Newswise — New York – May 15, 2019 – The Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. (ABC) and the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) will be holding a complimentary CME program, “Improving Cardiovascular Care in Women and Underserved Populations” on May 30th in New York City. The program is part of a joint initiative called A New Beat which is dedicated to advocating for women and minorities rising as leaders in the field of cardiology, so they can provide better access and improve care for all patients.

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death and nearly half of U.S. adults have some form of the disease. Women and minorities bear a more substantial burden facing poorer outcomes because of underdiagnosis and undertreatment.

“Female leadership within healthcare has been shown to positively impact access to and quality of care,” said A New Beat’s Co-Chair Cheryl Pegus, MD. “We believe our efforts can assist more women and minorities in cardiology to ascend to leadership roles.” Dr. Pegus is Board Chair of the ABC and CMO of Cambia Health Solutions.

A New Beat will focus on the most recent medical and device-specific therapies for conditions that widely affect women and minorities, and for which they are currently being undertreated on a national level. This knowledge will be shared by leaders in medicine – both men and women – to promote early diagnosis, improved access, and quality of care. A New Beat is about all clinicians, regardless of gender, coming together to prioritize the care of female and minority patients so that the gender and racial disparities in healthcare become a thing of the past.

“Our programs are aimed at educating healthcare professionals about the latest innovations and therapies for heart disease in underserved populations,” said A New Beat’s Co-Chair Nisha Jhalani, MD. “It’s a truly unique opportunity to learn from established leaders in the field of cardiology. Our hope is that clinicians, especially those in the beginning stages of their career, will gain the knowledge and skills needed to advance their careers while improving patient outcomes.” Dr. Jhalani is Director of the CRF Women’s Heart Health Initiative and Director of Inpatient Clinical Services at the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

A New Beat is designed to be an ongoing initiative to create a supportive community and share resources for women and minorities who would like to advance their careers while improving patient outcomes. In addition to the seminars, content will be available on and LinkedIn.

To register for the May 30th program, please visit: Details are below.

A New Beat: Improving Cardiovascular Care in Women and Underserved Populations

Thursday, May 30, 2019

2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Pryor Cashman

Conference Room F/G

7 Times Square

New York, NY 10036

About ABC

Founded in 1974, the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) is a nonprofit organization with an international membership of more than 1,800 healthcare, lay professionals, corporate and institutional members. The ABC's mission is to promote the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, including stroke, in Blacks and other minorities and to achieve health equity for all through the elimination of disparities. For more information on the Association of Black Cardiologists, visit

About CRF

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to helping doctors improve survival and quality of life for people suffering from heart and vascular disease. For nearly 30 years, CRF has helped pioneer innovations in interventional cardiology and educated doctors on the latest treatments for heart disease. For more information, visit