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 as acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, arrhythmias, hypertension, valvular disease and prevention tailored to the needs of the Latin American region
  • Relevant – Opportunities to assess your knowledge across cardiology (Great for Fellows in Training!)
  • Practical – Solutions for everyday problems targeting practice approaches to guideline-drive care
  • Unique – Hands-on practice and skill building in auscultation, ECG and echo interpretation, and clinical decision making using virtual simulated patients
  • Connecting – Mentoring in elements of cardiovascular research and publication
  • 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.

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

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:

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 Rosas, MD, FACC
President, Mexican Society of Cardiology
Hospital Angeles del Pedregal Consultorio
Mexico City, Mexico

Hector Michelena, MD, FACC
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN USA 

Planning Committee

Juan Aranda, MD, FACC
Shands at the University of Florida
Newberry, FL USA 

David de Padua Brasil, MD, FACC
Hospital Universitario Ciencias Medicas Center
Belo Horizonte, Brazil 

Armando García Castillo, MD, FACC
ACC Mexico Chapter Governor
Cardiología y Hemdinamia en Doctors Hospital
Monterrey Area, México 

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

Francisco Leon, MD
ANCAM President
Mexico City, Mexico 

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

Daniel J. Piñeiro, MD, FACC
President, Interamerican Society of Cardiology
University of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Athena Poppas, MD, FACC
Rhode Island Hospital Division of Cardiology
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

Pedro Ordunez, MD

Regional Advisor for Non-communicable Diseases
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO )/ World Health Organization (WHO)
Washington DC (USA)

Invited Faculty

Alexandra Arias-Mendoza, MD
Instituto Nacional de Cardiologìa “Ignacio Chàvez”
México City, México 

Samuel J. Asirvatham, MD, FACC
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN USA 

Carlos Barrero, MD
Clinica Bazterrica
Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Michael Blaha, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA 

Marcus Vinícius Bolívar Malachias, MD, PhD, FACC

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

Roberto Concepcion, MD, FACC
ACC Chilean Chapter Governor
Jefe Servicio Cardiologia
Dipreca Hospital
Santiago de Chile, Chile

Alejandro Dapelo, MD, FACC
Chilean Society of Cardiology & CV Surgery
Concepcion, Chile 

Jaime Espinoza, MD, FACC
ACC Peru Chapter Governor
President, Peruvian Society of Cardiology
Las Lagunas de la Molina
Lima, Peru

Miguel Gonzalez, MD, FACC
President, Argentine Society of Cardiology
Instituto Cardiovascular de Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina 

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

Marco Antonio Martinez-Rios, MD, FACC
Instituto Nacional de Cardiologìa “Ignacio Chàvez”
México City, México

Petronila Martinez, MD
ACC Dominican Republic Chapter Governor
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 

Aloha Meave, MD
Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia “Ignacio Chàvez”
Mexico City, Mexico 

Enrique Melgarejo Rojas, MD, FACC
President, Colombian Society of Cardiology and Cardiovascular
Bogota, Colombia 

Ivan Mendoza, MD, FACC
ACC Venezuela Chapter Governor
Urologico San Roman
Caracas, Venezuela 

Sabrina Phillips, MD, FACC
Oklahoma University Health Science Center
Oklahoma City, OK USA 

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

Ana Salvati, MD
Hospital De Clinicas
Buenos Aires, Argentina 

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

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

To Register online for the Course, please click the Register button at the top of the page.

Registration by Fax or Ground Mail for the Course coming soon.

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. The official amount of continuing medical education points available for the course will be published at a later date.

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.