ABC History

In 1974, seventeen dedicated medical professionals came together to organize the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. (ABC). Through their belief in the need to bring special attention to the adverse impact of cardiovascular disease on African Americans, the ABC has grown to over 1,700 healthcare, lay professionals, corporate members, and institutional members. Today, we continue to carry forward the mission and goals of the ABC “17.”

1974

ABC founded by Dr. Richard Allen Williams and 16 other physicians.

1978

ABC's community health promotion programs were developed by Drs. Elijah Saunders and B. Waine Kong by organizing churches as high blood pressure control centers.

1986

Dr. Elijah Saunders hires Dr. B. Waine Kong as ABC's Chief Executive Officer.

1987

ABC holds its first Annual Scientific Session and Dr. Walter M. Booker, Sr. Symposium.

1990

Annual Cardiology Fellows program created during the ABC presidency of Dr. Augustus Grant.

1992

ABC began its regional program series through a grant from Dupont Pharma.

1994

Fellowship programs in Electrophysiology and Interventional Cardiology was created; ABC moves into its new offices in downtown Atlanta, GA.

1995

ABC convenes its inaugural Cardiovascular Summit and Congress of the Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases in African Americans.

ABC accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

1998

ABC adopts its theme "Children Should Know Their Grandparents so They Can Become GREAT Grandparents Themselves."

1999

ABC convenes its inaugural Symposium on Cardiovascular Disease in Women and its New Year's Symposium and Celebration; ABC celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

2000

ABC's national headquarters relocated to Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Atlanta.

2005

The ABC starts Project Hope to help aid and bring awareness to Hurricane Katrina victims.

NitroMed releases BiDil, the first prescription medicine for African American patients. The ABC was instrumental in the clinical trials.

2008

ABC launches the Super Weekends and Spirit of the Heart programs.

ABC moves its headquarters to Washington, DC.

2011

ABC holds its first Practice Management Symposium.

2012

ABC starts the Harlem Heart Healthy Workshop Series.

2013

ABC moves headquarters to New York City, NY.

2015

ABC Introduces Clinical Trials Network.

2016

ABC Leadership Announces Strategic Partnership to Increase Investigator Diversity in Clinical Trials.

ABC Develops New Cardiovascular Disease Registry to Support Care for Underserved.