Care of the Athletic Heart: Contemporary Concepts, Cases and Controversies

NEWLY ADDED! Optional Pre-conference: Setting Up For Success: Keys to a Sports Cardiology Practice
Thursday, June 22, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Registration at 2:30 p.m.)
Cost: $100 per person

Fueled by a surge of athlete screening requirements as well as the volume of exercise-driven baby boomers, you will need your team in place to meet the care needs of the growing population of professional, recreational and occupational athletes. By attending the optional pre-conference, Setting Up For Success: Keys to a Sports Cardiology Practice, you will be immersed in a two-hour learning opportunity focused on drafting the right Sports Cardiology team and innovative business tactics to ensure you get paid for caring for this unique population.

Register for Care of the Athletic Heart and join attendees for a complimentary screening of the documentary, HEART: Flatline to Finish Line, at the course on Friday, June 23! Directed by Ironheart Foundation Founder and Athletic Heart guest presenter David Watkins, the film shows the raw and emotional journey of six cardiovascular disease survivors who went from hospital beds to the finish line of one of the world’s most grueling endurance events, the IRONMAN® triathlon.

View the trailer below:

Care of the Athletic Heart Course Overview/Statement of Need

Sports cardiology is quickly developing beyond the field of cardiovascular (CV) care for elite athletes only. This shift requires a larger contingent of practice-ready clinicians who understand the contemporary care and practice management strategies needed to meet the demands for professional, recreational and occupational athletes.

The American College of Cardiology’s course, Care of the Athletic Heart: Contemporary Concepts, Cases and Controversies will connect you with sports cardiologists from around the world who have experience caring for this diverse population of athletes. This course provides you with educational content that synthesizes, analyzes and recommends implementation strategies for your patient athletes, and also assists you with translating these approaches into clinical practice.

Whether a firefighter, collegiate athlete or an 80-year-old marathon runner — the ACC’s Care of the Athletic Heart course will provide you with the contemporary strategies needed to care for patients in this rapidly evolving field.

Overall Goal

At the end of this program, participants should be able to identify guideline-driven, practical, cardiovascular care strategies for the contemporary athlete including professional, recreational or occupational patients.

Overall Goal

At the end of this program, participants should be able to identify guideline-driven, practical, cardiovascular care strategies for the contemporary athlete including professional, recreational or occupational patients.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Evaluate the evolving cardiovascular care and practice management responsibilities of a sports cardiology clinician beyond the care of the elite athlete
  • Demonstrate appropriate interpretation of an athletic patient’s ECG including use of the new International Recommendations for Electrocardiographic Interpretation in Athletes
  • Debate the current and continuing controversies in sports cardiology including pre-participation screening, return-to-play, and cardiomyopathies
  • Differentiate common non-cardiac conditions leading to symptoms encountered in sports cardiology practice
  • Analyze common pathologic themes present in the master athlete
  • Compare and contrast normal athlete variants versus pathologic findings in diagnostic studies such as ECG, imaging and stress testing
  • Collaborate with colleagues and faculty experts to improve and personalize practice-ready solutions 

Target Audience

The primary target audience is general adult cardiologists and advanced practice providers (NPs, CNS and PAs) who routinely provide CV care for the professional, occupational or recreational athlete. The secondary target audience is other clinicians caring for athletes including sports medicine physicians, first responders and athletic trainers.

Course Directors

Michael S. Emery, MD, FACC
Medical Director, The Center for Cardiovascular Care in Athletics
Indiana University Health
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Krannert Institute of Cardiology
Indiana University School of Medicine

Silvana Molossi, MD, PhD, FACC
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Cardiology
Baylor College of Medicine
Medical Director, Coronary Anomalies Program
Medical Director, Community and Program Development
Texas Children's Hospital

Associate Course Director

Matthew W. Martinez, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Chief of Cardiology
Education and Cardiology Fellowship Program Director
Medical Director
Sports Cardiology and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program
Medical Director
Cardiovascular Imaging
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Allentown, PA


