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35th Annual Recent Advances in Clinical Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT: State of the Art Updates and 101 Evidence-Based Case Reviews
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05/02/2013 - 05/04/2013   iCal
Course Director(s):
Daniel S. Berman, MD, FACC, FASNC, FSCCT; Guido Germano, PhD, MBA, FACC; Jamshid Maddahi, MD, FACC; James K. Min, MD, FACC, FSCCT
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
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Are you:

  • Seeking a course that offers 15 hours relevant to nuclear medicine to meet the IAC/Nuclear PET accreditation requirements?
  • Preparing to take the Boards or recertifying for nuclear cardiology or cardiac CT?
  • Interested in participating in a review of cases, cases and more cases to increase your interpretive skills?
  • Looking for a course geared to both cardiac imaging and non-imaging physicians to inform you about the most recent equipment, protocols, evidence and appropriate use testing?

You will find what you need and more at the 35th Annual Recent Advances in Clinical Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT: State-of-the-Art Updates and 101 Evidence-Based Case Reviews, May 2 – 4, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

For cardiac imaging and non-imaging cardiovascular professionals, this stimulating and interactive two-and-a-half day course explores advances in nuclear cardiology, cardiac CT and other imaging modalities across the spectrum of patients routinely seen in a typical practice.

With 101 evidence-based case reviews, leading cardiac imaging clinicians and scientists will guide attendees in gaining practical experience in case interpretation, reporting and medical decision making. The course also features an engaging “Face-off” Battle of the Experts: Challenging Unknown Cases session, as well as a rapid-fire Jeopardy session with audience participation.

Cardiac imaging is at a crossroads. Technological advances and clinical outcomes evidence have evoked a multimodality approach that incorporates increased complexity of image acquisition, interpretation, and application. Yet despite an established evidence-based foundation that demonstrates improvements in patient care, cardiac imaging has come under scrutiny due to its escalated use and increased costs. The scrutiny has generated initiatives to reduce unnecessary testing and to encourage the use of appropriateness criteria to guide testing decisions.

The course includes guidance for attendees who today must navigate this complex maze of technological advances, patient and physician needs, appropriate use criteria, and health care reform and their impact on cardiac imaging decisions. This is a must-do course for those interested in cardiac imaging.

Learner Objectives
The overall goal of this course is to enhance knowledge and ultimately increase competency by providing up-to-date developments in nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT and to facilitate this transfer of knowledge into practice.

Upon completion of this course, attendees should be able to — 

  • Implement and use the latest protocols for acquisition and processing — including existing and new instrumentation, software and pharmacologic stress agents — to provide optimal quality and efficient studies and to reduce patient radiation exposure
  • Enhance clinical management decisions for patients by creating optimal reporting that integrates test findings with clinical information
  • Distinguish and identify the strengths, limitations and interactions between the modalities to select the test most suited to the needs of individual physicians and patients based on appropriate use criteria
  • Use the latest information regarding the prognostic implications of various modalities to guide patient management decisions and evaluate the feasibility of using various imaging technologies to enhance patient outcomes
  • Describe the clinical implications of various imaging cases, recognize their value and limitations in clinical cardiology, and demonstrate improved skills in image interpretation
  • Utilize new appropriate use criteria and evidence-based knowledge to become better equipped in recommending treatment options based on test results for patient selection and patient care management to reduce the frequency of inappropriate testing
  • Recognize imaging artifacts and pitfalls in the use of the examinations


This course is intended for cardiologists, radiologists, nuclear medicine specialists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, cardiac imaging technologists and other health care professionals with an interest in the field of nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT imaging.

As an attendee of this course, you are eligible to receive a 50% discount on the corresponding Meeting on DemandTM (MOD) Program. ACCF’s Meeting on DemandTM Programs are full captures of live courses that are available online for your convenience, featuring slides synchronized with accompanying audio plus interactive questions. Lectures are also available as downloadable MP3s so you can learn on the go. Register today for the course and the Meeting on DemandTM (MOD) Program to receive this discount by clicking here.

Course Directors

Daniel S. Berman, MD, FACC, FASNC, FSCCT
Chief, Cardiac Imaging and Nuclear Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Professor of Imaging and Medicine
Medical Director, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Program
Medical Director, Biomedical Research Institute
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles

Guido Germano, PhD, MBA, FACC
Director, Artificial Intelligence Program
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles

Jamshid Maddahi, MD, FACC, FASNC
Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology (Nuclear Medicine) and Medicine (Cardiology)
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Biomedical Imaging Institute
Los Angeles

James Min, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine, Imaging and Biomedical Sciences
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Associate Professor of Medicine
David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine
Director, Cardiac Imaging Research
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Co-director, Cardiac Imaging
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Los Angeles

Invited Faculty

Andrew E. Arai, MD
Chief, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Branch
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH
Bethesda, Md.

