NEW PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HYPERTENSION LOOKS FORWARD TO RENAISSANCE OF ITS CORE VALUES
ASH will significantly expand its educational efforts to reach additional allied health professionals and colleagues across the globe
NEW YORK, May 6, 2010 – Focusing on the renaissance within the Society to strengthen translational research in hypertension and to identify effective treatment strategies for hypertension patients, George Bakris, M.D., of the University of Chicago School of Medicine, was installed as the 2010-2012 president of the American Society of Hypertension, Inc. (ASH) at its 25th Annual Scientific Meeting and Exposition (ASH 2010). As ASH celebrates its 25th year serving as the voice of hypertension, the Society will reignite its efforts to accomplish its core mission – promoting strategies to prevent and treat hypertension, while improving the care of patients with hypertension and associated disorders.
Dr. Bakris has outlined aggressive goals for his presidency, including fostering a robust scientific dialogue through partnerships with national and international organizations and substantially expanding live and online hypertension educational programs, not only in the United States, but globally with specific initiatives in India and the Philippines. Further, the Society will seek to collaborate with the ASH Specialists Program in promoting the role and function of the “hypertension specialist,” not only for physicians, but expanding to other hypertension health care providers, namely physician assistants, nurse practitioners and PharmDs.
Dr. Bakris is taking the leadership reins from Henry R. Black, M.D., who served as president of ASH from 2008-2010. During that time, the Society made significant progress in furthering its core educational mission. It published five position papers, Combination Therapy in Hypertension, Dietary Approaches to Lower Blood Pressure,
Hypertension in Pregnancy,
Treatment of Hypertension in Patients with Diabetes, and
When and How to Use Self (Home) and Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring. During his term the Society enhanced its Hypertension Community Outreach Initiative by conducting screening, counseling and professional training in communities in need in San Francisco and New York.
“To remain at the forefront of scientific discovery and a leader in the field of hypertension, we must enhance and strengthen our education mission, focusing on translational research in hypertension and the patients we serve,” said Dr. Bakris. “To do this, we must promote academic debate so that we rigorously vet the science and incorporate knowledge from our colleagues and partners. We then must disseminate those results through education and community-based activities so that the public will benefit from scientific advances.”
About the American Society of Hypertension
Originally founded in 1985 by a group of medical scientists, including John H. Laragh, M.D., ASH has become the largest U.S. organization devoted exclusively to hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases. ASH serves as a scientific forum for physicians, scientists and allied health professionals focusing on investigations and clinical trials in hypertension and associated disorders. The Society further serves as a bridge, linking current hypertension research with effective clinical treatment strategies for patients.
Membership in ASH is open to those who have accomplished meritorious original scientific investigation and research programs in the field of hypertension and cardiovascular disease; those involved in the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension and cardiovascular disease; and individuals who have demonstrated scientific interest in hypertension.
ASH has approximately 1,700 members, most of whom are physicians or scientists holding postdoctoral degrees. For more information, please visit www.ash-us.org.