INDIANAPOLIS, IN – One of Indiana’s most renowned heart doctors recently received an international medical society’s highest designation for his stellar career of achievement in the field involving the study and treatment of the human heart.
James B. Hermiller, MD, FACC, an interventional cardiologist at the St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis, has been named to the new class of Master Fellows of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the professional medical society for adult and pediatric invasive/interventional cardiologists. SCAI is recognized worldwide for its commitment to quality and education for enhancing the care of patients who suffer from all forms of congenital and acquired cardiovascular disease
The Society’s Master Fellow – or MSCAI – designation acknowledges outstanding members for a career achievement of excellence in patient care, teaching, research and innovation. To qualify for this prestigious designation, individuals must have a record of notable achievements in science, innovation, technical developments, teaching, leadership and service to the Society and the clinical practice of interventional cardiology, and have been an active Fellow of SCAI for at least 10 years.
“Master Fellow – or MSCAI – is a tremendous honor awarded to a small number of SCAI Fellows, selected by their peers, as invasive/interventional cardiologists who have demonstrated leadership, clinical excellence and significant achievements over the course of their careers,” said SCAI President Kenneth Rosenfield, MD, MHCDS, MSCAI. “The MSCAI designation identifies the recipient is among the outstanding leaders and pioneers of our profession.”SCAI Master Fellows, who are recognized annually and represent a fraction of the Society’s membership, are exceptional frontrunners who serve as department chairs, division chiefs, board of directors’ chairpersons, organizational CEOs, journal editors and patent holders – each having made lasting and extensive contributions to SCAI and the entire field of invasive/interventional cardiology.
“I am humbled and honored to be named a Master Fellow by my peers in the Society,” said Hermiller. “It is extremely rewarding to know our care for patients here in Indiana has contributed to the advancement of heart care across the globe. Such recognition inspires us to continue pushing the envelope to improve outcomes for our patients".
In addition to being a Master Fellow of SCAI, Hermiller is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and a longtime associate director of the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics course. He is a frequent speaker at ACC, SCAI and American Heart Association (AHA) meetings as well as numerous other national and international gatherings of physicians.
Hermiller has been actively involved in clinical research into structural and valvular heart disease, the evaluation of new interventional devices and multiple other trials of minimally invasive cardiovascular therapies. He is also a prolific author who has published more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, numerous abstracts and a significant number of textbook chapters.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Ohio, Hermiller earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He then completed his internal medicine training at the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center and his cardiology fellowship at the Duke University School of Medicine.
Hermiller has spent the last 25 years in private practice with the St. Vincent Medical Group and the St. Vincent Heart Center, one of the largest, most active cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery programs in the Midwest and among the most decorated heart care programs in the nation. St. Vincent is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions is a 4,300-member professional organization representing invasive and interventional cardiologists in approximately 70 countries. SCAI's mission is to promote excellence in invasive/interventional cardiovascular medicine through physician and allied health professional education and representation, and advancement of quality standards to enhance patient care. For more information about SCAI, visit www.SCAI.org. Follow @SCAI on Twitter for the latest heart health news.
In Indiana, Ascension’s St. Vincent operates 20 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices and clinics that cover a 57-county area and employ more than 15,000 associates. Across the state, St. Vincent provided more than $266 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Indiana for 136 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.stvincent.org.