Anekwe E. Onwuanyi, MD, FACC, was installed as the 19th President of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) during the Spring 2022 Membership Meeting. He is the first board-certified, advanced heart failure specialist to hold the position in ABC’s nearly 50-year history.
Dr. Onwuanyi is Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), Medical Director of the Heart Failure Program at Grady Memorial Hospital and Co-Chair of Grady Heart and Vascular Center, Atlanta, GA. The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Morehouse School of Medicine was established in 2017 under his leadership with a key goal of diversifying the cardiovascular physician workforce. Prior to joining MSM, Dr. Onwuanyi held faculty appointments as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York.
A dedicated life member of the ABC, Dr. Onwuanyi has been active with the organization for more than 30 years. He has served in various capacities including President-Elect and Board Member, assistant editor of the ABC Digest of Urban Cardiology, chairperson of scientific symposia, and most recently as a member of ABC’s Preventive Cardiology Committee.
During his presidency, Dr. Onwuanyi will continue to prioritize diversity, inclusivity and belonging in ABC’s efforts to expand the cardiovascular workforce through solution-focused partnerships and collaborations. The commitment to innovation in education, research, advocacy and community engagement among scholars, policymakers, community leaders and advocates remains a core focus and serves to also drive real progress in addressing pervasive health disparities.