Thomas G. Allison, PHD, MPH, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Aaron L. Baggish MD, FACC, FACSM
Director, Cardiovascular Performance Program
Division of Cardiology
Massachusetts General Hospital

Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN
President, Chief Executive Officer
Cardiovascular Management of Illinois
Woodridge, IL  

Eugene H. Chung, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC

Kimberly G. Harmon, MD
Section Head, Sports Medicine Section
Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Team Physician
University of Washington

Jonathan H. Kim, MD, FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine

Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Associate Dean for Clinical Research
Indiana University School of Medicine
Clinical Director
Krannert Institute of Cardiology

Rachel J. Lampert, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Section of Cardiology
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Benjamin D. Levine, MD, FACC
Director, Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine
S. Finley Ewing Jr. Chair for Wellness at Texas Health Presbyterian, Dallas
Harry S. Moss Heart Chair for Cardiovascular Research
Professor of Medicine and Cardiology
Distinguished Professorship in Exercise Science
University of Texas
Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Paul D. Thompson, MD, FACC
Director of Cardiology
The Athletes Heart Program and Cardiovascular Research
Hartford Hospital
Professor of Medicine
University of Connecticut
Hartford, CT 

Meagan Murphy Wasfy, MD
Cardiovascular Performance Program
Massachusetts General Hospital

Guest Presenters and Panelists

James Beckerman, MD, FACC
Providence Heart and Vascular Institute
St. Vincent Medical Center
Portland, OR

Thomas Jared Bunch, MD, FACC
Medical Director, Heart Rhythm Services
Intermountain Heart Institute
Salt Lake City, UT 

Nicole Detling, PhD, CC-AASP
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
The University of Utah
Headstrong Consulting
Salt Lake City, UT 

David Watkins
Founder, Ironheart Foundation

Case Presenters

Hitesh Agrawal, MD
Pediatric Cardiology Fellow
Texas Children’s Hospital
Baylor College of Medicine

Amanda Bonikowske, PhD
Senior Associate Consultant
Cardiovascular Diseases
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Cory V. Noel, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist
Medical Director of MRI
Texas Children’s Hospital

Stephen M. Paridon, MD, FACC
Director, Exercise Testing Laboratory
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department of Cardiology
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tamanna Singh, MD
General Cardiology Fellow, PHY 6
Mount Sinai Hospital
New York 

Ankit B. Shah, MD, MPH
Clinical Fellow
Cardiovascular Performance Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
Research Fellow
Harvard University

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.

Care of the Athletic Heart Faculty Disclosures

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 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Dual MOC Credit
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 15 points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion data to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

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 15 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


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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.

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.


All sessions will be held at the The Cliff Lodge, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Snowbird, Utah, 84092.  The meeting site telephone number is (801) 933-2222.


The Cliff Lodge
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Hwy 210 Little Cottonwood Canyon
Snowbird, Utah 84092

Reservations via telephone:
To make a reservation by phone, please call the Snowbird’s Central Reservation Office at 1-800-453-3000 or by emailing  Please identify yourself as an attendee of the American College of Cardiology’s The Care of the Athletic Heart conference to receive the group’s special rates.

Room Rates
The ACC negotiated room rate is $159 per night (for one person in a room) plus state and local taxes (currently 11.06%) per night; $169 per night (for two people in a room) plus state and local taxes (currently 11.06%) per night. These rates include the Snowbird Resort fee.  All rooms for the Care of the Athletic Heart course are reserved at The Cliff Lodge.  The ACC room block is scheduled to be held until May 21, 2017, but may sell out prior to this date. We advise you to register for the course and reserve your lodging as soon as possible.


Please Note
Smoking is 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, Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Disease, Prevention, Sports and Exercise Cardiology, Genetic Arrhythmic Conditions, Exercise

Keywords: Exercise, Sports, Sports Medicine, Coronary Vessels, Brugada Syndrome, Athletes