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Cardiovascular Summit 2013


The goal of this conference is to increase the participant’s knowledge of current advances in the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease with an emphasis on both interventional and non-interventional modalities.


This annual premier event features local and nationally recognized faculty and focuses on the specific needs of those in primary care, internal medicine, family practice, and general cardiology.


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Delineate the etiology of and how to diagnosis and detect thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAA).
  • Discuss clinical indications for correction & treatment of TAAs.
  • Discuss treatment options for management of thoracic aortic aneurysms (percutaneous vs surgical).
  • Compare and contrast medical vs catheter based therapies for atrial fibrillation.
  • Define differences between paroxysmal and persistent forms of atrial fibrillation.
  • Discuss differences in pathophysiology between paroxysmal & persistent AFib.
  • Examine the pathophysiological background for renal sympathetic denervation.
  • Summarize the role of renal sympathetic innervation in the past and the present interventional approach for treatment of hypertension.
  • Define the pathogenesis of hypertension and its effects on the kidney.
  • Examine the pathophysiology of aortic stenosis and indications for valve replacement.
  • Contrast transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and traditional (surgical) aortic valve replacement.
  • Discuss the risks, benefits and mortality outcomes of TAVI vs AVR.
  • Identify the types of heart disease in woman of childbearing age.
  • Discuss the maternal mortality associated with pregnancy and cardiovascular disease.
  • Examine the pathophysiology of pregnancy and its effects on the heart.
  • Appraise the different mechanical therapies for end-stage congestive heart failure both currently available and under development.
  • Analyze clinical guidelines as to the use of LVADs as a bridge to cardiac transplantation vs destination therapy.
  • Cite the mortality & success rates with mechanical therapies for end stage congestive heart disease.



7:30       Registration, Continental Breakfast and Exhibits Open

8:10       Management of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms: Percutaneous Therapies
              Stephen E. Hohmann, MD

9:00       An Update on the Management of Atrial Fibrillation
             Robert C. Kowal, MD

9:50       Break (Exhibits Open)

10:10     Renal Denervation Therapy for Severe Hypertension: The Simplicity Trial Data
             James W. Choi, MD

11:00     Special Topic: Aortic Valve Replacement: Percutaneous or Open Surgical Approach?

                     The Interventional Cardiologist’s Point of View
                    Robert C. Stoler, MD

                     The Cardiothoracic Surgeon’s Point of View
                    Robert F. Hebeler, MD

                     Q & A Session
                    Robert F. Hebeler, MD & Robert C. Stoler MD

12:30     Lunch (Exhibits Open)

1:30       Pregnancy & Heart Disease
              Rafic Berbarie, MD

2:20       Mechanical Therapies for End-stage Heart Failure: Beyond Heart Transplant
              Shelley A. Hall, MD

3:30       Closing Remarks
             Ravi Vallabhan, MD




Ravi C. Vallabhan, MD, FACC

Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiologist HeartPlace
Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital • Dallas



Rafic Berbarie, MD

Cardiologist • HeartPlace
Baylor Heart and Vacscular Hospital • Dallas


James W. Choi, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Clinical, Nuclear, & Interventional Cardiologist

Cardiology Consultants of Texas
Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital • Dallas


Shelley A. Hall, MD

Medical Director of Heart Transplant,
MCS and CHF Programs • HeartPlace
Baylor University Medical Center • Dallas


Robert F. Hebeler, MD, FACC, FACCP, FACS

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Baylor University Medical Center • Dallas


Stephen E. Hohmann, MD, FACS

Vascular Surgeon

Texas Vascular Associates
Baylor Heart and Vacscular Hospital • Dallas


Robert C. Kowal, MD

Clinical Electrophysiologist

Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital Dallas • Dallas


Robert C. Stoler, MD, FACC

Director, Cardiac Cath Lab
Interventional Cardiologist
Cardiology Consultants of Texas
Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital • Dallas




This activity was planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, and The Camenae Group, Inc.  The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™   Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



The Camenae Group, Inc. is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

This activity provides up to 6.0 Nursing Contact Hours.



The Ritz-Carlton Hotel • 2121 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201 Phone:  (214) 922-0200

Experience a stylish, contemporary, accessible downtown Dallas hotel – where graciousness and the Texas spirit meet. The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is ideally located in the picturesque enclave of Uptown Dallas on the McKinney Avenue Trolley Line. The city’s most popular visitor zone, Uptown is host to gourmet dining, upscale shopping, sightseeing and galleries, and the largest urban arts community in the United States.  Complimentary Valet Parking is available for all Cardiovascular Summit attendees.


We gratefully acknowledge educational grants in support of this activity from...

Medtronic                Thoratec


We acknowledge the following exhibitors for their participation in this program

Abbott Vascular



Boston Scientific


Lilly USA

Lumedx Corp

Vascular Solutions