2019 ACC Latin America Conference

Conference Overview

United by our shared commitment of transforming cardiovascular care, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and Colombian Society of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery (SCC) invite you to join us for an innovative educational experience that will strengthen your everyday practice. The ACC Latin America Conference 2019 is designed to deliver an engaging forum to critically examine evidence-based strategies as well as contemporary best practices and clinical decision-making to reach our common objective of improving heart health of patients with cardiovascular disease.

Attend this conference and you will:

  • Challenge the norm: Discuss, share and critique the latest in cardiovascular prevention and care with GLOBAL EXPERTS and return to your practice ready to improve the care of your patients.
  • Lead the way: LOCAL LEARNING designed to empower you to transform your community through topics such as Lessons from the Leaders and Top Clinical Trials to Change Your Practice, as well as the latest in acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, valvular disease, arrhythmia and prevention.
  • Power your mind: Find PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS for everyday problems by using real-world approaches to guideline-driven care. Challenge your knowledge in participant driven sessions such as Rapid Fire ECG and Imaging Interpretation.
  • Ignite conversation: Network with faculty from leading cardiovascular societies around the world in an intimate setting and CREATE CONNECTIONS with colleagues through shared discussion and bi-directional learning.
  • PLUS: Enjoy the benefit of ACC International Associate membership for 1 year included with registration.

Strive to be your best and join us in our vision of a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes.

For more information and to register visit: www.scc-acclatamconference.org

Join Us in Cartenga, Colombia

Statement of Need

Advances in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) have yielded remarkably positive results, including 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 surrounding disease 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.


"I was honored and pleased to have my work recognized by ACC, and grateful for the opportunity to present it in New Orleans. At the congress I saw firsthand how hard ACC is working to make sure that every talented person has a chance to contribute to science. And it's working: I saw groundbreaking research published by mothers, and Spanish speakers, and people from developing countries, and lots of others who fifty years ago would never get a chance... All of us are smarter than any of us."
Dr. Maia P Smith – 2018 ACC International Conferences Abstract Winner

"Being part of such an event has been an invaluable experience, it made me feel confident in the work we can do in a developing nation, no matter the limited resources. Thanks to the ACC for expanding its reach and making us part of it."
Luis V. Martin Jimenez – 2018 ACC International Conferences Abstract Winner

"As a medical student, being an international poster awardee in the ACC and having the honer to present my research poster in such a great conference meant to me a lot. It made me more confident and more excited and determinant to reach my academic goals. In addition to that, presenting my poster in the ACC allowed me to have an informative discussions with great cardiologists from all over the world and inspired me with more research projects ideas. The scientific sessions helped me explore the cardiology world further and made me amazed by how science grows faster than we easily can catch up with. Simply, attending the ACC 19 was one of my biggest and best 2019 experiences."
Jawaher Ali Towhari – 2018 ACC International Conferences Abstract Winner


Target Audience

This conference is intended for practicing cardiologists and fellows in training in the Latin American region.

Conference Overall Goal

The overall goal of this conference is to examine emerging trends and evidence-based strategies as well as contemporary best practices resulting in guideline-driven, practical cardiovascular prevention and management for patients with cardiovascular disease.

Conference Committee

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

Miguel Urina-Triana, MD, MSc, FACC
Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology
Simón Bolívar University of Barranquilla
ACC Colombia Chapter Governor
Barranquilla, Colombia

Planning Committee

Juan Aranda, Jr., MD, FACC
Professor and Interim Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Medicine
Director of Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplantation
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL, USA

Javier Castillo, MD
Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery
Director, Hispanic Heart Center
The Mount Sinai Hospital
New York, NY, USA

Jorge A. Gonzalez, MD, FACC, FSCMR
Director, Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging (CT/MRI)
Co-Director, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic
Director, Aorta Imaging Clinic
Scripps Clinic Division of Cardiovascular Diseases
Scripps Clinic Division of Diagnostic Radiology
La Jolla, CA, USA

Roxana Mehran, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Population Health Science and Policy
Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Research and Clinical Trials
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY, USA

Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiology
Director, Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program
Co-Director, Women's Heart Care
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC, USA

Alejandro Olaya, MD
Cardiac Electrophysiologist
Head of Cardiology Department
San José Hospital
Chief of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Children's Hospital of Cundinamarca
President of Colombian Chapter of Electrophysiology
Chief of Program of Cardiology, FUCS
Bogotá, Colombia

Adalberto Elias Quintero, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine and Cardiology
Simón Bolivar University of Barranquilla
SCC President (Sociedad Colombiana de Cardiologia y Cirugía Cardiovascular)
Barranquilla, Colombia

Manuel Urina-Triana, MD, MSc, FACC
Former President, Colombian Heart Foundation (2008-2010)
Former President, Colombian Society of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery (2010-2012)
Fundación BIOS
Barranquilla, Colombia

Submit your abstract to the ACC Latin America Conference 2019 and get the chance to present your abstract at ACC.20 in Chicago, Illinois! The top three abstract winners will receive a travel scholarship to assist with expenses to present at ACC.20.

Thank you for your interest in submitting an abstract for the ACC 2019 Latin America Conference. The abstract submission site is now closed. Abstract acceptance notifications will be sent out on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. For any questions regarding your submission, please contact Robin Young at ryoung@acc.org.

Please ensure you have read the abstract policies and procedures and submission instructions thoroughly before submitting your abstract.

Follow the directions and be cognizant of the deadline. Given the thorough review process, only submissions recognized as Complete will be considered.

Please note: Only non-US citizens who are currently residing in Latin America and the Caribbean are eligible to submit their research.

ACC Media Relations will review all ACC Latin America Conference 2019 abstracts for potential press promotion. All ACC Latin America Conference 2019 abstracts are embargoed until Thursday, July 25, 2019, at 1:35 p.m. COT/2:35 p.m. ET. Therefore, authors/institutions and members of the press cannot distribute or publish any information (other than the title) from the abstract while the embargo is in effect. ACC Media Relations staff will notify lead investigators if their submission is selected for further promotion. The ACC welcomes the participation of institutions in promoting research presented at the ACC Latin America Conference 2019. All promotions must abide by the embargo date and time. For questions, please contact ACC Sr. Media Relations Associate Katie Glenn, kglenn@acc.org.