ACC Middle East 2021



United by our shared commitment of transforming cardiovascular care, the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Egyptian Society of Cardiology (EgSC), and the ACC Egypt Chapter invite you to join us for an innovative educational experience that will strengthen your everyday practice. ACC Middle East 2021 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 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 CREATING 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.

Target Audience

This conference is intended for practicing cardiologists, fellows in training, nurses, pharmacists and other members of the cardiac care team in the Middle East 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.



Mohamed Sobhy, MD, FACC
Professor of Cardiology, Alexandria University
President of Cardiovascular Research, Education, Prevention Foundation (CVREP)
Governor of ACC Chapter in Egypt
Chairman & CEO of International Cardiac Center
Hospital in Alexandria
Alexandria, Egypt


Khaled M. Ziada, MD, FACC
Chief Academic Officer, Cardiovascular Interventions
Co-Director, Coronary Artery Disease Center
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH, USA



Magdy Abdelhamid, MD, FACC
Immediate Past President, Egyptian Society of Cardiology
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University
Board Member of the HFA, ESC
Member of the Committee for Practice Guidelines, ESC
President, Egyptian Working Group of Heart Failure
Cairo, Egypt


Tarek Helmy, MD, FACC
Professor and Chief of Cardiology
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport
Co-director of the Heart and Vascular Institute
Ochsner LSU Health Science Center
Shreveport, LA, USA



Imad A. Alhaddad, MD, FACC
Director, Cardiovascular Department
Jordan Hospital
Amman, Jordan


Wael A. Almahmeed, MD, FACC
Consultant Cardiologist
Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Clinical Associate Professor, UAE University
Adjunct Staff, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Mohammad Almutairi, MD, FACC
Consultant Interventional Cardiologist
Past Chairman of Cardiology Department, Kuwait Heart Center
Chest Diseases Hospital - Kuwait
Past President of Gulf Intervention Society (GIS)
Past President of Kuwait Medical Association
Past President of Arab Medical Union
Kuwait City, Kuwait


Abdulmajeed Alzubaidi, MD
Interventional Cardiologist
Ministry of Presidential Affairs
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Feras Bader, MD, MS, FACC
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Vice Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
Director, Section of Heart Failure and Transplant
Heart & Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Chairman, Heart Failure Working Group of Emirates Cardiac Society
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Mohammed Balghith, MBChB, FACC
Consultant, Interventional Cardiologist
King Abdulaziz Cardiac Center, National Guard Hospital
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Ragavendra R. Baliga, MBBS, FACC
Inaugural Director, Cardio-Oncology Center of Excellence
Professor of Internal Medicine
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH, USA


Azza El Fiky, MD
Professor of Cardiology
Head of Congenital Heart Disease Unit
Ain Shams University
Head of Echocardiography Working Group
Egyptian Society of Cardiology
Cairo, Egypt


Eman Elsharkawy, MD
Professor of Cardiology
Alexandria, Egypt


Tarek Elzawawy, MD
Professor of Cardiology and Angiology
Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University
Board Member of CVREP Foundation & Chief Editor of CVREP Journal
Board Member of Egyptian Council of Cardiology Fellowship
Alexandria, Egypt


Blair D. Erb Jr., MD, FACC
Bozeman Deaconess Cardiology Consultants
Chair, PINNACLE Registry Steering Committee
Bozeman, MT, USA


Elsayed Farag, MD
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Zagazig University
Zagazig, Egypt


Amin Fouad, MD, CVD
Professor of Cardiology, Military Medical Academy
Managing Director of Heart Specialized Hospital at Kobry El Kobba Medical Complex
Cairo, Egypt


Habib Gamra, MD
Past President of The African Heart Network
President of The Tunisian Heart Foundation
Chairman of PAFCIC
Head of Cardiology Department, Fattouma Bourguiba University Hospital
Monastir, Tunisia


Hosam Hasan, MD, PhD, FACC
Board Member, Egyptian Society of Cardiology
Director of Assiut University Heart Hospital
Head of Cardiovascular Medicine Department
Consultant, Interventional Cardiology
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Assiut University
Assiut, Egypt


