Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, Professor of Medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine and the Tulane Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana delivered the 30th annual Irwin R. Callen, MD Memorial Lectureship, the "Legacy of Knowledge", on August 19, 2018 at the Florida Chapter of American College of Cardiology's annual meeting at Disney's BoardWalk Inn, Orlando, Florida.  

Dr. Ferdinand spoke about how racial/ethic minorities, especially African Americans (AAs) have a higher prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension, diabetes mellitus, obesity, and atheroslerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and compared to whites, an earlier age of onset of CV disease among AAs.  This highly prevalent, more severe, and less controlled hypertension contributes to disparities in stroke, heart failure, and peripheral artery disease and premature mortality among African Americans.  These disparities in CVD are the greatest area of opportunity for the prevention of disease if effectively managed and prevented across all populations.

We were honored to have had Dr. Ferdinand present this prestigious lecture honoring the memory of Dr. Irwin R. Callen and continuing his legacy.