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Term: July 1, 2017-June 30, 2019

North American Artery has concluded the ballot count of the 2017 elections, and we are pleased to announce the election results:

President-elect: Elaine M. Urbina, MD, MA

Vice President-elect: Julio A. Chirinos, MD, PhD

Secretary-Treasurer: Stella Daskalopoulou, MD, MSc, DIC, PhD

Their terms will begin July 1, 2017 and run through June 30, 2019.

The NAA Board of Directors congratulates the new officers and extends its sincere appreciation to all the candidates for their willingness to serve the Association.

President-elect - Elaine M. Urbina, MD, MS

Elaine Urbina, MD, graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1988. She subsequently trained in pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. She completed her pediatric cardiology fellowship at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1994 where she accepted an assistant professor position. In addition to practicing clinical pediatric cardiology at Tulane, she was also director of preventive cardiology and the Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory. Her research interests led her to join the world-renowned Bogalusa Heart Study, one of the longest running epidemiologic studies of CV risk factors in children. As co-investigator under the tutelage of Dr. Gerald S. Berenson, she initiated the non-invasive imaging program and supervised collection of CV data for over a decade.

Her current research includes the application of these new techniques to study the roles that pre- and post-natal nutrition, overweight, high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes play in the development of hardening of the arteries.

Dr. Urbina joined Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center as associate professor within the UC Department of Pediatrics in October of 2003 and became director of preventive cardiology in 2006. This new opportunity allowed her to concentrate her clinical practice on the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure and cholesterol. She continues her research studies concentrating on non-invasive imaging methods to measure atherosclerosis with a focus on vascular function abnormalities using the modalities of Carotid Ultrasound, Arterial Stiffness, and Endothelial Function.

Vice President-elect - Julio A. Chirinos, MD, PhD

Juilo Chirinos is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director of the Cardiovascular Phenotyping Unit, Clinical Translational Research Center, and Adjunct Faculty, Center for Magnetic Resonance and Optical Imaging at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He is also a Visiting Professor at Ghent University, Belgium. Dr. Chirinos earned his MD from the Catholic University of Santa Maria, Arequipa, Peru, and his PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Ghent, Belgium.

His research interests include the non-invasive assessment of arterial function and ventricular-vascular coupling and its role in left ventricular remodeling, dysfunction and heart failure risk. Dr. Chirinos has a particular interest in the role of the left ventricular loading sequence in patients with heart failure and normal ejection fraction as well as in the role of arterial stiffness and central arterial pressures as predictors of cardiovascular risk.  He is also interested in the cardiovascular consequences of obstructive sleep apnea.

Secretary-Treasurer-elect - Stella S. Daskalopoulou, MD, M.Sc., DIC, PhD

Stella Daskalopoulou is a tenured Associate Professor of Medicine at McGill University. She established and directs the Vascular Health Unit at the McGill University Health Centre, where she conducts research projects on vascular structure and function, including the identification of novel pathways of atherosclerotic plaque instability, image analysis of atherosclerosis plaque composition, and arteriosclerosis, with special interest in arterial stiffness and hemodynamics in subjects with cardiovascular risk factors, such as hypertension, smoking, diabetes, dyslipidemia, and pre-eclampsia. Dr. Daskalopoulou's research has led to over 100 peer-reviewed publications. 

She is a member of the central review committee of the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP), the Executive Committee of the Société des Sciences Vasculaires du Québec, and the North America Artery Society. Dr. Daskalopoulou has received several personal awards, including the Hypertension Canada New Investigator Award, the Young Researcher Award of Excellence from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Quebec, the Canadian Foundation for Women's Health Research, the Bourse Fonds de recherche du Québec Santé (FRQS) ─La Société Québécoise d'Hypertension Artérielle Jacques-de-Champlain, and the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine New Investigator award. 

Dr. Daskalopoulou holds several research grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, FRQS, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Canada Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund, amongst others. She is a clinical research scholar of the FRQS.

North American Artery 2017 By‐Laws Revisions

The Executive Committee has reviewed the Bylaws to ensure they are consistent with current policy and practice and comply with legal and governmental requirements and has recommended several changes to the current set of Bylaws. Some of these changes are simply for clarity in the wording of the Bylaws, while others are substantive in nature and represent a change to NAA’s governance structure and operations.

