Latin America Conference 2017

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Awaken your curiosity and challenge your assumptions in the pursuit of continuous learning! Join the ACC and the world’s leading cardiovascular professionals in Mexico City for two-and-a-half-days of interactive education and innovative discussion. Hosted in partnership with the Mexican Society of Cardiology, the ACC Latin America Conference 2017 brings together over 40 global cardiovascular experts to provide education that is both locally RELEVANT and highly PRACTICAL.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with colleagues, ask top experts in the field your questions and stay at the cutting-edge of your profession!

Attend this conference to experience:

  • Local – Educational topics such the recently released heart failure and syncope guidelines as well as the latest acute coronary syndrome, hypertension management, valvular disease and prevention all tailored to the needs of the Latin American region
  • Relevant – Contemporary review of cardiovascular science offers the general cardiologist practice-ready prevention and management strategies
  • Practical – Solutions for everyday problems targeting practical approaches to guideline-driven care
  • Unique – Hands-on practice and skill building in auscultation, ECG and echo interpretation, and clinical decision making using virtual simulated patients
  • Connecting – The conference provides a platform for connecting with faculty and colleagues offering shared discussion and bi-directional learning
  • Mentoring – Coaching by global experts to improve your critical appraisal research skills
  • PLUS – the benefit of becoming an ACC International Associate member or, if already an ACC member, access to one of ACC’s premier educational products

This is ACC education delivered like you have never seen before, planned by regional experts and facilitated by prominent international faculty.

Advances in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) have yielded remarkably positive results, with a steady decline in CVD mortality across the globe. However, despite this remarkable progress, CVD remains the leading cause of death throughout the world and its prevalence remains high, making it a global public health priority and an intensive focus of research. Such research has led to new evidence that continues to accrue about the underlying pathophysiology as well as strategies to enhance CVD prevention, evaluation and treatment. As care of the patient with CVD becomes more complex, it is imperative that cardiovascular professionals have an opportunity for a comprehensive review of evidence-based practices and exposure to state-of-the-art updates, innovative techniques and translational research on the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease.

By increasing their expert knowledge, participants should be able to identify guideline-driven, contemporary approaches to cardiovascular patient care.

For a preview of ACC's International Conferences in 2017, view the video below:

This conference is intended for practicing physicians in cardiology, internal medicine and family practice as well as cardiology Fellows in Training.


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

  • Synthesize foundational and advanced cardiovascular disease knowledge; contemporary best practices; and effective care delivery for cardiovascular prevention, evaluation and management
  • Demonstrate appropriate interpretation of cardiovascular guidelines and diagnostic strategies needed in daily practice
  • Demonstrate improved auscultation, ECG interpretation and clinical decision-making
  • Review the global burden of cardiovascular disease and the world-wide initiatives to reduce its mortality
  • Utilize appropriate therapeutic strategies in the treatment of patients with hyperlipidemia and hypertension
  • Characterize the timing and expected outcomes of contemporary interventions in patients with acute coronary syndrome and valvular heart disease
  • Describe the best practices in the treatment of patients with heart failure including new drugs, surgical strategies and after-discharge care strategies
  • Identify the special considerations for care of the female patient including customized diagnostic and care plans

The abstract submission site is now closed. Abstract acceptance notifications will be sent out on Friday, May 19, 2017. For any questions regarding your submission, please contact Robin Young at

ACC Latin America Conference 2016 Best Poster Winners at ACC.17

Being one of the winners for the ACC Latin America Conference 2016 was a once-in-a-life opportunity that took me to ACC.17 as a special guest and allowed me to present my research to cardiology leaders from all around the World.  Simply amazing.

– Heriberto Ontiveros Mercado, ACC Latin America Conference 2016 Best Poster Winner

As a young best poster winner I was awed by the impact that ACC has worldwide and felt deeply honored to be invited to present my research in such a scenario, which made it an experience of a lifetime. Being a best poster winner not only took me to Washington, but it also made me part of the ACC family.

– Viridiana Perez-Montessoro, ACC Latin America Conference 2016 Best Poster Winner

Conference Chairs

Erick Alexanderson, MD, FACC
President, Mexican Society of Cardiology
Chairman of Nuclear Cardiology Department
National Institute of Cardiology "Ignacio Chavez"
Chair Assembly of International Governors, ACC
Mexico City, Mexico

Hector I. Michelena, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine
Director, Intra-operative Echocardiography
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN, USA 

Planning Committee

Juan Aranda, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL, USA 

David de Padua Brasil, MD, MSc, FACC
Assistant Professor II
FELUMA - Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas Minas Gerias School of Medicine
Belo Horizonte, Brazil   

Armando García Castillo, MD, FACC
Interventional Cardiology
Director Cardiolink Clin Trials SC
Governor ACC Chapter México 2017-2020
Monterrey, Mexico 

Richard G. Ishmael, MBBS, FACC
President, Caribbean Society of Cardiology
Bracebridge Medical Centre, Belleville
St. Michael, Barbados 

Francisco Javier León Hernández, MD
ANCAM President
Mexico City, Mexico 

Eduardo F. Mele, MD, PhD, FACC
ACC Argentine Chapter Governor
Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Daniel J. Piñeiro, MD, FACC
Full Professor of Medicine
University of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Athena Poppas, MD, FACC
Director, Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute
Director, Echocardiography
Rhode Island, Miriam and Newport Hospitals
Professor of Medicine
Brown University
Providence, RI, USA

Gustavo Restrepo Molina, MD, FACC
ACC Colombia Chapter Governor
Cardiologo Clinica Medellin
Medellin, Colombia

Featured Speakers

Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC
Women's Guild Endowed Chair in Women's Health
Director, Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center
Director, Linda Joy Pollin Women's Heart Health Program
Director, Preventive Cardiac Center
Professor of Medicine
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Los Angeles, CA USA
Spencer King III, MD, MACC
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC): Cardiovascular Interventions
Associate Editor, JACC
Executive Director, Academic Affairs
Saint Joseph's Health System
Interim President
Saint Joseph's Heart and Vascular Institute
Atlanta, GA USA
Jagat Narula, DM, MD, PhD, MACC
Philip J. & Harriet L. Goodhart Chair in Cardiology
Professor of Medicine
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, NY, USA

Invited Faculty

Miguel Ahumada Ayala, MD
Lasalle University School of Medicine
Mexico City, Mexico

Alexandra Arias-Mendoza, MD
National Institute of Cardiology "Ignacio Chavez"
Mexico City, Mexico 

Efraín Arizmendi, MD
Cardiology Hospital, Mexican Institute for Social Security
Mexico City, Mexico 

Samuel J. Asirvatham, MD, FACC
Consultant, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
Division of Pediatric Cardiology and Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Program Director, Electrophysiology Fellowship Program
Medical Director, Electrophysiology Laboratory
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, MN, USA 

Rubén Baleón, MD
Cardiology Department
Specialty Hospital of the National Medical Center “La Raza”
Mexican Institute of Social Security
Mexico City, Mexico 

Carlos Barrero, MD, FACC
Department of Cardiology, Chief
Clinica Bazterrica
Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Vera Bittner, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Section Head, General and Preventive Cardiology and Imaging
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL, USA 

Marcus Vinícius Bolívar Malachias, MD, PhD, FACC
Medical Sciences School of Minas Gerais/ Fundação Educacional Lucas Machado (FELUMA)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Alfonso Buendia-Hernandez, MD
Head Pediatric Cardiology
National Institute of Cardiology "Ignacio Chavez"
Mexico City, Mexico 

Antonio C. P. Chagas, MD, PHD, FACC
Past-President, Brazilian Society of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine
Heart Institute University of Sao Paulo Medical School
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Donaldo Collado, MD, FACC
President, Dominican Society of Cardiology
Physician and Echocardiographer, Cardiology Clinic
Centro Medico Caribe
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 

Roberto Concepcion, MD, FACC
ACC Chilean Chapter Governor
Chief of Cardiology Service
Dipreca Hospital
Santiago de Chile, Chile

Jorge E. Cossio-Aranda, MD, FACC
National Institute of Cardiology "Ignacio Chavez"
Mexico City, Mexico 

Alejandro Dapelo, MD, FACC
President SOCHICAR
Chilean Society of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery
Concepcion, Chile

Guering Eid-Lidt, MD
National Institute of Cardiology "Ignacio Chavez"
Mexico City, Mexico 

Jaime Espinoza, MD, FACC
ACC Peru Chapter Governor
Clinica Ricardo Palma
Lima, Peru

Miguel Gonzalez, MD, MTSAC, FACC
President, Argentine Society of Cardiology
Chief of Coronary Care Unit
Sanatorio Finochietto
Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Ronald E. Henry, MBBS, FACC
Consultant Cardiologist
Advanced Cardiovascular Institute
Cocorite, Trinidad And Tobago 

Hermes Ilarraza, MD, MSc, CMC
National Institute of Cardiology "Ignacio Chavez"
Mexico City, Mexico 

Ursulo Juarez, MD, FACC
Immediate Past BOG, ACC Mexico Chapter
National Institute of Cardiology "Ignacio Chavez"
Mexico City, Mexico 

Manlio F. Marquez, MD
President, Mexican Society of Electrophysiology and Cardiac Pacing (SOMEEC)
National Institute of Cardiology "Ignacio Chavez"
Mexico City, Mexico 

Petronila Martinez Peguero, MD, FACC
ACC Dominican Republic Chapter Governor
Directora Cardio Imagenes Especializadas
Interista, Cardiologa, Ecocardiografista
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 

Marco Antonio Martinez-Rios, MD, FACC
National Institute of Cardiology "Ignacio Chavez"
Mexico City, Mexico

Frederick A. Masoudi, MD, MSPH, FACC
Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Aurora, CO, USA 

Aloha Meave, MD
National Institute of Cardiology "Ignacio Chavez"
Mexico City, Mexico 

Enrique Melgarejo Rojas, MD, FACC
President, Colombian Society of Cardiology and Cardiovascular
Emérito Hospital Militar Central
Bogota, Colombia

Ivan Mendoza, MD, FACC
ACC Venezuela Chapter Governor
Caracas, Venezuela 

Sabrina Phillips, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Section
Oklahoma City, OK, USA 

Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY, USA 

Daniel Piskorz, MD, FACC
President, Argentine Federation of Cardiology
Sanatorio Britanico SA
Rosario, Argentina

Eduardo Rivas-Estany, MD, FACC
President, Cuban Society of Cardiology
Institute of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery
La Habana, Cuba 

Rene Rodriguez-Gutierrez, MD, MSc
Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
Endocrinonlogy Division, Department of Internal Medicine
University Hospital “Dr. Jose E. Gonzalez”
Monterrey, Mexico 

Ana Salvati, MD
Hospital de Clínicas José de San Martin
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina 

José M. Sosa, MD, FACC
President, Peruvian Society of Cardiology
Lima, Peru

C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC
ACC Board of Trustees, Vice President
Stroobants Cardiovascular Center-Centra
Lynchburg, VA, USA

Juan Verdejo, MD, FACC
National Institute of Cardiology "Ignacio Chavez"
Mexico City, Mexico 

FIT Case Presenters

Alexandro Atilano Díaz, MD
Internal Medicine Resident
University Hospital "José E. González"
Monterrey, Mexico 

Oscar Calvillo Argüelles, MD
National Institute of Cardiology "Ignacio Chavez"
Mexico City, Mexico  

Adan Pacheco Cantu, MD
Cardiology Resident
University Hospital "José E. González"
Monterrey, Mexico

Jorge Padilla Ibar, MD
National Institute of Cardiology "Ignacio Chavez"
Mexico City, Mexico 

The ACC Latin America Conference 2017 will feature two and one half days of exceptional educational content designed by internationally renowned conference co-chairs Erick Alexanderson, MD, FACC and Hector Michelena, MD, FACC, and will cover the most cutting-edge research and technological advancements in cardiology. 


The conference will emphasize interactive educational sessions and hands-on clinical decision-making skills to best meet the real-world needs of cardiologists across the region.  This innovative approach will break new ground in the way that clinicians interactively participate in a conference and quickly make the ACC regional conference the most exclusive and sought after professional development opportunity in Latin America.

  • Educational topics include acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, valvular disease and prevention
  • Hands-on practice and skill building in auscultation, ECG interpretation and clinical decision making using virtual simulated patients


ACC Cardiology In-Training Exam

The ACC In-Training Exam is a proctored, on-line examination administered at the ACC Latin America Conference 2017. The exam features over 140 case-based questions. This is a significant opportunity for fellows and practicing physicians to test their knowledge of general cardiology.

The exam allows participants to:

  • Identify areas of deficiency that require further learning
  • Compare their performance with that of their peers in other training programs (in aggregate)

This exam will be held as a pre-conference opportunity on June 22, 2017.

To REGISTER for the in-training exam, click the "Register" button at the top of the screen and select the in-training exam during online registration.

Subjects Covered by the In-Training Exam:

Topic # of Questions
Coronary Artery Disease
Acute Coronary Syndromes / acute MI 17
Valvular Disorders 18
Congenital Disorders 12
Aorta / Peripheral Vascular Disease 14
Hypertension / Pulmonary Disorders 9
Pericardial Disease 4
Pharmacology 7
Physiology / Biochemistry 8
Miscellaneous 3
Congestive Heart Failure 18
TOTAL Questions 147

The Power of Data: A Path to Evidence-based Excellence in Patient-care, Teaching and Research

ACC is pleased to announce the Power of Data Path (PDP) during the ACC Latin America Conference 2017. Driven by a commitment to cultivate and guide the future trailblazers of cardiovascular care, the ACC has created a unique learning experience that will challenge your understanding while awakening your commitment to the science of cardiovascular medicine. Whether you strive to improve your patient care, teaching or research abilities, understanding the language of data, including sound statistical interpretation skills, is essential.

The Power of Data Path (PDP) begins on Thursday evening with a complimentary two-hour workshop that will dust-off your statistical interpretation skills, guide you through translating evidence into practical care strategies and offer tips for writing your research abstract. Then, starting on Friday morning, a series of conference sessions, such as the Syncope and Hypertension Guideline sessions, have been selected to create a “path” for you to practice your research analysis skills. Your journey through this path will be facilitated by a companion workbook that will prompt you to consider a series of analysis and appraisal questions. Additionally, PDP faculty guides will be partnered with you as you review the presented science in the posters. These faculty guides will also be available for lunch and evening debrief sessions.

Regardless of whether you are a Fellow in Training, an Early Stage Investigator or a general cardiologist, the ACC Latin America Conference 2017 and the PDP will inspire your pursuit of excellence in care, teaching or research. Trailblazers bring a hunger for exploration and are searching for the truth in every aspect of their career, whether it is patient-care, education and/or research. We look forward to having you join us on this trailblazing journey…

Target Audience
Fellow-in-training, early-stage investigators, educators and general cardiologists.

Overall Goal
By the end of this workshop and companion conference path, participants should be able to critically analyze and interpret presented cardiovascular science.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate statistical analysis and reporting techniques commonly used in cardiovascular research
  • Translate presented science into practical care strategies
  • Recognize essential components of an abstract submission
  • Identify the characteristics of a trailblazer in cardiology
The Power of Data: A Path to Evidence-based Excellence in Patient-care, Teaching and Research Workshop
With Drs. Frederick Masoudi (USA), Hector I. Michelena (Chair, USA) and Rene Rodriguez-Gutierrez (Mexico)
6:00 p.m. Blazing a Path to Excellence in a Data-Driven World Dr. Hector I. Michelena
6:15 p.m. And The Study Says: Essentials of Statistical Interpretation Dr. Hector I. Michelena
7:00 p.m. In Search of Truth: Identifying Bias and Applying Research to My Patient Dr. Rene Rodriguez-Gutierrez
7:45 p.m. Tips and Tricks to Writing a Great Abstract Dr. Frederick Masoudi
8:00 p.m. The Path Through the Latin American Conference Dr. Frederick Masoudi
8:10 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Rapid fire abstracts: Review and critique abstracts with the faculty Drs. Masoudi, Michelena and Rodriguez-Gutierrez

Online registration is closed. We welcome onsite registration.

Regular Conference Registration Rates
The registration rates includes educational sessions, access to conference material, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks and lunch.

Register me as: Designation   Before May 1st
After May 1st/On Site
MD, DO, PhD $100 USD
$200 USD
Non members
MD, DO, PhD $150 USD
$250 USD
Nurses, FITs, Residents, Students
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, Emeritus, Resident, Student
$50 USD $75 USD
*Proof of licensure required for PA, Tech, RN, CNS and NP (non-CCA members); letter from training director needed for Fellow in Training. International registrants are urged to FAX application to the ACC.

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

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 $50 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.

This course is endorsed by the Mexican Council of Cardiology and provides 3 CME points to Mexican practitioners.

The conference will be held at Hilton Mexico City Reforma.

Av. Juarez #70. Colonia Centro
Mexico City, Ciudad de Mexico 06010
Tel: +52-55-5130-5300
Fax: +52-55-5130-5255 

Overnight accommodations are available at Hilton Mexico City Reforma.  You may reserve your room at Hilton Mexico City Reforma by clicking here.

Room Rates
The room rate is $183.33, plus tax per night.  Guest room rate includes Bellman and Maid Service Charges and are subject to 16% VAT and 3% Lodging Tax.
The ACC room block will be available until May 31st or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. 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.