April 18, 2011 -
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) designated local cardiologist, Kara Kurtz Urnes, MD, as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC).
Dr. Urnes participated in the convocation ceremony held at the ACC annual meeting in New Orleans, La. where she was honored for her new rank.
Fellows of the ACC are elected based on their outstanding credentials, achievements and community contribution to cardiovascular medicine. Physicians who are elected to fellowship and are members of the ACC can use “FACC” as a professional designation.
When accepting election to fellowship in the ACC, each physician pledges cooperation and loyalty to the attainment of the ideals of the College, the most important of which is to promote excellence in cardiovascular care.
Dr. Urnes is pleased to join Cardiologist James Emery, MD, FACC, and former governor to the American College of Cardiology for the state of Idaho, in this designation.
The ACC is the foremost professional society representing heart specialists in the United States and throughout the world. The strongest evidence of achievement for those who earn the FACC insignia comes from their peers. Letters of sponsorship from other fellows and medical school faculty attest to professional competence and commitment to excellence, and are necessary for election to fellowship in the ACC.
About the ACC
The American College of Cardiology is transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health through continuous quality improvement, patient-centered care, payment innovation and professionalism. The College is a 39,000-member nonprofit medical society comprised of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet its stringent qualifications. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines, and is a staunch supporter of cardiovascular research. The ACC provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care.
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