Mercy Cardiologist Receives Accolades by National Peers

April 16, 2014

Dr. Joseph Drozda (back row, fifth from left) along with

other ACC distinguished awardees.

At the recent 63rd annual American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting in Washington, D.C., Dr. Joseph Drozda, Mercy’s director of outcomes research, received the 2014 Presidential Citation.

Drozda, along with cardiology leaders from Mayo Clinic, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and institutions around the globe, received distinguished awards for their achievements.

“Dr. Drozda is a nationally acknowledged physician leader in health care performance measurement and quality improvement with more than 25 years of experience in clinical quality improvement at the private practice, hospital, health plan, health system and national levels,” said Dr. John Harold, ACC president. “He has an impressive record as a clinical cardiologist, clinical and health services researcher and health plan/health system management executive.”

Drozda has been a member of the ACC since 1980. He serves on the organization’s board of trustees and also chairs the ACC’s clinical quality committee. Drozda frequently headlines major medical journals, including The Journal of American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal. In 2013, Drozda was named chair of the Healthcare Transformation Group’s Research and Development Team – a group of physicians and clinical researchers from Geisinger, Intermountain Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic and Mercy who have joined forces to develop a global tracking system for implanted medical devices.  

“I’ve always looked on myself as a worker bee in support of leadership,” said Drozda. “I’ve been privileged to be a part of some very interesting work on quality in the national arena. To be recognized by my peers for that work is very fulfilling but at the same time quite humbling.”

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