Local Physician Awarded Diplomate Status

Orland Park, Ill.– Kathleen Drinan DO, FACC, a local cardiologist in private practice, has recently been awarded Diplomate status with the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology (ACCL). The ACCL is a nonprofit certifying organization dedicated to reducing the morbidity and mortality from dyslipidemia and related diseases by assessing qualifications and certifying knowledge in clinical lipidology.

Dr. Drinan has been in private practice at her Orland Park office 16515 106th Ct, Orland Park, Illinois, since 1999. She practices Cardiology, and believes that most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented. Her desire to obtain additional training in lipidology was a result of her quest to continue to prevent cardiovascular disease in her patients.

Dr. Kathleen Drinan is one of the first physicians from across the nation who have achieved this important credential. ACCL Diplomates can use the title of “Clinical Lipid Specialist” and append the letters “CLS” to their names in formal contexts. The designation indicates those healthcare professionals who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues by having satisfied the credentialing and testing requirements established by the ACCL.

To obtain Diplomate status with the ACCL, a healthcare professional must complete a range of continuing medical education requirements and successfully pass a rigorous examination. Professionals in the area of lipid management specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cholesterol disorders known as dyslipidemia, which may cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease is responsible for approximately one-third of all deaths in the U.S.

For more information on certification, visit www.lipidspecialist.org. To learn more about dyslipidemia and the field of lipidology, visit the National Lipid Association website at www.lipid.org.

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