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Meltzer and Yancy to Lead American Heart Association in 2009-10

DALLAS, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Heart Association's new national officers begin their 2009-10 terms on July 1.

Neil M. Meltzer, M.P.H., president and chief operating officer of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore (Md.), is national chairman of the board. Meltzer will be responsible for the association's business affairs, public relations and fund raising, and will preside over all Board of Directors and Administrative Cabinet meetings. Meltzer has been an American Heart Association volunteer since 1995. He chaired the association's Advocacy Coordinating Committee from 2006 to 2008 and is a board member with the association's Mid-Atlantic Affiliate.

Clyde W. Yancy, M.D., medical director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, is national president. Yancy, an association volunteer for more than 15 years, will serve as chief volunteer scientific and medical officer, responsible for medical, scientific and public health matters. A specialist in heart failure, Yancy is the 2003 recipient of the association's Physician of the Year Award, presented annually to a practicing physician who has rendered outstanding contributions to the accomplishment of the organization's mission.

William H. Roach Jr., a partner at the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, LLP, based in the firm's Chicago office, is secretary-treasurer. In this role, Roach will oversee the association's operational functions and revenue-generating opportunities. An association volunteer for more than 10 years, Roach is also chairman of the association's Midwest Affiliate. He is the author of Medical Records and the Law, a leading textbook on the use of healthcare information now in its fourth edition.

Debra W. Lockwood, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Provident Group in Baton Rouge, La., is chairman-elect. Lockwood began volunteering for the association more than 10 years ago and served as secretary-treasurer from 2007 to 2009. She is a past chair of the association's Investment Subcommittee and a past member of the National Audit Committee, ECC Business Management Committee and Corporate Operations Coordinating Committee.

Ralph M. Sacco, M.D., Miller Professor of Neurology, Epidemiology and Human Genetics and chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, is president-elect. In 2007 Sacco received the association's Chairman's Award for helping create Power To End Stroke, a nationwide educational campaign to raise awareness of the risk of stroke among African Americans. In 2010 he will become the first neurologist to serve as American Heart Association president.

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, we're the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases -- America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers -- we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit

About the American Stroke Association

Created in 1997 as a division of the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association works to improve stroke prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke -- America's No. 3 killer and a leading cause of serious disability. To do this, we fund scientific research, help people better understand and avoid stroke, encourage government support, guide healthcare professionals, and provide information to stroke survivors and their caregivers to enhance their quality of life. To learn more, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit

SOURCE American Heart Association
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