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.”
ABC founded by Dr. Richard Allen Williams and 16 other physicians.
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.
Dr. Elijah Saunders hires Dr. B. Waine Kong as ABC's Chief Executive Officer.
ABC holds its first Annual Scientific Session and Dr. Walter M. Booker, Sr. Symposium.
Annual Cardiology Fellows program created during the ABC presidency of Dr. Augustus Grant.
ABC began its regional program series through a grant from Dupont Pharma.
Fellowship programs in Electrophysiology and Interventional Cardiology was created; ABC moves into its new offices in downtown Atlanta, GA.
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.
ABC adopts its theme "Children Should Know Their Grandparents so They Can Become GREAT Grandparents Themselves."
ABC convenes its inaugural Symposium on Cardiovascular Disease in Women and its New Year's Symposium and Celebration; ABC celebrates its 25th Anniversary.
ABC's national headquarters relocated to Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Atlanta.
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.
ABC launches the Super Weekends and Spirit of the Heart programs.
ABC moves its headquarters to Washington, DC.
ABC holds its first Practice Management Symposium.
ABC starts the Harlem Heart Healthy Workshop Series.
ABC moves headquarters to New York City, NY.
ABC Introduces Clinical Trials Network.
ABC Leadership Announces Strategic Partnership to Increase Investigator Diversity in Clinical Trials.
ABC Develops New Cardiovascular Disease Registry to Support Care for Underserved.
Through the ABC, I have developed significant mentoring relationships with many prominent cardiologists throughout the nation who have helped to broaden my research focus and strengthen my clinical endeavors.
ABC is on the forefront of health equity. Even though I am not a black cardiologist, I feel that the mission and values of the organization are very aligned with my own and the organization is very inclusive.
I was successful in winning the Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract award. This helped to foster collaborations and mentorship which have been invaluable for a junior attending.
The ABC has helped me to build and maintain professional relationships across numerous specialties in different institutions.
One of the things I like best about ABC is that they actively promote research and collaboration among its members and with other groups/institutions.