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North Oaks Cardiologist to Help Lead American Heart Association

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North Oaks Cardiologist to Help Lead American Heart Association

Jherie Ducombs, MD, FACC, was elected to the American Heart Association (AHA) Southeast Board of Directors. Dr. Ducombs will serve on the board during the association’s 2020-2021 fiscal year. The AHA is the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The AHA Southeast region services Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Puerto Rico.

Ducombs is a Cardiologist with North Oaks Cardiology Clinic and serves as assistant chief medical officer of North Oaks Health System and chairman of the Network Operations Council for North Oaks Physician Group.

“The AHA's dedication to improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans is vitally important work -- even more so today as we struggle across the nation with COVID-19,” said Ducombs. “I am honored to serve as a board member during these critical times for public health improvement and look forward to helping the AHA continue to lead the fight to saves lives from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”

During the upcoming year, Dr. Ducombs will continue to play an instrumental role in guiding efforts to reduce the incidences of heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 5 leading killers, respectively, of American men and women.

Dr. Ducombs is passionate about patient safety and heart disease prevention, which was highlighted when she was chosen as one of 10 2019 “Women in Medicine” honorees by the AHA-Greater New Orleans. The Women in Medicine recognition award is given to 10 local female leaders who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the field of medicine and have made a local impact on health care in New Orleans.

Additionally, she recently served as a representative devoted to reducing the prevalence of heart disease to advance the mission of the Million Hearts® initiative in Louisiana. This collaborative aligned to better meet the goal of preventing a million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.

The AHA is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, AHA funds innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with the AHA by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.