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The California Heart Rhythm Symposium

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Department: Medicine
Course Number: MDM13A03
Start: Friday, September 07, 2012
End: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Location: San Francisco, California
JW Marriott Hotel San Francisco
Fees: Physicians - $425
Nurses, Techs and Allied Health - $325
Residents & Fellows - $75 or complimentary with accepted abstract
Credit: 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™


The California Heart Rhythm Symposium aims to bring together leaders and emerging leaders in cardiac electrophysiology in the world today. The primary purpose of this conference is to highlight what is known about basic arrhythmia mechanisms, how our clinical therapeutic strategies are driven by science, and how observations from clinical therapeutics have created new avenues for research.


This meeting will benefit practicing and academic electrophysiologists, electrophysiology fellows in training, general cardiologists, and allied health professionals who have an interest in learning how the specialty of cardiac electrophysiology is evolving, from the people who are at the forefront of that evolution.

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Upon completion of this activity participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize the latest advances in the methods and indications for: ablation of junctional tachycardias, ablation of paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation, and ablation of ventricular tachycardia;
  • Enhance knowledge of sudden death risk stratification in athletes and congenital heart disease patients;
  • Improve understanding of the mechanism, epidemiology and treatment of early repolarization syndrome;
  • Enhance knowledge of appropriate use of the novel oral anticoagulants;
  • Summarize how these advances are translated into new therapies;
  • Apply these treatment advances to their own clinical practice.

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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.

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit/sTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This CME activity meets the requirements under California Assembly Bill 1195, continuing education and cultural and linguistic competency.

Nurses: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Pharmacists: The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

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Course Outline:

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7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Registration

7:55 Welcome and Introductions

Chairs: Nitish Badhwar, MD and Susan Eisenberg, MD

8:00-8:30 Use of Novel Pacing Maneuvers for
Diagnosing Supraventricular Tachycardia in the EP Lab
Melvin Scheinman, MD

8:30-9:00 Mapping and Ablation of Junctional Tachycardias
Nitish Badhwar, MD

9:00-9:30 Ablation of Posteroseptal APs – Tips/Tricks
Warren Jackman, MD

9:30-10:00 Use of the ECG for Localizing Atrial Tachycardias
Jonathan Kalman, MD, PhD

10:00-10:15 Break
Chairs: Gregory Marcus, MD, MAS and Sanjiv Naranyan, MD

10:15-10:45 Upstream Therapy for AF (ACE, ARB, Statin) –
Is There a Role?
Jeffrey Olgin, MD

10:45-11:15 Genetics of Human AF
Gregory Marcus, MD, MAS

11:15-11:45 New Oral Anticoagulant Choices for AF –
Which One for Which Patient?
Michael Ezekowitz, MD, ChB, Dphil

11:45-12:15 pm Panel Discussion: Use of Newer
Anticoagulants Surrounding Ablation
Procedures – Current Practice
Panel: Michael Ezekowitz, MD / Jonathan Kalman, MD, PhD /
Nassir Marrouche, MD / Meleze Hocini, MD

12:15-1:15 Lunch (provided)

1:15-1:45 Role of Cardiac MRI for Guiding AF Ablation:
Expensive Niche or Critical Element of
Risk Stratification and Follow-up?
Nassir Marrouche, MD

1:45-2:15 Should Balloon Ablation Be Used For All
Paroxysmal AF Patients?
Edward Gerstenfeld, MD

2:15-2:45 Update on Clinic Outcome After Focal
Impulse and Rotor Modulation For the
Treatment of Persistent AF
Sanjiv Naranyan, MD

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-3:30 Debate: Linear Ablation Should be a
Standard Part of AF Ablation in Persistent AF
Moderator: Robert Rho, MD
Pro: Meleze Hocini, MD
Con: Gregory Feld, MD

3:30-4:00 “Asymptomatic” Cerebral Thromboemboli
After AF Ablation
Jonathan Kalman, MD, PhD

4:00-4:30 The Role of LAA Closure in Atrial Fibrillation
Randall Lee, MD, PhD

4:30-5:00 Hybrid Ablation of AF in the Operating
Room: Is There a Need?
Paul Wang, MD

5:00-5:30 Panel Discussion/Wrap-Up
Chair: Gregory Marcus, MD
Panel: Meleze Hocini, MD / Gregory Feld, MD / Jonathan Kalman, MD / Sanjiv Naranyan, MD / Randall Lee, MD, PhD

5:30-6:30 pm Wine & Cheese Reception and Poster Session



7:00-8:00 am Con tinental Breakfast

Chairs: Zian Tseng, MD, MAS and Vasanth Vedantham, MD

8:00-8:30 Modeling of Inherited Arrhythmogenic Disorders with Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Lior Gepstein, MD, PhD
8:30-9:00 Redefining Sudden Cardiac Death: Insights
from the Comprehensive UCSF SCD Study
Zian Tseng, MD, MAS
9:00-9:30 ECG Screening and Risk Stratification in
Competitive Athletes
Byron Lee, MD

9:30-9:45 Break
9:45-10:15 Early Repolarization / J Wave Syndrome:
Charles Antzelovitch, PhD

10:15-10:45  Triggers and Maintenance of VF in Humans
Meleze Hocini, MD

10:45:11:15 Risk Stratification of Sudden Death in
ACHD: Do Current Adult Guidelines Apply?
Paul Khairy, MD, PhD

