Heart Valve Summit: Medical, Surgical and Interventional Decision Making Course


Valvular heart disease (VHD) affects more than 5 million adults in the United States. In the past decade, the management of patients with late stage VHD has been transformed by advanced imaging technology and expanding treatment options. Leveraging these advances to improve outcomes requires clinicians across the care spectrum to develop a deeper understanding of VHD and current best practices. Choosing the most appropriate timing and approach to VHD treatment for the individual patient is complex and is best determined by a high-functioning multidisciplinary Heart Team.  Members of the Heart Team, therefore, need to stay abreast of emerging knowledge and be skilled in its clinical application. In addition, members of the Heart Team must value and harness their diverse perspectives and develop a common vocabulary of VHD that promotes effective communication.

The American College of Cardiology and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery are once again partnering to bring together cardiologists, surgeons and other members of the Heart Team in a case-based course to disseminate the latest advances in valvular heart disease, to analyze current controversies, and to explore the possibilities of the near future. With an emphasis on interactivity and practical decision-making, the unique Heart Valve Summit brings together renowned faculty to present cutting edge findings; describe their real-world implications; and to offer practical guidance on common, yet challenging scenarios. At the same time, the course seeks to empower the Heart Team by promoting learning from colleagues in other specialties and demonstrating the collective expertise of the VHD care team in delivering high-quality patient care.

The overall goal of this course is to enhance knowledge and improve competency in the evaluation and treatment of valvular heart disease.

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

  • Assess the strengths and limitations of current imaging techniques for characterizing surgical anatomy and quantifying the severity of valve disease
  • Evaluate the evidence and considerations when contemplating TAVR in intermediate and low-risk patients
  • Compare and contrast contemporary surgical options for managing patients with complex aortic valve disease
  • Outline a practical strategy for characterizing and managing ischemic MR
  • Apply the latest evidence to the evaluation, medical management and surgical treatment of patients with infectious endocarditis
  • Integrate the current science, patient data and values, and knowledge of operator outcomes to guide management of asymptomatic patients with severe valve disease
  • Summarize current guideline recommendations and treatment thresholds for tricuspid valve disease
  • Describe the essential elements of excellence in VHD surgery and strategies for increasing transparency in surgical outcomes
  • Communicate effectively with other members of the multidisciplinary care team to evaluate and manage patients with VHD

This course is designed for cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, and other members of the Heart Team, as well as other health care professionals involved in the evaluation and/or treatment of patients with advanced valvular heart disease.

Course Directors

David H. Adams, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Mount Sinai Health System and Icahn School of Medicine
New York

Steven F. Bolling, MD, FACC
Professor of Surger
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Robert O. Bonow, MD, MACC
Professor of Cardiology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Howard C. Herrmann, MD, FACC, MSCAI
Professor of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Nurse Planner

Michele Mistovich, RN, MS, AACC
Administrator Education and Community Outreach
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern Memorial Hospital


Anelechi C. Anyanwu, MD, MSc
Professor, Cardiovascular Surgery
Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York

Joseph E. Bavaria, MD, FACC
Professor of Surgery
University of Pennsylvania

Blase A. Carabello, MD, FACC
Professor and Chief, Cardiology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

Joseph S. Coselli, MD, FACC
Professor and Chief
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine

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 he/she and/or his/her spouse or domestic partner has, occurring within the past twelve months, with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.  All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted by course directors, ACCF education staff, and members of the Accreditation Compliance Workgroup through a process that includes appropriate peer review for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and 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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The registration tuition includes educational sessions, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, lunch and course materials.

Register me as: Designation Advance Until 6/20/16
  Regular 6/21/16 Until 9/29/16
After 9/29/16 and Onsite
 Member Physician (Includes International Associate) MD, DO, PhD $860 $960 $1060
Non member Physician
MD, DO, PhD $950 $1050 $1150
Industry Professional/Non-exhibiting Industry
$1350 $1450 $1550
Member Reduced (Includes CCA Members, CVT, Resident, Student and Emeritus)
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, Emeritus, Resident, Student
$520 $620 $720
Non-member Reduced
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD $620 $720 $820
$150 $150 $150


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.

ACC 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, ACC 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 19.75 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 19.75 continuing nursing education contact 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 Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel located at 221 North Columbus Drive, Chicago. The meeting site telephone number is 312-565-5258

To reserve your room at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel please click here, or call 1-888-333-3333. Identify yourself as a participant in the Heart Valve Summit: Medical, Surgical and Interventional Decision Making Course.

Room Rates
The room rate is $279 plus 16.4 percent state and local taxes (subject to change) per night. The ACC/AATS room block is scheduled to be held until September 27, 2016, 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 ACC meeting rooms.

Videotaping, audiotaping and still photography are prohibited in all ACC 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 ACC 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 ACC.

Clinical Topics: Arrhythmias and Clinical EP, Valvular Heart Disease

Keywords: Heart Valves, Heart Valve Diseases, Thoracic Surgery, Patient Care