F. Roosevelt Gilliam, III, M.D., a cardiologist with Palmetto Heart, a Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group practice, has been recognized by the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) as its Chief Science Officer (CSO). Gilliam, an ABC life member, served as the organization’s board chair from 2000-2002. As CSO, Gilliam will lead all development and implementation of scientific priorities as well as support ABC committees to promote research outcomes with intent to fostering provider and patient education. Previously, ABC named Gilliam as a recipient of the Hero Award for his commitment to teaching and mentoring young students.

“Dr. Gilliam’s broad clinical, academic and research background, along with his knowledge of the operational aspects of investigational trials and the research industry, positions him as the ideal candidate to serve as the CSO,” said John Fontaine, M.D., president of ABC.

Gilliam’s primary specialty is clinical cardiac electrophysiology. He has been involved in the writing and research of nearly 100 publications, abstracts and book chapters. Along with his involvement in research, work and ABC, Gilliam also is a consultant for the Food and Drug Administration on the circulatory device panel.

Gilliam, a South Carolina native, earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and biochemistry from University of Georgia (UGA) and a medical degree from Duke University. After his residencies, he was a professor at Duke University and the Medical University of Virginia. He also served in numerous organizations and government agencies including: president of the Richmond Metropolitan Chapter and Virginia Affiliate of the American Heart Association; member of the Virginia Legislature Joint Subcommittee to study issues regarding informed consent to medical procedures and treatment; member of the Heart Rhythm Society Strategic Planning Committee as well as the American College of Cardiology Education Committee. In 2012, Gilliam was awarded the Bill Hartman Award by his alma mater, UGA, as a former athlete who demonstrated the most excellence in their career over 20 years after graduation.

The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) was founded in 1974 by Richard Allen Williams, M.D., FACC and 17 other medical professionals to bring special attention to the adverse impact of cardiovascular disease on African Americans. Today the ABC has more than 1,700 members working to achieve health equity for all through the elimination of disparities.