UPMC Heart Valve Symposium

Pittsburgh, PA US
May 7, 2022

The UPMC Heart Valve Symposium will provide an immersive and interactive experience into one of the most rapidly advancing and exciting spaces in cardiovascular medicine and surgery—heart valve disease.  Experts from the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute will explore the continuum of structural heart disease from diagnosis to work-up to intervention, with a focus on the lifelong management of heart valve disease.  Interactive didactic, challenging cases, and panel discussions will provide a deep dive into the latest advancements and best-practice management strategies, including the cutting-edge of transcatheter heart valve repair and replacement, minimally invasive and robotic-assisted valve surgery, and advanced imaging techniques.  This course will also look to what the future has in store—novel technologies, therapies, and clinical trials.  All members of the multi-disciplinary heart team, current and future, are invited to join us as we do a deep dive into heart valve disease!

Target Audience

The UPMC Heart Valve Symposium is designed for primary care and family medicine practitioners, internists, non-invasive cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, advanced practice providers, nurses, research, administration, quality and data professionals, medical students, residents, and fellows and all other members of the heart care team.

Learning Objectives

The UPMC Heart Valve Symposium intends to fulfill the following learning objectives:

•    Increase understanding of screening, diagnosis, and treatment of aortic, mitral, and tricuspid valvular heart disease in various patient populations. 
•    Understand advanced modalities to image aortic, mitral, and tricuspid heart valves.
•    Increase knowledge of medical therapies and transcatheter and/or surgical interventions for treatment of valvular heart disease, and the risks and benefits of the different therapeutic options.
•    Enhance understanding of importance of the multi-disciplinary heart team approach to treatment of structural heart disease.
•    Recognize impact of social determinants of health on structural heart disease outcomes.
•    Conduct a deep dive into technical aspects of transcatheter and surgical interventions to manage aortic, mitral, and tricuspid heart valve disease.
•    Explore landmark, recent and upcoming clinical trials, and their impact on heart valve disease
•    Explore complex and challenging cases in structural heart disease patients and tactics and techniques for management.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 6.00 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.
  • 6.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 6.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
03/31/2022
Course expires: 
12/31/2022
Event starts: 
05/07/2022 - 8:00am EDT
Event ends: 
05/07/2022 - 5:00pm EDT

Program Agenda:
7:30-8:00am:    Virtual Registration

8:00-8:05am:    Welcome
Ibrahim Sultan, MD

Section I:    Aortic Valve Disease: Moderated by Conrad Smith, MD
8:05-8:20am:    TAVR in the low-risk patient population – Are we there yet?
Dustin Kliner, MD

8:20-8:35am:    Role of advanced imaging in heart valve disease 
Josh Levenson, MD

8:35-8:50am:    Valve selection in TAVR – How do I decide? 
Hemal Gada, MD

8:50-9:05am:    Percutaneous coronary interventions with TAVR – Tips and Tricks
Catalin Toma, MD

9:05-9:20am:    The challenging TAVR: Approach and Considerations
Amit Vora, MD

9:20-9:35am:    Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement – What does the future look like?
Ibrahim Sultan, MD
    
9:35-9:50am:    Panel Discussion
Moderators: Hani Alkhatib, MD; George Jabbour, MD; Forozan Navid, MD; David West, MD

9:50-10:05am:    Break

Section II:    Mitral & Tricuspid Valve Disease 
Moderated by Hemal Gada, MD

10:05-10:20am:    Transcatheter mitral edge to edge repair in Low-Risk Patients: What are the goal posts?
Conrad Smith, MD

10:20-10:35am:    Thinking beyond the clip – Strategies for percutaneous mitral valve replacement
Saurabh Sanon, MD

10:35-10:50am:    Heart failure management in functional mitral regurgitation
Jennifer Kliner, CRNP

10:50-11:05am:    Percutaneous Tricuspid valve repair – Making it a reality
Jeffrey Fowler, DO

11:05-11:20:am:    Challenging Case Deep Dive: Mitral/Tricuspid
Amber Makani, MD

11:20-11:35am:    Embracing the robot for mitral valve surgery 
Johannes Bonatti, MD

11:35-11:50am:    Valve repair and replacement for Endocarditis: When and how?
Pyongsoo Yoon, MD

11:50-12:05pm:    Panel Discussion
Moderators: Bill Katz, MD; Elif Sade, MD; Derek Serna-Gallegos, MD; Mike Lazar, MD

