Keith C Ferdinand, MD, FACC, is Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Clinical Professor in the Cardiology Division at Emory University, and Chief Science Officer of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), Inc. Board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, he is also a diplomat certified in the subspecialty of nuclear cardiology, an American Society of Hypertension-certified specialist in clinical hypertension, and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Prior to September 2005, he was Medical Director at Heartbeats Life Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. He presently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, having been displaced in September 2005 from his native New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed his cardiovascular center and severely damaged his home. In Atlanta, he is Director of the ABC Hurricane Katrina Relief effort, known as the HOPE (Health Outreach and Empowerment) Initiative. Dr Ferdinand received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine.