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Dr. Sophie Soklaridis, Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Family & Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto delivered the 31st annual Irwin R. Callen, MD Memorial Lectureship, the "Legacy of Knowledge", on August 18, 2019 at the Florida Chapter of American College of Cardiology's annual meeting at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Soklaridis spoke about how, according to the American College of Cardiology, female cardiologists are less likely to get married and have children and are more likely to face challenges with childcare, family leave policies and professional discrimination than their male counterparts. In addition, there exist negative perceptions of cardiology that are driving excellent candidates away. Although the women who choose to have careers in cardiology have made outstanding contributions to science and their field, only 14% of cardiologists are women. There are many reasons why increasing the number of women in cardiology is important to fostering excellence in cardiac research, teaching and patient care and Dr. Soklaridis will reflect, explore and consider these reasons and provided an opportunity for the audience to interact after her keynote presentation.

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