Jeffrey C. Astbury has been elected as a Fellow of the American College
of Cardiology (FACC), in recognition of his professional achievement and
commitment to quality cardiovascular care. Dr. Astbury's Fellow designation
will be officially recognized during the Convocation Ceremony on Sunday,
March 19, 2017, in conjunction with the ACC's 66th Annual Scientific
Session in Washington, DC.
Dr. Astbury has earned degrees in physics, electrical engineering and biomedical
engineering, medicine, then completed cardiac anesthesiology and advanced
echocardiography training. In addition to teaching several courses in
echocardiography, he has published articles on hemodynamic modeling, electrophysiology
and mitral regurgitation. He is board-certified in anesthesiology and
double board-certified in preoperative and adult transesophageal echocardiography.
Dr. Astbury is one of 15 physicians in the country to be certified four
times by the American Board of Echocardiography. He the Director of Cardiovascular
Anesthesiology at Butler Health System, where they have achieved the best
Healthgrades scores in cardiac surgery in the state and in the top 5%
in the country.
"The FACC designation has a long history of recognizing the top cardiovascular
professionals in the world and honoring them for their commitment to advancing
the field and ensuring patients get the best possible care," said
ACC President Richard Chazal, MD, FACC. "Congratulations to Dr. Astbury
for joining this elite group."
Fellows are elected based on their outstanding credentials, community contributions
to cardiovascular medicine and recommendations from their peers attesting
to their commitment to professional excellence.
"I am thrilled to receive this honor! I have invested 40 years of
post-high school education, research and clinical experience to achieve
the FACC distinction. I thank my mentors, especially Dr. Michael Malkowski
and Dr. Sunil Mankad, for their commitment to excellence and their encouragement.
I also thank my colleagues at Butler Anesthesia Associates, the BHS cardiac
surgeons and BHS cardiologists for their support. I will spend the rest
of my career learning, practicing and teaching the best cardiovascular
"Butler Health System has consistently earned accolades for its heart
program and quality care, said Butler Health System President & CEO
Ken DeFurio. “These accolades are a direct result of the fine, high-quality
physicians who provide care, and lead the care team. Butler is proud of Dr.
Astbury’s well-deserved achievement, and we honor this designation.
We would not be the health system we are without people like him.”