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Rolando L. deGoma, MD. FACC, FNLA is a dedicated preventive cardiologist and clinical cholesterol specialist with over 30 years of private practice experience. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Clinical Lipidology.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the National Lipid Association.  

During the first 20 years of his private cardiology practice, he took care of many really sick heart patients requiring periodic hospitalizations and procedures just like other cardiologists. That experience was a good preparation and the compelling reason for what he chose to do starting in 2001 - firstly, preventing those with already existing heart disease from getting another heart attack, from needing to have another stent or bypass and from developing heart failure and secondly, identifying those who have not yet develop a heart attack or stroke but are at high or very high risk to succumb to it within the next 10 years, and then use optimal medical therapy to stop disease progression and even induce disease regression when possible. He developed care innovations which includes PaKS approach and ACCEPT clinical management system and published his practice superior performance data in 2006.

ACC President 2004

ACC President 2004

In 2004, three years after Dr. deGoma incorporated aggressive prevention as routine part of all cardiology visits and he started to see its benefits for my patients. Dr. Wolk, the president of his professional organization - the American College of Cardiology (ACC) posed this question - “So, why aren’t all cardiologist preventive?”.  We all knew exactly why.

ACC President 2015

ACC President 2015

11 years later, Dr. Williams, the 2015 ACC president addressed the same question and proposed that - “It is time to turn off the faucet instead of just mopping the floor.”

In Dr. deGoma’s practice, turning off the faucet started in 2001 and five years later, the mopping of the floor stopped.

The next step is population health in the community setting. 

Can a large population of high and very high risk patients under the care of health providers of one health system/ACO, where the providers receive practical clinical lipidology training and clinical tools to successfully implement Million Hearts treatment guidelines, have significantly better clinical outcomes compared to those patients of another competing health system/ACO without such training and clinical tools? Yes, they can.

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