Care of the Athletic Heart: From Elite to Exercise Enthusiasts

Care of the Athletic Heart 2020


There are an estimated 5 million active athletes at the high school, collegiate, professional, and master's levels in the United States. Recently polled cardiologists indicated they see five patient athletes per week on average. As the athletic population continues to expand in all major demographic groups, a larger contingent of practice-ready clinicians who understand the contemporary care and practice management strategies for athletes is needed. To meet the growing demand for practice-ready clinicians to care for athletes, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) has assembled many of the top experts from around the world to develop this year's course: Care of the Athletic Heart: From Elite to Exercise Enthusiasts. Sports cardiology experts who care for diverse populations of athletes will provide provocative patient cases, research, and contemporary treatment strategies needed to tailor the cardiovascular care of athletes and exercising individuals. Join this energetic and growing community of providers and expand your knowledge of the athletic heart.

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

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

Course Director

Jonathan Kim, MD, MSc, FACC
Emory University

Planning Committee

Matt Martinez, MD, FACC
Morristown Medical Center

Dermot Phelan, BAO, MB BCh, PhD, FACC
Cleveland Clinic

Meagan Wasfy, MD, FACC
Partners HealthCare

Nurse Planner

Chris Keenan, RN, MSN
American College of Cardiology

Keynote Speaker

John M. Mandrola, MD, FACC
Baptist Health Medical Group


Aaron Baggish, MD, FACC, FACSM
Massachusetts General Hospital

Robert Battle, MD, FACC
University of Virginia

Neel Chokshi, MD, MBA
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

Eugene Chung, MD, MSc, FACC
University of Michigan

Peter Dean, MD
University of Virginia

Elizabeth Hill Dineen, DO
Scripps Clinic

Christina Dookhan, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital

Jonathan Drezner, MD
University of Washington

Michael Emery, MD, MS, FACC
Indiana University School of Medicine

David Engel, MD, FACC
Columbia University

Michael Gavalas, MD
Mount Sinai Hospital

Benjamin Hammond, MD
Cleveland Clinic Children's

Jeff Hsu, MD, PhD
University of California, Los Angeles

Gurukripa Kowlgi, MBBS, MD
Mayo Clinic

William Kraus, MD, FACC
Duke School of Medicine

Sheela Krishnan, MD
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Rachel Lampert, MD, FACC
Yale School of Medicine

Benjamin Levine, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACSM
University of Texas

Kyle Mandsager, MD
Cleveland Clinic

Silvana Molossi, MD, FACC
Texas Children's Hospital

David Peritz, MD
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Prashant Rao, MBBS
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Bethany Runkel, MD, MHSA
Children's Mercy Hospital

Christopher Semsarian, MBBS, PhD, MPH, FRACP, FCSANZ, FHRS, FAHA
University of Sydney

Keri Shafer, MD, FACC
Boston Children's Hospital

Ankit Shah, MD, MPH, FACC
Georgetown University Medical Center

Kayle Shapero, MD
Yale School of Medicine

Kathy Sietsema, MD
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Tamanna Singh, MD, FACC
Cleveland Clinic

John Symanski, MD, FACC
Atrium Healthcare

Paul Thompson, MD, FACC
Hartford Hospital

Jason Tso, MD
Emory University

Allison Zielinski, MD, FACC
Northwestern Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

Faculty are subject to change without notice.

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 (ACWG) through a process that includes appropriate peer review for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations. Please note ACCF staff and ACWG members involved with this course have nothing to disclose.

So You Want To Be A Sports Cardiologist? Conversations with the Experts

Thursday, June 18, 2020

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. at Heart House

Pre-Conference Registration Rate = FREE (Open to Care of the Athletic Heart Course registrants only)

This optional, limited-seating pre-conference is designed for FIT and Early Career attendees. Join leading Sports Cardiologists and learn how you can join the field!

CPET – Peaks, Valleys, and Everything in Between

Thursday, June 18, 2020

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Heart House

Pre-Conference Registration Rate = $100 (includes lunch)

This optional, limited-seating pre-conference is back by popular demand! The 4-hour intensive session will be led by Dr. Kathy Sietsema, Exercise Physiologist from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and a panel of faculty experts and includes the basics of conducting a CPET and stress protocols through case examples.

  • The Basics: Review of Terminology, Key Measurements, and Basic Interpretation
    Dr. Sietsema
  • CPET in Athletes: Outside the Bounds of Normal
    Dr. Wasfy
  • CPET Demonstration with Commentary from the Experts
    Drs. Emery, Levine, and Sietsema
  • Cases
    Moderator: Dr. Emery
    Panelists: Drs. Baggish, Levine, and Sietsema

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

If you have any special Dietary requirements, please note that this is captured through your ACC 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. We encourage participation by all individuals. If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us serve you better. If you require assistance, please contact Member Care at 800-253-4636, ext. 5603.

Click Here to Register for the Course by Fax, Email or Phone.

Registration Tuition

Please register me as: Designation Early
Before April 30, 2020
May 1, 2020 – May 22, 2020
After May 23, 2020
Member Physician – Includes International Associate MD, DO, PhD $525 $625 $725
Non-member Physician – Includes Industry Professional MD, DO, PhD $675 $775 $875
AACC/CCA Member – Includes CVT Member, FIT, Resident, Student and Emeritus PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Resident, Student, and Emeritus $365 $465 $565
CCA Non-member PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Resident, and Student $465 $565 $665
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.

OPTIONAL Pre-Conference:
So You Want To Be A Sports Cardiologist? Conversations with the Experts

Thursday, June 18, 2020
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
All Registrants – Free Free
OPTIONAL Pre-Conference:
CPET – Peaks, Valleys, and Everything in Between

Thursday, June 18, 2020
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
All Registrants – Flat Rate $100

Lunch Included

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.

All sessions will be held at Heart House, 2400 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037. The meeting site telephone number is 202-375-6000.

Accommodations Location:
The Westin Georgetown, 2350 M Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20037

Online Reservation Link:
Click here to make your reservations online.

Reservations via telephone:
To make a reservation by phone, you can either call the hotel direct at 202-429-0100 or 888-627-8406 and identify yourself as being with the ACC's Athletic Heart Room Block.

Room Rates
The ACC has negotiated the following room rate: $229.00 per night plus state and local taxes (currently 14.95%). The ACC room block is scheduled to be held until May 26, 2020, but may sell out prior to this date. We advise you to register for the course and reserve your lodging as soon as possible.

Clinical Topics: Sports and Exercise Cardiology

Keywords: Sports, Athletes