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Published on March 22, 2017

Joseph Gnanaraj, MD, Named Fellow of the American College of Cardiology

New Fellows Recognized at ACC’s Annual Scientific Session

Photo of Dr. Joseph GnanarajWATERBURY, Conn. (March 22, 2017)Joseph Gnanaraj, M.D., Franklin Medical Group – Cardiology, has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC), in recognition of his professional achievement and commitment to cardiovascular care. Dr. Gnanaraj’s Fellow designation was officially recognized during the Convocation Ceremony on Sunday, March 19, 2017, which was held in conjunction with the ACC’s 66th Annual Scientific Session in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Gnanaraj is board certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine, echocardiography, peripheral vascular ultrasound and nuclear cardiology. His clinical areas of interest include management of heart failure, valvular heart disease and heart rhythm disorders, including atrial fibrillation. He is a member of the ACC Connecticut Chapter Council.

“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 A. Chazal, MD, FACC. “Congratulations to Dr. Gnanaraj for joining this elite group.”

Fellowship is one of the most distinguished designations the ACC offers its members, and is the ultimate recognition of professional achievement. Fellows are elected based on their outstanding credentials, achievements, community contributions to cardiovascular medicine and recommendations from their peers attesting to their professional competence and commitment to excellence.

When accepting election to Fellowship in ACC, each designate pledges a commitment to excellence in care and continuous learning and collaboration to improve heart health worldwide.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Gnanaraj as one of our exceptional cardiac clinicians,” said Paul Kelly, M.D., F.A.C.C., Chief of Cardiology and Medical Director, Cardiac Services, who noted that Dr. Gnanaraj is in good company. All five of the cardiologists in Franklin Medical Group are ACC Fellows. “Being honored as a Fellow of the American Cardiology is recognition of not just completing his training but doing so in esteemed fashion and raising his level of clinical expertise to a higher level. His election as a fellow instantly recognizes his clinical expertise, his training with distinction and his adherence to the mission and values of the ACC.”

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Trinity Health - New England is an integrated nonprofit health care delivery system formed in 2015 and is a member of Trinity Health located in Livonia, MI, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. Trinity Health - New England is comprised of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut; Johnson Memorial Medical Center, Johnson Memorial Hospital, and Johnson Health Care and Home & Community Health Services in Stafford Springs, Connecticut; and The Sisters of Providence Health System, which includes Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts; Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, Massachusetts; Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital, Springfield, Massachusetts; Brightside for Families and Children; and Mercy Continuing Care Network that includes Mercy Homecare, Mercy Hospice and Mercy LIFE.

The ACC’s Annual Scientific Session, which in 2017 was held March 17-19 in Washington, brings together cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists from around the world to share the newest discoveries in treatment and prevention. Follow @ACCMediaCenter and #ACC17 for the latest news from the meeting.

The American College of Cardiology is a 52,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit

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