15th Annual Masterclass in Cardiac Morphology

October 21, 2023

We are excited to host the 15th Annual Master Class in Congenital Cardiac Morphology at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Many individuals were instrumental in bringing this course to fruition. First, we would like to thank all the faculty who are giving presentations during the course. We are particularly appreciative of our visiting professors, especially Professor Robert Anderson and Diane Spicer, BS, for their precious contributions as guest faculty. We would also like to express our gratitude to the UPMC Children’s Department of Pathology for their collaboration making the unique heart specimens from the Frank E. Sherman and Cora C. Lenox Heart Museum available for the course. In addition, we are most grateful to Mr. Bill Devine, ex curator of the Heart Museum, for his expertise and dedication to the Heart Institute’s educational mission. Katie Scollon and Drew Berkhoudt have been a tremendous help organizing this event and we are thankful for their support. We are also appreciative of James Ferris from Massive Media for his skill and dedication to this virtual Master Class.

This educational event is generously sponsored by the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s.

Thank you for your participation in this meeting and we look forward to seeing you at our next annual Mater Class!

This year’s Master Class will focus on Univentricular Heart. A true understanding of the morphologic components of this anatomy is essential to correct interpretation of diagnostic testing, and ultimately high-quality treatment to assure optimal outcomes. In this single day comprehensive course, we will focus on the morphological aspects that dictate therapeutic approaches, non-invasive imaging and management of these patients. Thus, we will commence with a discussion of development, provided by Professor Anderson on the basis of his ongoing research into the developing human and murine heart, continue with a didactic pathology presentation by Diane Spicer, followed by a video demonstration of autopsy specimens from the Frank E. Sherman and Cora C. Lenox Heart Museum by Bill Devine (retired curator for the museum). Approaches to interventional therapies, including transcatheter palliative versus surgical interventions will be discussed. Our expectations are that this be an interactive class, with discussion and audience participation in the Q&A section.

We are grateful to the many individuals that brought this course to fruition, to the Congenital Heart Academy for supporting its worldwide transmission, and to all the participating faculty and attendees.

Robert H. Anderson, Jackie Kreutzer, and Victor Morell.

Target Audience

Intended for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, and CRNAs clinically practicing in both inpatient and outpatient medicine.

Learning Objectives

• Review of the morphology of Univentricular Heart
• Review of Diagnostic Modalities
• Explore interventional treatment options
• Increase awareness of observed clinical outcomes across global Centers of Excellence
• Understanding the value of subspecialty expertise for this patient population

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.75 AAPA Category I CME
  • 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 4.75 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 4.75 Attendance
Course opens: 
09/15/2023
Course expires: 
01/31/2024
Event starts: 
10/21/2023 - 9:00am EDT
Event ends: 
10/21/2023 - 1:30pm EDT
Live Virtual Conference

Course Directors:
Professor Robert H. Anderson, MD, FRCPath
Visiting Professor, Institute of Genetic Medicine Newcastle University Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

Jacqueline Kreutzer, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Professor of Pediatrics Peter and Ada Rossin Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology Division Chief, Pediatric Cardiology Co-Director, Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Victor O. Morell, MD
Eugene S. Weiner Endowed Professor of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Chairman, Dept of Cardiothoracic Surgery VP & Strategy Officer, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Faculty:
Tarek Alsaied, MD, FACC, MSc
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Advanced Cardiac Imager
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jacob Bray, MD
Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology Ochsner Dept. of Anesthesiology Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans, Louisiana

Mario Castro-Medina, MD
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Erin Colvin, CRNP
Supervisor, APP HVI
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

William Devine, BS
Retired Curator of the Frank E. Sherman and Cora C. Lenox Heart Museum
Department of Pathology
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Lizabeth Lanford, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Interim Director, Echocardiography Laboratory
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Lauren Lorenzi Quigley, PhD
Psychologist, Behavioral Sciences Division Director of Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Care Program Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Evonne M. Morell, DO
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Director, Inpatient Cardiology Service
Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Laura Olivieri, MD, FAHA, FSCMR
Director, Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging Associate Professor of Pediatrics UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Joan Sanchez de Toledo, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics & Critical Care Medicine
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Medicine
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Diane Spicer, BS, PA (ASCP)
Curator of the Lodewyk Van Mierop Archive
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Melita Viegas, MD
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Jacqueline Weinberg, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Interim Director, Perinatal Cardiology

Course Coordinators:
Katie Scollon, MPAS, PA-C
Director, Pediatric Heart and Vascular Services
Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Drew Berkhoudt, MBA
Project Specialist
Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh


Faculty Disclosure:
All individuals in a position to control the content of this education activity have disclosed all financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

All of the relevant financial relationships for the individuals listed below have been mitigated:
Jacqueline Kreutzer, MD, FACC, FSCAI Grant/Research Support: Medtronic; Edwards Lifesciences

Laura Olivieri, MD, FAHA, FSCMR Grant/Research Support: R01, R01HL143468-0, NHLBI

No other members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician (CME)
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 4.75 contact hours.

Physician Assistant (AAPA)
The University of Pittsburgh has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 4.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.  

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 4.75 AAPA Category I CME
  • 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 4.75 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 4.75 Attendance
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This program will be free of charge for all participants.  Registration is required.

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by emailing berkhoudtd2@upmc.edu

All cancellations must be sent via email, berkhoudtd2@upmc.edu before December 9, 2022. 

For more information, please contact Drew Berkhoudt at berkhoudtd2@upmc.edu