Timothy M. Bateman, MD, FACC, FASNC
Co-director, Cardiovascular Radiologic Imaging
Mid America Heart Institute
Saint Luke’s Cardiovascular Consultants, Inc.
Kansas City, Mo. 

James Fasules, MD, FACC
Washington, DC

Kathleen B. Flood
Chief Executive Officer
American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Washington, DC

Sean W. Hayes, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles

Rebecca Kelly
Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs
American College of Cardiology
Washington, DC

John R. Lesser, MD, FACC, FSCCT
Director of Cardiovascular CT and MRI
Minneapolis Heart Institute

Alan Rozanski, MD, FACC
Chief, Division of Cardiology
St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital Center
Professor of Medicine
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York

Leslee J. Shaw, PhD, FACC, FASNC
Professor of Medicine
Emory University

Piotr Slomka, PhD, FACC
Research Scientist, Department of Medicine
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles

Prem Soman, MD, PhD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)
Director, Nuclear Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Institute
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Wm. Guy Weigold, MD, FACC
Director Cardiac CT, MedStar Heart Institute
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC 

Jack A. Ziffer, MD, PhD, FACC, FASNC
Chief of Radiology
Baptist Hospital of Miami


ACCF committee members, faculty, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with manufacturers of commercial products/services. All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted through a process that includes course directors and appropriate peer review by education committee chairs/members, for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, patient care and safety recommendations. Refer to the links below for committee member disclosures and course faculty disclosures. Please note ACCF staff involved with this course have nothing to disclose.

Nuclear Cardiology Faculty Disclosures

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Advance registration for this course is now closed.  You may register on site for the course.  Please contact the Resource Center at 800-253-4636 , ext. 5603 with any questions.

If you have any special Dietary requirements, please note that this is now captured through your online profile. To enable us to accommodate your request, please ensure that your profile is up to date. If you select the (other) option, a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your needs. If you require assistance, please contact the Resource Center at 800-253-4636, ext. 5603.

The registration tuition includes educational sessions, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, lunch and course materials.

Cancellation, substitution or transfer to another course is allowed if written notification is received four weeks before a scheduled course. A full refund minus a $250 processing fee will be given for written notifications received fewer than four weeks before the first day of the course. No refund will be given for no-shows.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, the College will refund the registration tuition in full but is not responsible for any travel or hotel costs you may incur.

ACCF reserves the right to cancel courses in the unlikely event of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a course is canceled or postponed, ACCF will refund registration tuition but cannot be held responsible for other costs or expenses, including cancellation/change penalties assessed by airlines, travel agencies or hotels.

The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACCF designates this live activity for a maximum of 23AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Nurse Practitioners
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCP) recognizes attendance at CE offerings which provide AMA Category 1 credits for the purpose of recertification.

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology is a recognized provider of continuing education credit for technologists. ASNC's Continuing Education (ACE) credit is accepted by the NMTCB and ARRT. The 35th Annual Recent Advances in Clinical Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT course has been approved for a maximum of 21.25 ACE credits for technologists.

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)
15 hours relevant to nuclear medicine to meet the IAC Nuclear/PET accreditation requirements.

While offering credits noted above, the course is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field.


Learner Bill of Rights

All sessions will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington D.C. The meeting site telephone number is 202-234-0700.

To reserve your room at Omni Shoreham Hotel, please call 800-THE-OMNI or 202-234-0700 or click here to reserve online. Identify yourself as a participant in the American College of Cardiology Foundation course – 35th Annual Recent Advances in Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT.

If you experience any difficulties in making your reservation, please call Ms. Ellen M. Anderson - 202-756-5134 or at emanderson@omnihotels.com.

Room Rates
The room rate is $279 plus 14.5 percent state and local taxes (subject to change) per night. The ACCF room block is scheduled to be held until Tuesday, April 9, 2013, but may sell out prior to this date. We advise you to register for the course and reserve your lodging as soon as possible. When you make your reservation, please be sure to ask about early departure fees or cancellation penalties.


Please Note
Smoking is prohibited in all ACCF meeting rooms.

Videotaping, audiotaping and still photography are prohibited in all ACCF meeting rooms.

We encourage participation by all individuals. If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us serve you better.

Faculty and course are subject to change without notice.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the ANCC or ACCF of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.

The views expressed in this course are those of the individual speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ACCF.