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Samaritan Cardiologist Accepts Oregon Leadership Role

Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute cardiologist Edward Toggart, MD, will begin a three-year term as governor for the Oregon Chapter of American College of Cardiology in April. Dr. Toggart was elected to the position in 2015, and has been serving as governor-elect. The Oregon Chapter works to promote education and research and to influence health care policy through the cardiovascular community.

Cardiologists and others who work in cardiovascular care face many challenges as a result of health care transformation, with understanding research and implementing new technology, all while maintaining the best patient care.

“Cardiologists have to position themselves in order to meet these challenges,” Dr. Toggart said.

In his leadership role, Dr. Toggart wants to ensure that cardiology professionals have access to the educational activities and resources available through the American College of Cardiology. He plans to engage members in local educational programs, as well as represent the needs of cardiologists with legislators and agencies that make decisions about coverage for payment for services at the state and national levels. He also wants to develop a strategic plan for the Oregon Chapter to support cardiologists in training and early career physicians.

Already, Dr. Toggart has given expert testimony to Oregon’s Health Evidence Review Commission about draft policy on treating patients with stable angina. Dr. Toggart specializes in invasive and interventional cardiology and has a wealth of research and practical experience. He was instrumental in establishing best practices policy and to establish insurance coverage for patients with stable angina.

Dr. Toggart is board certified in cardiology and interventional cardiology, and is a fellow of both the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. As an investigator on numerous research trials and grants, Dr. Toggart has published numerous articles and has written extensively on cardiology-related research.

He joined Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute in 2008. Previously, he worked at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He was also an assistant professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. Dr. Toggart earned a medical degree from the University of Maryland, and completed fellowship training at Penn State University School of Medicine.