NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., October 15, 2019 — Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian is honored to announce that Dipti Itchhaporia, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.E.S.C., the Eric & Sheila Samson Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Health and director of Disease Management for the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute at Hoag, has been appointed as the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Vice President for 2020-2021 and will move on to lead the College as President in 2021- 2022.

The ACC is the leading medical society governing the practice of cardiology that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team with a sustained mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health for all. As incoming Vice President, Dr. Itchhaporia has further distinguished herself and Hoag as a leader and innovator in the field of cardiology. She has served as past president of the California Chapter of the ACC, past president of the Orange County affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA) and past board member of AHA’s Western Affiliate Board. Dr. Itchhaporia will be the fifth female president in ACC’s 70-year history.

“We are proud to congratulate Dr. Itchhaporia for her well-deserved recognition as the new ACC vice president,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag. “This position is considered one of the highest honors in the cardiology profession, and we are grateful to have a respected leader such as Dr. Itchhaporia providing care to our community here in Orange County.”

Dr. Itchhaporia and the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute at Hoag hosted the 10th Annual Meeting of the California ACC in Newport Beach on September 20-21, 2019. The conference, themed “The Heart of New Developments,” brought together industry-leading cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, physicians and nurse practitioners from around the country to learn and collaborate on the current and new modalities of heart disease, heart failure, arrhythmias, hypertension and more, through engaging panel discussions, presentations and exhibitions. Dr. Itchhaporia welcomed the attendees and lead program both days of the conference.

The Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute at Hoag is one of the preeminent cardiovascular centers on the West Coast, having received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. In addition, Hoag has also been named one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation by IBM Watson Health™ and is a designated Cardiovascular Receiving Center (CVRC) by the Orange County Emergency Medical Services in both Newport Beach and Irvine.

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Hoag’s Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart and Vascular Institute (JMCHVI) is one of the preeminent cardiovascular centers on the West Coast, and is well respected for delivering quality care and exceptional patient outcomes in the areas of valve disease, vascular disease and cardiac arrhythmia. The JMCHVI has achieved international and national accreditation for many of its programs, including being named one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation by IBM Watson Health™ and the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons placed Hoag in the highest category for quality cardiac surgery, a rating achieved by only 5 percent of hospitals nationwide. Hoag’s physicians perform more surgeries and procedures with better outcomes than any other hospital in the county.


Hoag is an approximately $1 billion nonprofit, regional health care delivery network in Orange County, California, that treats more than 30,000 inpatients and 450,000 outpatients annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals – Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which opened in 1952, and Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened in 2010 – in addition to eight health centers and 11 urgent care centers. Hoag is a designated Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hoag offers a comprehensive blend of health care services that includes five institutes providing specialized services in the following areas: cancerheart and vascularneuroscienceswomen’s health, and orthopedics through Hoag’s affiliate, Hoag Orthopedic Institutewhich consists of an orthopedic hospital and two ambulatory surgical centers. Hoag has been named one of the Best Regional Hospitals in the 2019 – 2020 U.S. News & World Report, and Becker’s Healthcare named Hoag as one of the 2018 “100 Great Hospitals in America” – a designation Hoag has received five times. For an unprecedented 23 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as one of the county’s best hospitals in a local newspaper survey. Visit for more information.