Immediate Past President
Icilma V. Fergus, MD, FACC
Icilma V. Fergus, MD is Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiovascular Disparities at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Prior to that she served as Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Columbia University Harlem Hospital Center for three years. Her undergraduate and graduate education were at Barnard College, Columbia University and SUNY Downstate. She completed her residency and Chief residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Dr. Fergus completed her cardiology fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology.
Dr. Fergus has authored numerous articles related to heart disease in peer-reviewed journals including her contribution to the book entitled “Cardiovascular Disease in Ethnic Minorities”. Her current clinical and research interests involve cardiovascular disparities, Hypertension, Heart Failure and heart disease in women. She has been an investigator in several clinical trials.
Dr. Fergus is an active member of many professional memberships, including the American Society of Hypertension, American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Fergus is National President of the Association of Black Cardiologists and has served on the board of the Association of Black Cardiologists for six years including two years as secretary and also served as the Chair of Community Programs for six years. She is a prominent educator in the local community where she works including member of the Community Advisory board of Touro College and board member New York City Affiliate of the AHA.
Dr. Fergus is the founder and director of the series of Healthy Hearts projects - “Harlem Healthy Hearts, Montserrat Healthy Hearts and Nigerian Healthy Hearts” which involves education, demonstration and screening for chronic conditions that lead to heart disease. She has embarked on three medical mission visits to Montserrat since 2011 and plans for a first mission to Nigeria in 2015. Dr. Fergus continues to be very active in communities where health care disparities are present.