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The new president-elect of the American Heart Association's Board of Directors has local ties. 

Dr. Ivor J. Benjamin, professor of medicine and director of the Cardiovascular Center at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin, will serve as president-elect of the AHA from June 2017 to July 2018, and president for the 2018-19 term, according to a news release from the medical college. 

Benjamin previously was chair of the AHA's Research Committee.

Benjamin, who joined MCW in 2013, was born in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana.

“I am humbled and honored to be nominated for such major leadership roles in the American Heart Association, the largest professional organization commitment to the prevention, detection and treatment of heart disease and stroke both nationally and internationally,” Benjamin said.

The board of directors is the final authority on AHA operations, including being responsible for the control and management of funds, the approval of long-range goals and approval of policies and standards.

The board also has the final say on matters of employment of the chief executive officer and approval of the AHA budget. As president, Benjamin will also chair the Science Advisory & Coordinating Committee at AHA, among numerous additional duties.

“Congratulations to Dr. Ivor J. Benjamin on his election as president of the American Heart Association,” Joseph E. Kerschner, dean of the school of medicine and executive vice president of MCW said. “Under his leadership in the past four years as director of MCW’s Cardiovascular Center, we have created Signature Programs that serve as an incubator for driving the continuum of how research can be leveraged for quality patient care that improves the community’s cardiovascular health.”
 
Benjamin's medical career has taken him across the country, including 10 years spent as a tenured professor of internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. 

“Dr. Ivor Benjamin is recognized internationally as a thought leader in cardiovascular medicine and research, and we are extremely pleased that he will share his talents and expertise on the national stage as president of the American Heart Association,” said MCW President and CEO John R. Raymond.

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