Today Larry S. Dean, MD, FSCAI, FACC, FAHA, was installed as the 33rd President of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) during the Society's annual meeting taking place this week in San Diego. Dr. Dean is director of the University of Washington Medicine Regional Heart Center in Seattle, where he specializes in cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology. He also conducts and publishes research related to his field.
As SCAI president, Dr. Dean will focus on global cardiovascular health initiatives, including the education of future interventional cardiologists. Dr. Dean's interest in educating current and future physicians, both in the United States and internationally, is demonstrated by his position as chair of SCAI's Education Committee.
Dr. Dean also intends for SCAI to actively participate in health care reform efforts as they relate to interventional cardiology, ensuring optimal implementation of the newly passed health reform legislation.
"Health care reform is one of the biggest issues of 2010, and it will be of importance to our specialty for years to come. The future of interventional cardiology will certainly be impacted by the new legislation, and our patients will be affected," says Dr. Dean. "SCAI serves as the national voice for interventional cardiologists and we will use this voice to ease any confusion and concern about adopting health reform legislation into everyday practice. While the future of health reform is still uncertain, I'm excited to face the challenges and opportunities that await our specialty."
No stranger to public affairs, Dr. Dean recently played an integral role in communicating concerns to the Washington State Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Committee regarding its proposal to restrict coverage of drug-eluting stents (DES) for Medicaid beneficiaries and state-insured employees.
Dr. Dean joined SCAI in 1989 and has been an active member, serving as chair of the Society's Education Committee, on its Board of Trustees, and on its Nominating Committee. He is also a professor of medicine and surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, conducted his internship and residency at University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, and completed his fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at University of Alabama Hospitals.
Additionally, Dr. Dean is a fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology and is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. Dr. Dean has also been listed among The Best Doctors in America.