Doug Waldo, Director, Clinical Services

Dr. Kong is Director, Government Relations. Dr. B. Waine Kong has been at the forefront of efforts to reduce the ravages of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Dr Kong served as CEO of Association of Black Cardiologists, USA for 21 years and later as Executive Vice President at the Heart Institute of the Caribbean prior to his current role. As CEO of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), Dr. Kong grew ABC into an international organization which actively advocates for culturally competent health care, increased representation of minorities in the health professions, and availability of appropriate health care and medication for all citizens. ABC remains the leading authority in the world on ethnic and cultural competencies in cardiovascular care. Dr. Kong (along with Dr. Elijah Saunders) conducted the first clinical trials for African Americans relating to the efficacy, sexual side effects and quality of life of various treatments for high blood pressure. With a grant from the American Heart Association, Drs. Kong and Saunders developed language describing the early warning signs of heart attack that was later adopted by the American Heart Association (AHA). Dr. Kong also co-authored the Vital Signs Quality of Life questionnaire that was used in several clinical trials.