Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery
Fall 2015
» President's Corner
» APACVS 35th Annual Meeting
» Sobel Elected AAPA Secretary-Treasurer
» APACVS clears financial audit and begins
investing with a new financial firm.
» Inaugural Coronary Congress
» NCCPA CAQ Promotions Committee
» North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission. What does this Decision Mean for CVT PAs?
» Call for Volunteers - Get Involved!

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President's Corner
David E. Lizotte, Jr. PA-C, MPAS, FAPACVS
David E. Lizotte, Jr.
APACVS President

"In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed."

- Charles Darwin

As I have commented on a number of times in previous writings, the APACVS has embarked on a journey of evolving the Association More...

APACVS 35th Annual Meeting

APACVS 2015 Annual Meeting in Vegas

Registration and housing are available for the 35th Annual Meeting
on March 13-16, 2016 in Las Vegas.

In addition to cutting edge hands-on skills courses and training the Annual Meeting will include didactic learning sessions focusing in Cardiac, Critical Care, Vascular and Thoracic specialties. View our preliminary program online for more information.

We hope to see you in Vegas!

Sobel Elected AAPA Secretary-Treasurer

September 3, 2015 - Jonathan Sobel, PA-C, MBA, DFAAPA, FAPACVS, of Rockville Centre, New York, is the new American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Secretary-Treasurer. Sobel will fill the vacancy created when former Secretary-Treasurer Josanne Pagel was elected as the Academy’s president-elect. He will serve in the post through June 30, 2016.


APACVS clears financial audit and begins
investing with a new financial firm.
David J. Bunnell, MSHS, PA-C
David J. Bunnell
APACVS Treasurer

The Association of PAs in Cardiovascular Surgery contracted with Wegner CPAs from Madison, Wisconsin for a full financial audit for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2014. This independent auditing firm certified that the association’s financial statements are true and correct. The Board of Directors pursued audits for three years running because of the transitions that occurred in professional association management and the potential for financial accounting troubles that may occur as three separate entities handled the member’s funds over that time. More...

Inaugural Coronary Congress

Robert F. Carlucci, MPAS, PA-C
APACVS Member-at-Large

On August 21st of 2015, the American Association For Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Inaugural Coronary Congress took place in New York’s Times Square. I was honored and privileged to Co-Direct the event.

Some time has now passed and as I reflect on the meeting with clarity it gives me great sense of pride and satisfaction to report that it was a great success! The accomplishment was a testament to the mentorship of Doctors John Puskas and David Taggart. More...

NCCPA CAQ Promotions Committee

Bradford Ledzian, PA-C, MHS,, DFAAPA, FAPACVS
APACVS Leadership Fellow
Over the past year Bradford has been working in the capacity as advisor for the NCCPA on the CAQ promotion committee. The function of this public relations team is to promote the role, qualifications and value of certified PAs in the news media.

A CAQ in CVTS currently requires: two years of CVTS clinical experience; 150 hours of specialty relevant CME; a physician attestation of the PA’s knowledge and skills in the specialty; and the passing of the national specialty exam in CVTS.


North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission. What does this Decision Mean for CVT PAs?

Steven M. Gottesfeld, PA-C
APACVS Vice President
f you felt a recent tremor, it may not be some lost fault line that ruptured; the epicenter(s) may have derived from the State Capitals of all 50 States due to the recent Supreme Court of the United States (SCOUS) decision against the North Carolina State Board of Dentistry (NCBOD). It concerned the legality under antitrust law, of a State Board using its power to stifle competition that would have taken some business away from members of its profession. This decision has potentially changed how State Licensing Boards can regulate professions. In this article, we will review the history, examine the decision, and briefly discuss examples of how this law may affect practice in Cardiac, Thoracic, and Vascular Surgery.


Call for Volunteers - Get Involved!
Volunteerism is the lifeblood of our organization. We are looking for committed individuals to get involved and embrace their membership in the APACVS. Whether your interest is in social media, writing, education, or membership there is a volunteer position for you! A variety of opportunities exist for members to use their diverse skills, experience and knowledge. Volunteer today for openings on the following committees: CME, Communications, and Membership. More...

Call for Volunteers - Get Involved

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