Florida Cardiologists Meet with Lawmakers and Congressional Staff in Washington

Robert C. Hendel, M.D., professor of medicine, radiology and interim Chief of the Cardiovascular Division, was part of a delegation of Florida cardiologists who met with members of Congress and their staff in Washington, D.C.

The meeting was held as part of the 2014 American College of Cardiology Legislative Conference, which took place September 14-16. The conference provided an opportunity for the group to inform members of Congress, Capitol Hill staff and other policymakers on issues within the medical and cardiovascular community and to share the transformative work that’s being done during a period of rapid change.

The delegation met with many lawmakers, including the staff of Senators Bill Nelson (D-Florida) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida), and with U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida), whom Hendel described as highly engaged in the discussion and excited to display her connection with the “U,” her alma mater. These discussions centered on the optimal and appropriate use of cardiovascular technology, the need for more medical residencies and fellowship opportunities in Florida, and a desire to stabilize the environment of cardiology practice.

“This type of activity is critical to keep our lawmakers apprised of the contemporary issues in cardiovascular care that physicians face nationally and in South Florida,” said Hendel, who serves on the American College of Cardiology’s Board of Trustees. “It is fabulous to have such an engaged physician community and to recognize that our policymakers are keenly interested in the delivery of care for our patients.”

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