COVE-NP & Temple Heart and Vascular Institute Presents...

"I Look Like a Cardiologist" A City-wide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Conference

February 4, 2023 | 8:30am to 1:00pm via ZOOM

Conference Highlights & Objectives

“I Look Like A Cardiologist” is a conference featuring Cardiologists from Temple University Hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center,  Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and more.
Our opening plenary session will be led by Dr. Amber Johnson, MD FACC from UPMC.  Dr. Melvin Nichols from Morehouse School of Medicine will close the session as our Keynote Speaker. 
Breakout sessions will include topics on Mentoring, Academic vs Non-Academic Careers in Cardiology, and Careers in Research.  Stick around afterwards and enjoy the additional opportunity to network.” I C
Conference Objectives
  • To illustrate the value of diversity in Cardiology
  • To tell the stories of under-represented members of the field of Cardiology
  • To facilitate networking opportunities for trainees who are interested in Cardiology
  • To equip future Cardiologists with tools to explore the vast opportunities within the field
  • Agenda Overview
8:30am – Introduction by Dr. Deborah L. Crabbe
8:45am – Plenary Session by Dr. Amber Johnson
9:30am – Networking Break
10:00am – Breakout Sessions
Tracks are suggested for specific audiences, but you are welcome to attend any session that interests you.
11:45am – Keynote Address by Dr. Melvin Echols
12:45pm – Closing Remarks by Dr. Sabrina Islam

Speaker Bios

Amber E. Johnson, MD, MBA, is an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed her internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center followed by her cardiovascular fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Johnson’s clinical interests include cardiovascular disease and echocardiography. She has published more than a dozen peer reviewed manuscripts on various topics pertaining to cardiac health and has received multiple awards, including the 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health award from the National Minority Quality Forum and a grant from the National Institutes of Health. She is also a member of the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. Dr. Johnson is particularly engaged with working to improve health disparities in underserved communities. She recently collaborated with colleagues at UPMC, the University of Texas-Southwestern, and Duke University to publish an editorial in the Journal of the American Heart Association entitled “The Urgent and Ongoing Need for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the Cardiology Workforce in the United States.” *
Dr. Melvin Echols is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Disease with Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). He received his medical degree from MSM and completed his internal medicine residency and cardiovascular fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Echols is the program director for the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program and the Co-Chair of the Grady Cardiovascular Line Research Committee. He works as the Cardiovascular Medical Director for Grady Camp Creek Comprehensive Center, where he addresses health equity and disparity intervention, prevention, and heart failure management of patients in the community. Dr. Echols has a primary research interest in translational heart failure research and precision medicine to combat disparate outcomes among African American patients. This past summer, he was named as the new Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for the ACC, through which he will lead and facilitate ACC efforts to mitigate barriers to entry into the field of cardiology, build and expand educational initiatives like the new Internal Medicine Program, and lead and coordinate the diversity and inclusion efforts and training of both staff and members across the College. **