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29th Annual Advances in Heart Disease

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Department: Medicine
Course Number: MDM13A02
Start: Friday, December 14, 2012
End: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Location: San Francisco, California
Grand Hyatt Hotel San Francisco
Fees: Before 11/30/2012
$585 Physicians
$400 Nurses / Allied Health Professionals, Residents / Fellows

After 11/30/2012
$635 Physicians
$450 Nurses / Allied Health Professionals, Residents / Fellows
Credit: 16.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™


Our 29th annual course, “Advances in Heart Disease,” will again strive to present topics that highlight new evidencebased medicine findings reported within the last one to two years that impact on clinical practice. These will range across a variety of cardiologic subspecialty interests including preventive cardiology, congenital heart disease, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiac imaging, cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, clinical cardiology, and cardiac surgery. Our faculty will include a distinguished group of visiting academicians from North America together with outstanding teachers and clinicians from the University of California, San Francisco. We plan to offer adequate time after each set of lectures in a given topic area to permit a panel discussion as well as to extend to our attendees the opportunity to comment and/or to direct questions to the faculty.

This course is intended for cardiovascular specialists, practicing cardiologists, internists, family physicians, cardiovascular and critical care nurses, and paraphysicians.

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Upon completion of the course, attendees should be able to:

  • Manage pregnant women with heart disease, with understanding of valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease, hypertension and cardiomyopathy during pregnancy and post-partum;
  • Analyze the latest developments on how renal function affects cardiovascular health, with understanding of cardiorenal syndrome, optimal use of diuretics and interventional renal approaches for managing hypertension;
  • Identify the advances in the use of cardiac imaging, with the understanding of how myocardial viability affects coronary bypass surgical outcomes and when cardiac MRI is the preferred imaging approach;
  • Improve the management of patients with thrombosis and embolism, in particular acute pulmonary embolism, chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, and thromboembolic strokes;
  • Recognize the effects of dietary supplements on heart disease;
  • Identify the special considerations of sexual activity in patients with heart disease;
  • Improve upon the treatment of coronary heart disease in the setting of systemic inflammatory conditions (e.g., in rheumatoid arthritis);
  • Review a modern and evidence-based work-up for arrhythmia management, with understanding of indications for ablation of frequent PVCs, use of resynchronization therapy, appropriate use of ICDs and electromagnetic interference of pacemaker function;
  • Recognize the latest catheter-based and surgical treatments, with understanding of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), aortic aneurysm and dissection, percutaneous mitral valve repair and recent developments in coronary intervention.

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The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This Live activity, 29th Annual Advances in Heart Disease, with a beginning date of December 14, 2012, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 16.75 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Course Outline:


7:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:10 Welcome and Symposium Perspective
Dr. Peter Ganz

Presiding: Dr. Gabriel Gregoratos
8:15 Valvular Heart Disease in Pregnancy
Dr. Gabriel Gregoratos

8:55 Congenital Heart Disease in Pregnancy
Dr. Elyse Foster

9:35 Peripartum Cardiomyopathy: New Concepts in Pathophysiology and Management
Dr. Uri Elkayam

10:15 Break/Refreshments

10:40 Hypertension in Pregnancy
Dr. Neal Benowitz

11:20 Panel Discussion of Audience Questions
Drs. Gregoratos, Foster, Elkayam and Benowitz

12:00 pm Lunch (On Your Own)

Presiding: Dr. Peter Ganz

1:15 Interventional Approach to Managing Hypertension
Dr. Yerem Yeghiazarians

1:45 Cardiorenal Syndrome: What is It and What Can
be Done for It?
Dr. Ramin Sam

2:15 Diuretics in Heart Failure: What’s Best and Why?
Dr. Uri Elkayam

2:45 Panel Discussion of Audience Questions
Drs. Yeghiazarians, Sam and Elkayam

3:15 Break/Refreshments

Presiding: Dr. Peter Ganz
3:35 Cardiac MRI: When and Why is It the Preferred Approach
Dr. Thomas Urbania

4:05 Myocardial Viability Assessment in Evaluation for CABG
Dr. Michael Crawford

4:35 Panel Discussion of Audience Questions
Drs. Urbania and Crawford

5:00 pm Adjourn



7:00 am Continental Breakfast

Presiding: Dr. Mary Gray
8:15 am Acute Pulmonary Embolism: Advances in Management
Dr. Gregory Piazza

