Dean G. Karalis, MD, FACC, FNLA, director of Preventive Cardiology, at PAH, and a clinical professor of Medicine at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, has been named the president elect of the Northeast Lipid Association of the National Lipid Association (NLA), and takes office in May 2016.
The NLA consists of a total of five regional chapters representing more than 3,500 members from the U.S. It is a multidisciplinary specialty society including physicians, allied health clinicians, researchers, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and dietitians.
The NLA was formed in 2000 to promote the specialization of clinical lipidology, a fairly young yet rapidly growing integrative branch of medicine focusing on lipids (molecules of fats, oils, waxes, some vitamins, and hormones), their metabolism and associated disorders.
Associated disorders such as heart attack and stroke account for approximately one-third of all deaths in the U.S. “Lipid management, involving lifestyle, dietary and pharmacologic interventions, has shown to be a most effective way to treat cardiovascular disease. Yet the number of specialists with expertise in lipid management is lacking in proportion to the number of patients facing cardiovascular and metabolic disorders,” said Daniel J. McCormick, DO, FACC, FSCAI, an interventional cardiologist at PAH and long-time colleague of Karalis.