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Keith Ferdinand, MD
Keith Ferdinand, MD

    Dr. Keith C. Ferdinand is adjunct clinical professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine, clinical professor in the cardiology division at Emory University, and chief science officer of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), Inc. in Atlanta. Prior to September 2005, he was medical director at Heartbeats Life Center in New Orleans. Dr. Ferdinand is a Principal Investigator of the Healthy Heart Community Projects, a cardiovascular risk program targeting African Americans and other high-risk populations. Healthy Heart is a nationally recognized model for community-based health screening and intervention.

    A member of the ad hoc committee on minority populations for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Dr Ferdinand also serves on the National High Blood Pressure Education Program Coordinating Committee. He was a member of the Antihypertensive and Lipid Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT) Data Safety and Monitoring Board and chair of Section Four of the Sixth Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC 6). Additionally, he was director of the NHLBI Physician's Health Network, a program that educated physicians and the lay population on cardiovascular risk reduction.

    Dr. Ferdinand is past president and a member of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners; past president of the Orleans Division of the American Heart Association (AHA); and past chair of the board of the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. In 2004, he received the Louis B. Russell, Jr. Memorial Award from AHA and the Walter M. Booker Community Service Award from ABC. Dr Ferdinand has authored two chapters, "New Approaches to the Pharmacologic Treatment of Hypertension" and "Update on the Treatment of Hypertension," of Cardiology Clinics in 1999 and 2001, respectively. He also coauthored "Medical Management of Coronary Heart Disease in Blacks" in Cardiovascular Diseases in Blacks. He was host and producer of "Health Issues 2000," a community cable talk show, and previously produced "You and Your Health," a local radio talk show in New Orleans.

    Dr. Ferdinand received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, a diplomat certified in the subspecialty of nuclear cardiology, a certified specialist in clinical hypertension in the American Society of Hypertension, and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

    He presently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, having been displaced in September 2005 from his native New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed his cardiovascular center and severely damaged his home. In Atlanta, he is Director of the ABC Hurricane Katrina Relief effort, known as the HOPE (Health Outreach and Empowerment) Initiative.

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