SHAPE Awards SHAPE Provider Certification to 34 Medical Providers

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Certification Program Promotes Early Detection and Treatment of Heart Attack Risk in Apparently Healthy People

SHAPE Provider Certification adheres to the First SHAPE Guideline for screening to identify hidden CAD in apparently healthy patients.

SHAPE Provider Certification helps patients and referring physicians identify cardiology specialists who are managing patient care to reduce the incidence of acute coronary events and CAD-related mortality.

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SHAPE, The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (http://www.shapesociety.org), a nonprofit organization that promotes the early detection and treatment of heart attack risk in apparently healthy people, today announced that 34 medical providers from around the world are among the first to earn SHAPE Provider Certification. The program promotes the early detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) through identification of clinically appropriate patients for non-invasive CAD screening, and awards certification based on a rigorous process of training and examination.

SHAPE Provider Certification adheres to the First SHAPE Guideline for screening to identify hidden CAD in asymptomatic (apparently healthy) patients. The First SHAPE Guideline established standards for the careful and responsible implementation of scientifically proven atherosclerosis tests to detect hidden plaque buildup in coronary and carotid arteries, and recommended the tests be incorporated into routine screening for at risk men and women as they age.

“We are pleased to award SHAPE Provider Certification to these deserving medical providers and encourage them to continue advancing preventive cardiology,” said JoAnne Zawitoski, chairwoman of the SHAPE Board of Directors. “SHAPE Provider Certification is a way to incorporate the First SHAPE Guideline into patient care. It helps patients and referring physicians identify cardiology specialists who are following best practices by managing patient care to reduce the incidence of acute coronary events and CAD-related mortality. We also believe that SHAPE Provider Certification can help to improve clinical outcomes for patients by employing scientifically proven screening methodologies as a part of a physician’s preventive medicine practice.”

In addition to SHAPE Provider Certification, SHAPE encourages best practices in heart attack screening through SHAPE/Heart Health Centers of Excellence. Unlike traditional cardiovascular clinics that are primarily focused on preventing a second heart attack, SHAPE/Heart Health Centers of Excellence focus on the prevention of a first heart attack. To date, clinics in Arizona, Florida and Pennsylvania have been designated SHAPE/HeartHealth Centers of Excellence.

SHAPE Provider Certification addresses the needs of cardiologists, radiologists, internists, family physicians, primary care providers, OB-GYNs, preventive medicine specialists and non-physician providers. Specific educational modules include: appropriate patient selection for CAD screening, risk assessment for subclinical CAD, coronary artery calcium scoring, carotid IMT testing, understanding the clinical and economic burden of global cardio vascular disease (CVD), comparison of available screening tests, and how to use the First SHAPE Guideline to improve patient outcomes.

SHAPE Provider Certification coincides with the SHAPE Society's Certified Centers of Excellence Program. For more information about these certification programs for your practice or hospital, please contact Dr. Jeff Fine at (803) 360-4756 or jfine@jandjmedical.net.

SHAPE Certified Providers

United States

Naveen Acharaya, MD
Heart Care Consultants
Sarasota, FL 34238
941-907-8951

Timothy C. Chapman RTR CT MR
Chandler Medical Center
1677 East Oak Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85140
(480) 656-9684

Troy Eden, P.A.
Eden Medical Clinic
Elko, NV
(775) 753-3770

Carlos Jorge, M.D.
Presbyterian Novant Heart and Wellness
Cornelius, NC
(704) 384-7910

Ahmed Khan, M.D.
Cardiology Consultants, PC
Johnson City, TN
(423) 282-3377

Michael Mumma, MD
Florida Cardiac Consultants
1540 S. Tamiami Trail Ste. 401
Sarasota, FL 34239
941-917-0060

Gene Myers, MD
Sarasota, FL
Khurram Nasir, M.D.
Boston, MA

Raghotham Patlola, M.D.
Cardiovascular Institute of the South
Lafayette, LA
(337) 988-1585

Eugene Schwarz, M.D.
Cardiovascular Diagnostic Services
Columbia, S.C.
(803) 754-2600

Abid A. Shah, MD
5741 Bee Ridge Road Ste. 420
Sarasota, FL 34233
941-377-7490

Robert Touchon, M.D.
Huntington, WV

Mark Urman, M.D.
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 243-3300

Larry Weathers, M.D.
Rogers, AR
(479) 338-4400

Norbert Wilke, M.D.
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL    

British West Indies

Joseph Barefoot, M.D.
Grand Cayman, British West Indies

Lebanon

Issam Abbas, M.D.
Nabatia, Lebanon

Nada Atoui, M.D.
Beirut, Lebanon

Abbas Awada, M.D.
Beirut, Lebanon

Ali Bachir, M.D.
Beirut, Lebanon

Ali Berry, M.D.
Beirut, Lebanon

Nuria Casals, M.D.
Beirut, Lebanon

Mohammad Dbouk, M.D.
Beirut, Lebanon

Tagrid Hajjali, M.D.
Beirut, Lebanon

Malek Hamade, M.D.
Beirut, Lebanon

Hichem Hojeij, M.D.
Nabatia, Lebanon

Hussain Isma'eel, M.D.
Beirut, Lebanon

Mark Koshaish, Ph.D.
Beirut, Lebanon

Mahmoud Mansour, M.D.
Beirut, Lebanon

Diya Mohsen, Ph.D.
Beirut, Lebanon

Hussein Salhab, M.D.
Beirut, Lebanon

Bilal Shoumar, M.D.
Beirut, Lebanon

Bulgaria

Assen Goudev, Prof.
#8 Bialo More Str.
Sofia, Bulgaria

About SHAPE

Based in Houston, the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) is a non-profit organization that promotes education and research related to prevention, detection, and treatment of heart attacks. SHAPE is committed to raising public awareness about revolutionary discoveries that are opening exciting avenues to prevent heart attacks. SHAPE's mission is to eradicate heart attacks in the 21st century. Additional information is available on the organization's Web site at http://www.shapesociety.org.

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