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The Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiology consists of Physician Assistants at all levels of their professional careers, ranging from PA students to clinically practicing PA’s, to those working in academia and beyond.

The Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiology (APAC) is a professional organization for Physician Assistants who practice in Cardiology. We promote and advocate for increased utilization of PAs to provide high quality, cost-effective care to patients with cardiovascular disease.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kevin Niles, PA-C
President

 

Viet Le, PA-C, AACC
President-Elect 

Amy Simone, PA-C, AACC

Immediate Past President 

Michael Clark, PA-C, FAAPA
Secretary

 

Laura Ross, PA-C, AACC
Treasurer

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Kevin Niles, PA-C

APAC President

Kevin received his B.S. in Physician Assistant studies at New York Institute of Technology and completed his MS in Physician Assistant studies Touro School of Health Science. Kevin worked as the Chief Physician Assistant for the Cardio Thoracic Surgery department at Mount Sinai Hospital under the leadership of David Adams for 10 years. Since than Kevin serves as the Chief Physician Assistant at Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island, providing a mix of clinical and administrative functions. In addition to these duties Kevin is an Active adjunct faculty for Touro School of Health where he teaches cardiology and Critical care.

 

Prior to his involvement with APAC, Kevin served on the CME committee for APACVS (Association of PA in Cardiovascular Surgery), and was Co-Chair of the APACVS national CME conference for 2015 and 2016. Kevin brings that experience with him to APAC where he’s has been instrumental in coordinating the 2019 and 2016 APAC CME annual meeting.

 

Kevin believes strongly in the mission to improve patient access to health care through advocacy and education for the PA profession. Kevin has served as treasurer of APAC for 2015/2016 and president Elect for 2017 and 2018. He looks forward to his term as APAC president.

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Viet Le, PA-C
APAC President-Elect

 

Viet obtained a BS in Exercise Science/Athletic Training in 2001 from the University of Utah and obtained a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) in 2004 from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He has practiced 7 years in Occupational Medicine, 8 years in Cardiology, and since 2012 has held the position as Cardiovascular Scientist with the Intermountain Heart Institute Cardiology Research. His primary focus is CV research, collaborating across multiple cardiac sub-specialties on a vast array of trials/studies and continues to see patients in a general cardiology practice. He is part time faculty at the Rocky Mountain University of  Health   Professions PA program and currently working on a doctorate (DMSc).

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Amy Simone, PA-C, AACC

Immediate Past President 

Amy Simone is the Immediate Past President of APAC having held office July 2017-2019. She is an Atlanta, GA native who received her Physician Assistant training in Boston, MA at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is in her 15th year of practice as a PA, the last nine of which have been in the Structural Heart arena. She was the Structural Heart and Valve Coordinator at Emory University Midtown Hospital for over 6 years before transitioning to the Piedmont Heart Institute as the Director of the Marcus Heart Valve Center in 2017. 

She is an Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC) and proudly serves on the ACC Cardiovascular Team Section Leadership Council, the ACC Physician Assistant Committee, and was recently named a member of the Georgia ACC Program Committee. In March of 2019, she co-published a textbook entitled Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Program Development- A Guide for the Heart Team and is proud of the international collaboration with non-physician leaders in the Structural Heart field. She is a delighted mom to daughter Ivy and lives in downtown Atlanta with her husband Michael and their Rhodesian Ridgeback, Grethen Starr.

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Laura Ross, PA-C, AACC, CLS
APAC Treasurer

Laura Ross is the treasurer for APAC.  She has been a cardiology physician assistant since 2004, when she graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago IL. She works at the Park Nicollet Heart and Vascular Center near Minneapolis MN. The variety offered by rounding in a suburban hospital and clinic, as well as outreach to a more rural site has provided opportunities to be involved in a variety of cardiac specialties. Prevention, Women’s Health, and CAD are some of her favorites. She is a certified Clinical Lipid Specialist, and recently started a Plant Forward cardiology clinic program.  It has been an honor to represent PAs on the ACC Interventional Leadership Council.  Opportunities to advocate for patients “on the hill” during legislative days, present at conferences and contribute to journals have been career highlights. She enjoys spending time with her 3 little girls and 2 rescue dogs.

Not Pictured: Michael Clark, PA-C, FAAPA

APAC Secretary