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Saint Alphonsus doctor appointed Pacific Lipid Association president

Dr. J. Antonio G. Lopez, a cardiologist, lipidologist and hypertension specialist at Saint Alphonsus Medical Group Heart Care in Boise, has been appointed president of the Pacific Lipid Association.

The PLA is a nonprofit organization that aims to reduce deaths related to high cholesterol. Its parent organization is the National Lipid Association.

Lopez holds several positions at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center: director of preventive cardiology and cardiovascular rehabilitation, director of the Lipid Clinic, director of the LDL Apheresis Program, and chair of cardiology. He previously served as director of the Lipid Clinic and director of cardiovascular outpatient and outreach programs at the University of Iowa, where he also served on the faculty. Before that, he was medical director of preventive cardiology, cardiovascular rehabilitation, and the Lipid Clinic and Prevention Center at the Prairie Heart Institute in Springfield, Ill. He has also been a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego, and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Lopez earned his medical degree Cum Laude at Harvard Medical School, where he won the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Merit Scholar Award. He completed his internal medicine residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a research fellow in the cardiac unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

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