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Atlantic Health System’s Dr. Linda Gillam Recognized with Second Top Honor from American College of Cardiology

March 20, 2019

Dr. Gillam presented with Master of the ACC Award at ACC’s 68th Annual Scientific Session; was recognized in 2018 as Gifted Educator of the Year

March 20, 2019, Morristown, NJ – The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Linda D. Gillam, MD, MPH, FACC, the Dorothy and Lloyd Huck Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at Morristown Medical Center/Atlantic Health System, with the 2019 Master of the ACC Award. This is Dr. Gillam’s second consecutive top ACC honor—last year, she received the ACC Gifted Educator Award.

Linda Gillam accepts Master of the ACC award

The Master of the ACC Award recognizes and honors Fellows of the American College of Cardiology who have consistently contributed to the goals and programs of the College and who have provided leadership in important College activities. MACCs have been members of the College for at least 15 years and have served with distinction and provided leadership on various College programs and committees.

“Dr. Gillam’s dedication to improving cardiovascular health and enhancing patient care is a testament to her expertise and professionalism,” said ACC President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC. “It is a privilege to be able to honor Dr. Gillam with the Master of the ACC Award and celebrate her tremendous contributions to the cardiovascular field.”

“Throughout my career, I have kept people as my main focus—most importantly our patients, but also the members of our patient care team,” said Dr. Gillam. “Cardiology is a wonderfully diverse field and I am pleased that my dedication to advancing patient care, mentoring other female cardiologists, and changing the way we practice medicine has been recognized by the ACC with this great honor.”

The ACC’s Distinguished Awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine. Recipients are nominated by their peers and then selected by the American College of Cardiology Awards Committee. Dr. Gillam was recognized for her achievements at the ACC Convocation, Inauguration and Awards Ceremony on March 18 during the ACC’s 68th Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans.

The Gifted Educator Award, which Dr. Gillam received last year, is presented to a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology who has demonstrated innovative, outstanding teaching characteristics and compassionate qualities and because of these attributes has made major contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine at the local and/or regional level.

Dr. Gillam is Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Service Line for Atlantic Health System and Professor of Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Under Dr. Gillam’s leadership, Atlantic Health System and Morristown Medical Center have become nationally recognized as leaders in the cardiology space, attracting best-in-class talent, state-of-the-art technology and clinical trials.

She previously served as Medical Director of the Cardiac Valve Program and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University. She is an expert in echocardiography, valvular heart disease and heart disease in women. She has lectured nationally and internationally on these and related topics.

Dr. Gillam is Past President of the American Society of Echocardiography and a former member of both the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology. She currently chairs the College Partners in Quality Committee. She also chairs the Women in Cardiology Committee of the American Heart Association and serves on the leadership committee of the AHA Council on Clinical Cardiology. She is Immediate Past President of the National Board of Echocardiography. She is senior guest editor for Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging and a member of the editorial boards of Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

She has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed publications and 20 book chapters and is co-editor (with Catherine Otto, MD) of Advanced Echocardiographic Techniques and (with Drs. Scott Solomon and Tina Wu) of Essential Echocardiography: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease, two leading textbooks on echocardiography. She is a graduate of McGill University and Queen’s University, Canada, and Columbia University, NY. She completed her cardiology fellowship training at the University of Toronto and Massachusetts General Hospital.

About The American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. Learn more >

About Heart Care at Atlantic Health System

The Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers, part of Atlantic Health System, is home to New Jersey’s largest cardiac surgery program, and provides patients with world-class medical experts and award-winning cardiovascular diagnostic and treatment services. Specializing in open-heart, minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures, Gagnon offers its patients individualized care at a hospital that was named one of America’s 20 Best Hospitals for Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care by Healthgrades. Nationally ranked in cardiology since 2012, the heart care team at Atlantic Health System includes cardiologists with expertise in multiple disciplines, cardiac surgeons, vascular specialists and allied health professionals.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of more than 16,800 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system offers more than 400 sites of care, including six hospitals: Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ.

In addition to the employed workforce, Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network represents more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ. This network includes 1,000 physicians and providers comprising one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey, Atlantic Medical Group, as well as members of the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners which work to enhance patient care delivery.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs including 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of seven regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across seven health systems in New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.