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AATS/ACCF Heart Valve Summit: Medical, Surgical and Interventional Decision Making
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Educational grant support for this activity provided by:

  Edwards Lifesciences 

At the time of posting, a complete listing of supporters was not available. Appropriate acknowledgment will be updated upon confirmation of support and at the time of the course.

09/26/2013 - 09/28/2013   iCal
Course Director(s):
David H. Adams, MD, FACC, Steven F. Bolling, MD, FACC, Robert O. Bonow, MD, MACC, Howard C. Herrmann, MD, FACC
Marriott Chicago, Magnificent Mile, Chicago
Learning Pathways:
Valvular Heart Disease
Co-sponsored by:

 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons



Valvular heart disease affects over 5 million individuals in the United States alone. Given the increasingly large number of patients with valvular heart disease, it is necessary for professionals who are engaged in the medical, interventional and surgical management of valvular heart disease to collectively examine controversies of care and develop appropriate diagnosis and treatment options that enhance and improve patient care.

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery and the American College of Cardiology Foundation are once again partnering to bring together cardiologists, interventionalists and cardiac surgeons in a cooperative, case-based course to address the rapid advances in the treatment of valvular heart disease. A unique educational opportunity for the entire cardiac care team, this course focuses on improving patient treatment, care and outcomes.

The Heart Valve Summit is designed to engage participants in discussions, debates and potential controversies with world-renowned faculty on the cutting edge of clinically relevant data for valvular heart disease management.

The course emphasizes clinical decision making while combining the most relevant medical, surgical and interventional options for patient care. Tools for management are rapidly advancing and can significantly impact the entire care team.

Learner Objectives
The overall goal of this course is to enhance knowledge and improve competency in the practice of managing and treating valvular heart disease.

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

  • Discuss with colleagues and patients the various surgical and non-surgical options available for patients presenting with valvular heart disease
  • Design and execute a management plan based on an evaluation of controversial issues that arise in patients with valvular heart disease
  • Assess the advantages and limitations of medical, surgical and interventional therapies based on individual case parameters and accepted guidelines
  • Review the best practice guidelines for optimal surgical timing to improve patient outcomes
  • Recognize the different strategies used in assessing aortic stenosis and determining the time for surgical intervention in intermediate and low risk patients
  • Incorporate current and emerging clinical evidence in the treatment and evaluation of patients with aortic stenosis
  • Discuss the usefulness and limitations of advanced imaging techniques in assessing and treating mitral regurgitation
  • Describe new and future treatment options for valvular heart disease and the clinical evidence available through current trials



This course is intended for cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, internists, nurses, physician assistants and all health care professionals involved in the evaluation, diagnosis and/or management of patients with valvular heart disease.

Course Directors

David H. Adams, MD, FACC
Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Professor and Chairman
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
The Mount Sinai Medical Center and School of Medicine
New York

Steven F. Bolling, MD, FACC
Professor of Adult Cardiac Surgery
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Robert O. Bonow, MD, MACC
Goldberg Distinguished Professor of Cardiology
Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine
Director, Center for Cardiovascular Innovation
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Howard C. Herrmann, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Professor of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Catheterization
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Nurse Planner

Michele Langenfeld, RN, MS
Administrator, Education and Community Outreach
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Invited Faculty

Honored Lecturers

Tirone E. David, MD, FRCS
Head, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery
Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, Ontario

Rick A. Nishimura, MD, MACC
Judd and Mary Morris Leighton Professor of Medicine
The Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.

Cardiology Faculty

Blase A. Carabello, MD, FACC
Prof of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine

Maurice Enriquez-Sarano, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
The Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.

James A. Froehlich, MD, MPH, FACC
Director, Vascular Medicine
Director, Anticoagulation Services
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Roberto M. Lang, MD, FACC, FASE
Professor of Medicine
University of Chicago Medical Center

Randolph P. Martin, MD, FACC
Medical Director, Cardiovascular Imaging
Chief, Valvular and Structural Heart Disease
Piedmont Heart Institute

Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School
Director, Clinical Cardiology
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Philippe Pibarot, DVM, PhD, FASE, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Laval University

Jeffrey J. Popma, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Professor of Medicine
Beth Israel Medical Deaconess Medical Center
Newton, Mass.

Erik B. Schelbert, MD, MS
University of Pittsburgh, UPMC Cardiovascular Institute

Mani A. Vannan, MD, MBBS, FACC, FASE
Joseph M. Ryan Chair in CV Medicine
Ohio State University Medical Center
Columbus, Ohio

Cardiac Surgery Faculty

Anelechi Anyanwu, MD, MSc
Associate Professor, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
The Mount Sinai Medical Center and School of Medicine
New York

Joseph E. Bavaria, MD
Vice Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery
Director, Thoracic Aortic Surgery Program
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

Joseph S. Coselli, MD, FACC
Professor and Chief, Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

G. Michael Deeb, MD
Professor of Surgery
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Irving L. Kron, MD, FACS
S. Hurt Watts, Professor and Chairman
University of Virginia Medical Center, UVA Health System
Charlottesville, Va.

Patrick M. McCarthy, MD, FACC
Chief, Cardiac Surgery
Director, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Heller-Sacks Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Hartzell V. Schaff, MD, FACC
Stuart W. Harrington Professor of Surgery
The Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.


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.

Heart Valve Summit Faculty Disclosures


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Registration is now open! For those who wish to register, please visit: http://www.aats.org/valve/ or click the REGISTER button at the top of the page.

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/AATS reserves the right to cancel the course 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 18.25 AMA 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.

The American College of Cardiology Foundation is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 18.25 continuing education hours. Requirements for successful completion are attendance in a session in its entirety and completing the evaluation tool.

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 Marriott Chicago, Magnificent Mile, 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago. The meeting site telephone number is 800-228-9290.

A block of rooms has been reserved for the Heart Valve Summit participants at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. The room rate for the 2013 AATS/ACCF Heart Valve Summit is $309 per night plus 15.4% state and local taxes. The hotel reservation deadline is Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm EDT.

Reservations should be made under the course name AATS/ACCF Heart Valve Summit. Reservations may be made online or by phone at 800-228-9290. All reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card or check.

Please note that the room block 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.

Airfare Discounts

The ACC has negotiated discounts with United and (or) Delta Air Lines for AATS/ACCF Heart Valve Summit: Medical, Surgical and Interventional Decision Making meeting attendees, who are originating their travel in the US or Canada.

United Airlines is offering discounts of 2%-10% based on the class of service booked.
Travelers should reference the following:

Agreement code: 786752
Zcode: ZPBW

Reservations may be made via the United Airlines Meeting Desk at 800 426-1122 or via united.com

Delta Air Lines is offering discounts of 5%-10% based on the class of service booked.
Travelers should reference the following:

Meeting code: NMFFV

Reservations can be made via the Delta Meeting Network at 800 328- 1111 or visit delta.com

Travelers may also contact ACC's Travel Management Company, MacNair Travel Management, at (866) 451-6432 to make their travel arrangements and take advantage of these discounts.




Please Note
Smoking is prohibited in all ACCF/AATS meeting rooms.

Videotaping, audiotaping and still photography are prohibited in all AATS/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, AATS 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 AATS and ACCF.