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Vienna, VA (July 31, 2012) - The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announces the election of John R. Lesser, MD, FSCCT, as its new president and J. Jeffrey Carr, MD, FSCCT, as president-elect of the society. Jonathon A. Leipsic, MD, FSCCT, is joining the executive committee as treasurer. The announcement was made official at the 7th Annual Scientific Meeting, recently held in Baltimore, Maryland.


Dr. Lesser is the Director of Cardiovascular CT and MRI at the Minneapolis Heart Institute/Abbott Northwestern Hospital and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. His areas of expertise include Cardiac MRI, Vascular MRI, Cardiac CT for both adult and pediatric patients, and Vascular CT. In addition to his distinguished research and practice, Dr. Lesser's leadership experience makes him well-suited to guide the professional society devoted exclusively to cardiac CT.


Dr. Carr is the Director of Biomedical Informatics Program, Translational Sciences Institute at Wake Forest University School of Medicine Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His clinical practice includes cardiovascular imaging with MRI, CT, and ultrasound in a multi-disciplinary academic setting. His research focus is combining imaging techniques with population-based research to provide insight into how atherosclerosis and obesity influence cardiovascular disease. He has extensive experience in translational science with research including the use of animal models, including non-human primates, for atherosclerosis, obesity and cancer. Dr. Carr serves on a variety of committees and scientific review groups for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the American Heart Association (AHA), and others, and is a consultant to the National Institutes of Health.   


The remainder of the executive committee is as follows:


Immediate Past President - James K. Min, MD, FSCCT, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  He is also the Director of Cardiac Imaging Research and Co-Director of Cardiac Imaging in the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.


Secretary - Stephan Achenbach, MD, FSCCT, Professor of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, University of Erlangen, Germany



About the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

(SCCT) is the professional society devoted exclusively to cardiovascular computed tomography (CCT). It is acknowledged and recognized as the representative and advocate for research, education, and clinical excellence in the use of cardiovascular computed tomography.  For more information on the Society's Mission and Goals, please visit the SCCT Website at:


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