According to the Bylaws, it is the right of the members to vote on accepting any Bylaws amendments proposed by the National Board.  To review the detail of the proposed changes to the NAA Bylaws, you may view:

Summary of Proposed Revisions


Added Articles and Sections to conform to Robert’s Rules suggested template for by-laws.  This will also allow us to identify clearly paragraphs in any future amendments that may become necessary.

As indicated in the first Article, all subsequent references to North American Artery have been changed to NAA.

Article I – Name

Removed the address; if left in, the by-laws would have amended anytime there was an address change.

Article II – Registered Office and Registered Agent

As NAA was incorporated in the State of Texas, it is required to maintain an office in the state.  This is achieved by using a Registered Agent in Texas.  This Article specifies this and allows NAA to use the services of a registered agent.

Article III – Objectives

The objectives have been numbered.

Article IV – Policies
  1. The policies have been numbered. 
  2. Number 3 was moved to this Article from the Fiscal Policy section of the previous set of bylaws.
Article V – Membership
  1. Added a Student membership category and definition to this article. 
  2. Corrected wording under Sponsor Member Organizations so that any additional members from the firm, after the five that are included in their dues, will be paying members. 
  3. Removed references to dues amounts and replaced them with a statement indicating the amounts are set by the Board and will be communicated to members if there is an increase.  This was done so that the bylaws would not have to be amended anytime there was an increase in dues.
  4. The statement regarding members in arrears has been moved to Fiscal Policies (Article IX). 
  5. Added sections covering meetings of members, notice of meetings, and the quorum.

Article VI – General Management and Board of Directors

  1. Combined elements of General Management and Officers and Elections from the previous set of bylaws to create this article.
  2. Created a category for members of the Board called, Members-at-Large and defined their terms.
  3. Defined the Board of Directors to include Officers as well as four to six Members-at-Large.
  4. Added a Books and Records section.
  5. Defined Officers, adding the Immediate Past-President as an officer, and included their responsibilities.
  6. Defined the responsibilities of the Vice-President and Immediate Past-President, which were previously undefined.
  7. Added a section for Vacancies, defining them and the steps necessary for filling them.
  8. Added a section for Meetings and moved some elements that were included under General Management of the previous set of bylaw to this section.
  9. Added sections for Meetings and Quorum.
  10. Added a section for the Executive Committee, which defines it, the terms of office {which is recommended to be changed to two years, instead of one}, and the meetings.  Many elements were taken from General Management of the previous set of bylaws.
  11. Added a section for the hiring of an Administrative Assistant; all of the elements included in this section were taken from General Management of the previous set of bylaws.
  12. Added a section called Advisory Board, which allows the President to appoint and call upon for assistance when needed.
  13. Added two Compensation sections that define when or when not compensation for Board members is allowed.
    Article VII – Elections
    1. This was created using elements from Officer and Elections of the previous set of bylaws.  However, we added that anyone who runs for office must be a member in good standing (dues are up-to-date).
    2. A major change included in this article is the term of office, which the Secretary-Treasurer is recommending be changed from a one-year terms to a two-year term. 

    Article VIII – Committees

    1. As the previous by-laws defined them, we have created a section for Standing Committees, and added the Membership, Nominating, Program, and Publicity and Education committees and their definitions under this section.
    2. To allow for ad hoc committees and their terms, a section called General Committees was created.

    Article IX – Fiscal Policies

    1. A broad statement about the determination of dues.
    2. Delinquent dues and actions to be taken when this occurs.
    3. Employees and Agents, which empowers the Board to hire employees and contractors, when necessary.

    Article X – Foreign Aid Responsibilities

    This article took what was included in the previous bylaws and sectioned the paragraphs.

    Article XI – Indemnification of Officers and Directors

    Two sections are included in this new article.  Section 1 is for the indemnification of officers and board members by NAA, and Section 2 allows for the purchase of insurance, such as Directors and Officers insurance, with Board approval.

    Article XII – Conflicts of Interest

    Another new article that defines conflicts of interest for Board members and the steps to be taken should this arise.

    Article XIII – Dissolution

    This article was created using information that was already included in the previous set of bylaws.

    Article XIV – Revision of By-Laws

    Again, this article was created using information that was already included in the previous set of bylaws, however we have added rules for the election process (section 3) and the notification of the vote to members (section 4).


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