Pittsburgh Heart Team Summit

July 1, 2021 to July 16, 2021

The Annual Pittsburgh Heart Team Summit provides tools to physicians and physician extenders, including those in surgery and cardiology, which enable collaboration in the care of patients with cardiovascular diseases.  The symposium began in August, 2015 as the UNC/ISMICS Heart Team Summit. The Summit moved to Pittsburgh in 2019 and expanded to include multidisciplinary collaboration for atrial fibrillation and pacemaker/defibrillator lead management, heart valve disease, cardiovascular imaging, coronary artery disease, venous embolism, and heart failure. 

For 2020, the COVID pandemic has dramatically impacted our ability to come together. This year the Summit will virtually integrate the cultures of cardiology and cardiac surgery with regional physicians, physician extenders and providers.  Barriers such as facility limitations and communication difficulties will be addressed during this seminar. Evidence-based recommendations and treatment guidelines will direct the educational presentations and provide attendees with key learning objectives for related application in their practices. 

Target Audience

  • Cardiologists
  • Cardiac Surgeons
  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Registered Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Perfusionists
  • Medical Technicians
  • Hospital Administrators

Learning Objectives

After this activity, the learners should be able to:

  1. Describe the clinical advantages of multispecialty team health care delivery;
  2. Communicate more effectively across specialties;
  3. Explain the evidence-based guidelines for up-to-date cardiovascular therapies.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 11.75 AAPA Category I CME
  • 11.75 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.
  • 11.75 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 11.75 Attendance
Course opens: 
03/16/2021
Course expires: 
12/31/2021
Event starts: 
07/01/2021 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
07/16/2021 - 4:00pm
Live Virtual Conference

The 2020 invited faculty includes leading experts in cardiovascular team care:
Dr. Andrea Natale  
Dr. Conrad Smith
Dr. Jacob Jentzer
Dr. Felix Yang
Dr. Gansevoot Dunnington
Dr. Joao Cavalcante
Dr. Jonathan Piccini
Dr. Roger Carrillo
Dr. Monica Gomberg
Dr. Jeffery Liu
Dr. Matthew Romano
Dr. Alison Bailey
Dr. Michael Mack
Dr. Thomas Caranasos
Dr. Brian Henry
Dr. Blase Caravelle
Dr. L. Wiley Nifong
Dr. Lemuel Kirby
Dr. Isaac George
Dr. Matthew Wiisanen
Dr. Andrew Waxler
Dr. Jason Katz
Dr. Stephen Bailey
Dr. Erik Lehr
Dr. Prem Soman
Dr. David Lasorda
Dr. Joseph Dearani   

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Pittsburgh and St. Clair Health Foundation. 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 blended activity for a maximum of 11.75 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 11.75 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 11.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Other Healthcare Professionals
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

  • 11.75 AAPA Category I CME
  • 11.75 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.
  • 11.75 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 11.75 Attendance
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