAI, program chair and interventional cardiologist at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

    The program identifies, develops and enhances the potential of exceptional early career physicians who face competing demands on their time to deliver improvements in patient care. Managing the traditional relationship between the physician and the patient is the focus of medical school, residency and fellowship training. Attending physicians are often underprepared to succeed in wider professional, regulatory, and societal contexts that ultimately define leaders,” he continued. “We support and accelerate that transition with a range of opportunities that are uniquely possible because of the program.” 

    These 12 promising physicians were carefully selected by the ELM Selection Committee based on their leadership potential and motivation to excel both regionally and nationally in the areas of clinical care, scholarship, education and/or advocacy. They selected from a diverse group of adult and pediatric interventional cardiologists from across the United States and the wider international cardiology community.  

    Through ELM training, early career physicians receive mentorship in every aspect of their profession and opportunities to expand their leadership skills, enhance presentation skills, foster relationships, keep up-to-date on emerging trends and develop their professional niche. ELM Fellows participate in six training sessions at the SCAI, TCT, and ACC annual conferences and take part in mentoring activities designed to help them confront evolving challenges in health care. In addition, they are given opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the field of interventional cardiology. Mentors selected to match their interests, talent, and aspirations will assist them, with the overriding goal of ongoing, perpetual contributions to the field even long after the program is completed.

    The 2019-21 ELM class includes:

    Mohamad Alkhouli, MD- West Virginia University Health Sciences Center, Morgantown, WV

    Suzanne Baron, MD, MSc - St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, MO

    Megan Coylewright, MD, MPH - Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH

    Marvin Eng, MD - Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI

    Perwaiz Meraji, MD, FSCAI - Northwell Health, New York, NY

    Brian Morray, MD - Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA

    Tamim Nazif, MD - Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

    Eric Osborn, MD, PhD - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

    Shyam Sathanandam, MD, FSCAI - LeBonheur Children's Hospital, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN

    Stephen Waldo, MD - Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, Aurora, CO

    Sarah Zaman, MBBS, PhD, BMSc - Monash Heart, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton VIC, Australia

    David Zidar, MD, PhD - University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

    The SCAI ELM Program, in partnership with ACC and CRF, is supported by educational grants from Abbott, Abiomed, Chiesi, Medtronic, Philips, ZOLL Medical Corporation.

    The new 2019-21 ELM program will commence on Monday, May 20, 2019 at the SCAI 2019 Scientific Sessions in Las Vegas.