12:05-12:20pm:    Break

Section III:    Structural Heart Disease – What does the future look like? 
Moderated by Ibrahim Sultan, MD

12:20-12:35pm:    When is the heart too far gone for valve intervention? Role of mechanical circulatory support
David J. Kaczorowski, MD

12:35-12:50pm:    State of the Art: Update on Heart Valve Guidelines
Danny Chu, MD

12:50-1:05pm:    Mechanical circulatory support during structural interventions: What is my algorithm?
Robert Maholic, DO

1:05-1:20pm:    Referral for heart valve disease interventions? Do we need to lower the threshold?
Matt Suffoletto, MD

1:20-1:35pm:    Maintaining Excellence in heart valve therapies – Role of the Heart team
Lisa Henry, DNP, CRNP, FACC

1:35-1:50pm:    What upcoming clinical trials will be game changing for heart valve disease? 
Hemal Gada, MD

1:50-2:15pm:    Final Panel Discussion
Moderators: Francis D. Ferdinand, MD; Beth Piccione, MD; Suresh Mulukutla, MD

2:15pm:        Adjournment

Herberman Conference Center at UPMC Shadyside
5150 Centre Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
United States

Virtual via Zoom in addition to Herberman Conference Center?

Course Directors:
Ibrahim Sultan, MD
Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Surgical Director, UPMC Center for Heart Valve Disease
Director, UPMC Center for Thoracic Aortic Disease
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

A.J. Conrad Smith, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Chief, Diversity, and Inclusion, Division of Cardiology
Medical Director, UPMC Center for Heart Valve Disease
Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, UPMC Presbyterian
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Hemal Gada, MD, MBA
President, Heart and Vascular Institute, UPMC Central PA
Medical Director, Structural Heart Program
UPMC Central PA
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Program Faculty:
Hani Alkhatib, MD
Director, Structural Heart Program
UPMC Western Maryland
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Johannes Bonatti, MD
Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery 
Director, Robotic Cardiac Surgery
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Danny Chu, MD
Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Director of Cardiac Surgery, Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Health System
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Francis D. Ferdinand, MD
Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief, Cardiac Surgery, UPMC Hamot
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Jeffrey Fowler, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Lisa Henry DNP, CRNP
HVI APP Manager
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute 

George Jabbour, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Cardiology
Medical Director, Cardiac Catheterization Lab
UPMC Altoona
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

David Kaczorowski, MD
Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Surgical Director, UPMC Center for Advanced Heart Failure
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

William Katz, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director of Adult Echocardiography Laboratory
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute 

Dustin Kliner, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute 

Jennifer Kliner, CRNP
Clinical Project Director
Advanced Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension Programs
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Michael Lazar, MD, MHA
Executive Medical Director, UPMC Susquehanna HVI
Regional Director, HVI Cardiac Surgery UPMC Susquehanna, Altoona and Western Maryland
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Joshua Levenson, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, UPMC Center for Cardio-Oncology
Co-Director, Noninvasive Cardiology, UPMC Shadyside 
Associate Director, Cardiology Fellowship Program
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Robert Maholic, DO
Interventional Cardiologist
UPMC Hamot
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute 

Amber Makani, MD
Structural Heart Fellow
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute 

Suresh Mulukutla, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Chair, Cardiology, UPMC Passavant
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Forozan Navid, MD
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Clinical Director
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute 

Beth Piccione, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine 
Director, Northern Regional Pod
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute 
President, UPMC Jameson and UPMC Horizon

L. Elif Sade, MD
Professor of Medicine
Vice President, European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute 

Saurabh Sanon, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Interventional Cardiology Research
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute 

Derek Serna-gallegos, MD
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery 
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute 

Matthew Suffoletto, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, UPMC Mercy Echocardiography Lab
Associate Medical Director, UPMC Presbyterian Echocardiography Lab
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Catalin Toma, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Interventional Cardiology
Director of the Interventional Fellowship
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute 

Amit Vora, MD
Interventional Cardiologist
UPMC Central PA
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute 

David West, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Pyongsoo Yoon, MD
Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Co-Clinical Director
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute 

Program Staff:
Angela Kinnunen
Shelly Miller
Raquel Singleton
Jennifer Sadecky

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 6.0 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 6.0 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 6.0 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

  • 6.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 6.00 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.
  • 6.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 6.00 Attendance
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