8:45 Stoke: Update in Management Strategies and Outcomes
Dr. Veneeta Singh

9:15 Cryptogenic Stroke: When and How Best to Treat
Dr. Mary Gray

9:45 Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension
Dr. Gregory Piazza

10:15 Break/Refreshments

10:35 Panel Discussion of Audience Questions
Drs. Piazza, Singh and Gray

Presiding: Dr. Gabriel Gregoratos
11:10 am Dietary Supplements and Heart Disease
Dr. Christine Haller

11:40 Coronary Heart Disease in Systemic Inflammatory Conditions
Dr. Peter Ganz

12:10 pm Lunch (On Your Own)

1:20 Sexual Activity in Patients with Heart Disease
Dr. Melvin Cheitlin

1:50 Panel Discussion of Audience Questions
Drs. Haller, Ganz and Cheitlin

Presiding: Dr. Nora Goldschlager
2:20 PVC Ablation: When and Why
Dr. Edward Gerstenfeld

2:50 Update on Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
Dr. Nitish Badhwar

3:20 Break/Refreshments

3:40 ICDs – Long Term Efficacy
Dr. Byron Lee

4:10 Electromagnetic Interference and Pacemaker Function
Dr. Nora Goldschlager

4:40 Panel Discussion of Audience Questions
Drs. Gerstenfeld, Badwar, Lee and Goldschlager

5:10 pm Adjourn



8:00 am Continental Breakfast

Presiding: Dr. John MacGregor
8:15 Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
Dr. Susheel Kodali

8:45 Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection
Dr. Arthur Hill

9:15 Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair
Dr. Susheel Kodali

9:45 Update on Coronary Intervention
Dr. John MacGregor

10:15 Panel Discussion of Audience Questions
Drs. Kodali, Hill and MacGregor

11:15 am Adjourn
Dr. Gregoratos

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Course Director:
Peter Ganz, MD, FACC
Nora F. Goldschlager, MD, FACC
Gabriel Gregoratos, MD, FACC

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Uri Elkayam, MD
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Obstetrics and
Gynecology, University of
Southern California

Susheel Kodali, MD
Co-Director, Heart Valve Center
Director, Interventional Cardiology
Fellowship Program
Columbia University Medical Center

Gregory Piazza, MD
Instructor in Medicine
Harvard Medical School


(University of California, San Francisco)

Nitish Badhwar, MD, FACC, FHRS
Associate Professor of Clinical
Medicine; Stone-Chamberlain
Endowed Chair in Cardiology;
Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Training Program; Associate Chief,
Cardiac Electrophysiology

Neal L. Benowitz, MD
Professor of Medicine and
Bioengineering & Therapeutic
Sciences; Chief, Division of
Clinical Pharmacology

Thomas P. Bersot, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Associate Investigator, Gladstone
Institute of Cardiovascular Disease;
Lipid Clinic Chief, San Francisco
General Hospital

Melvin Cheitlin, MD, FACC
Emeritus Professor of Medicine
UCSF School of Medicine,
Cardiology Staff, San Francisco
General Hospital

Michael H. Crawford, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine, UCSF;
Chief of Clinical Cardiology,
UCSF Medical Center

Elyse Foster, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Adult Non-Invasive
Services; Director, Adult Congenital
Heart Disease Service

Edward P. Gerstenfeld, MS, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Chief of Electrophysiology

Mary Gray, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Cardiology Clinics,
San Francisco General Hospital

Christine A. Haller, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Clinical Pharmacology;
Chair, Hepatotoxicity Advisory

Arthur Hill, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Thoracic Surgery,
San Francisco General Hospital

Byron K. Lee, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical

John S. MacGregor, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Cardiac Catheterization
Laboratory, and Interventional
Cardiology, San Francisco General

Ramin Sam, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of

Veneeta Singh, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical

Thomas Urbania, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical
Radiology, Cardiac and Pulmonary

Yerem Yeghiazarians, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Leone-Perkins Family Endowed
Chair in Cardiology and
Interventional Cardiology;
Director, Translational Cardiac Stem
Cell Program; Director, Peripheral
Interventional Cardiology Program;
Co-Director, UCSF Cardiac
Catheterization Laboratory
Cardiovascular Research Institute
Eli and Edythe Broad Center of
Regeneration Medicine and Stem
Cell Research

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Travel & Lodging:
Grand Hyatt San Francisco
345 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA  94108
Toll Free Reservations: 888-421-1442
Hotel Rate: $229 / night

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Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received in writing before the first day of the course will be refunded, less a $75 administrative fee. No refunds will be made on cancellations received after that date.

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