11:15-12:15 pm Challenging Inherited Arrhythmia Case Studies
Chair: Melvin Scheinman, MD
Panel: Jonathan Kalman, MD / Meleze Hocini, MD / Zian Tseng, MD, MAS

12:15-1:00 Lunch (provided)
Chairs: Edward Gerstenfeld, MD and Noel Boyle, MD

1:00-1:30 Mapping and Ablation of Challenging
Outflow Tract VTs: Pulmonary Artery, LVOT, Epicardial
Samuel Asirvatham, MD

1:30-2:00 What Can We Learn From Animal Models
of Ventricular Tachycardia?
J. Kevin Donahue, MD

2:00-2:30 Mapping of VT in Coronary Artery Disease:
Does Entrainment Still Have a Role in the
Era of Substrate Modification?
John Miller, MD

2:30-3:00 New Approaches to Mapping and Ablation
of VT in Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
Edward Gerstenfeld, MD

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-3:45 Utility of Cardiac MRI for Identifying the
Arrhythmia Substrate During VT Ablation
Timm-Michael Dickfeld, MD, PhD

3:45-4:15 Management of Ventricular Arrhythmias in NICM: Catheter Ablation and Beyond
Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PhD

4:15-4:45 Hemodynamic Support During VT Ablation

4:45-5:15 Mapping and Ablation of VT in the
Operating Room
Sanjay Dixit, MD

5:15-5:45 Panel Discussion
Chair: Edward Gerstenfeld, MD
Panel : Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PhD / John M iller, MD / Sanjay Dixit, MD / Henry Hsia, MD

5:45 pm Adjourn

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Edward P. Gerstenfeld, MD
Gregory M. Marcus, MD, MAS
Zian H. Tseng, MD, MAS
Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PhD
Gregory K. Feld, MD

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Charles Antzelevitch, PhD
Executive Director and Director
of Research, Masonic Medical
Research Laboratory
Utica, NY, USA

Samuel J. Asirvatham, MD
Professor of Medicine and
Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN, USA

Timm-Michael Dickfeld, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland, School of
Medicine; Chief,
Electrophysiology, Baltimore VA
Medical Center
Baltimore, MD, USA

Sanjay Dixit, MD
Director, Cardiac EP, Philadelphia
VA Medical Center; Associate
Professor, University of
Pennsylvania School of Medicine,
Philadelphia, PA, USA

J. Kevin Donahue, MD
Associate Professor, Department
of Physiology and Biophysics
Case Western Reserve University
School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH, USA

Susan J. Eisenberg, MD
Arrhythmia Specialists Inc.
Walnut Creek, CA, USA

Michael D. Ezekowitz, MB ChB,
Professor, Jefferson Medical
College; Director of AF Research
and Education Cardiovascular
Research Foundation,
Wynnewood, PA, USA

Lior Gepstein, MD, PhD
Professor of Physiology and
Medicine (Cardiology)
Rappaport Faculty of
Medicine, Technion-Israel
Institute of Technology
Haifa, Israel

Meleze Hocini, MD
Hopital Cardiologique
du Haut-Leveque,
Bordeaux-Pessac, France

Henry H. Hsia, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Stanford University
Stanford, CA, USA

Warren M. Jackman, MD
George Lynn Cross Research
Professor; Senior Scientific
Advisor, Heart Rhythm Institute
University of Oklahoma
Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Jonathan M. Kalman, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, University
of Melbourne; Director of Cardiac
Electrophysiology and Deputy
Director of Cardiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Melbourne, Australia

Paul Khairy, MD, PhD
Canada Research Chair,
Electrophysiology and Adult
congenital Heart Disease
Director, Adult Congenital Heart
Center, Montreal Heart Institute
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Montreal
Montreal, QC, Canada

Nassir F. Marrouche, MD, FHRS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Executive Director,
CARMA Center
Director, Cardiac
Electrophysiology Laboratories;
Director, Atrial Fibrillation
Program, University of Utah
School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, UT, USA

John M. Miller, MD
Professor of Medicine
Indiana University
Indianapolis, IN, USA

Robert W. Rho, MD
Cardiac Electrophysiology
Sutter Pacific Medical Center
San Francisco, CA, USA

Paul Wang, MD
Professor of Medicine
Stanford University
Stanford, CA, USA



Nitish Badwhar, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology,
Electrophysiology Service
University of California,
San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA

Noel G. Boyle, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
David Geffen School of
Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Byron K. Lee, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director of the Electrophysiology
Laboratories and Clinics
UCSF, Division of Cardiology
University of California,
San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA

Randall J. Lee, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine,
Division of Cardiology,
University of California,
San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA

Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
in Residence; Co-Director, EP
Fellowship Training Program
Director, VA EP Program
UCSD School of Medicine
San Diego, CA, USA

Jeffrey E. Olgin, MD
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine
University of California,
San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA

Melvin Scheinman, MD
Professor of Medicine, Emeritus
Walter H. Shorenstein Endowed
Chair in Cardiology
University of California,
San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA

Vasanth Vedantham
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of California,
San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA

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Travel & Lodging:

JW Marriott Hotel San Francisco
500 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 771-8600
Hotel Rates:  $248
Hotel cut-off date:  August 15, 2012

To reserve online, please visit this link

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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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