Mahmoud Hassanein, MD, PhD
Professor of Cardiology
Alexandria University
Alexandria, Egypt


Wael A. Jaber, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
The Fuad Jubran Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical Director, CV Imaging Core Laboratories
Head, Center of Advanced Ischemic Heart Disease
Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH, USA


Hossam Kandil, MD
Professor of Cardiology
Cairo University
Cairo, Egypt


Ghassan S. Kiwan, MD, MBA, CSPQ, FACC
Senior Consultant Cardiologist
Chief of Cardiology, Bellevue Medical Center, University Affiliated Hospital
Founder and Director, AHA/BMC International Training Center
Governor, ACC Lebanon Chapter
Beirut, Lebanon


Mohammad I. Kurdi, MBBS
Interventional Cardiologist Consultant
President, Saudi Arabian Cardiovascular Interventional Society
CEO & CMO, Clemenceau Medical Centre Riyadh, affiliated with John Hopkins Medical
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Gamela Nasr, MD
Professor and Head of Cardiovascular Medicine Department
Suez Canal University
General Secretary and President
Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation Working Group
Egyptian Society of Cardiology
Ismailia, Egypt


Moustafa M. Nawar, MD
Emeritus Professor of Cardiology
Head of AP and Pacing Lab
Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University
Alexandria, Egypt


Mohamed Sadaka, MD
Professor of Cardiology
Alexandria University
Consultant of Interventional Cardiology
Alexandria, Egypt


Sameh Shaheen, MD, FACC
Professor of Cardiology, Ain Shams University
Professor and Head of Cardiology Department
Armed Forces College of Medicine (AFCM)
Past President, Egyptian Society of Cardiology
Cairo, Egypt


Abdullah Shehab, MD, MMEd, PhD, FACC
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Editor in Chief, New Emirates Medical Journal
Vice President, Gulf Intervention Society
General Secretary, Emirates Cardiac Society
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates


Hadi N. Skouri MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation
Director Cardiac Care Unit
Director Heart Failure Program
Coordinator Cardio oncology Clinic
American University of Beirut Medical Center
Beirut, Lebanon


Ahmed Tageldien Abdellah, MD
Associate Professor of Cardiology
Suez Canal University
Ismailia, Egypt


Ralph J. Verdino, MD, FACC
Associate Professor Emeritus
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA, USA


Heba S. Wassif, MD, MPH, FACC
Staff Cardiologist, Section of Clinical Cardiology
Director, Inpatient Clinical Section Services
Chair, ACC Applied Health Innovation Consortium (AHIC) workgroup
Heart & Vascular Institute
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Assistant Professor of Medicine
CCLCM of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH, USA


Amr Zaki, MD
Professor and Head of Cardiovascular Medicine Department
Alexandria University
Alexandria, Egypt

Registration for ACC Middle East 2021 is now open! With this year's hybrid model, attendees can access the entire conference either in-person or virtually. Visit for more details on each registration type and to register today!

Registration Rates

  By April 15, 2021 April 16 – August 31, 2021 From September 1, 2021
In-person, non-Egyptian 300 USD 350 USD 400 USD
In-person, Egyptian 4500 EGP 5500 EGP 6500 EGP
Virtual 150 USD 200 USD x

ACC Leadership Development Program

The American College of Cardiology's Leadership Development Program offers a half-day intensive workshop that addresses various skills and knowledge in cardiovascular leadership. The program design provides you with a broad understanding of leadership styles and skills. This program addresses diverse perspectives on critical leadership challenges while also providing an awareness of concepts and techniques relevant to leading effectively within one's own healthcare institution. The ACC often draws upon those who complete this program for future leadership roles within the College.

Led by ACC President, Dr. Dipti Itchhaporia, this interactive program provides attendees with insight into their country's healthcare and leadership challenges. The program serves as a platform for emerging leaders in the cardiovascular community to gain a deeper understanding of the varied challenges facing the College's ever-growing international community. By connecting these emerging leaders, the program facilitates the building of professional relationships and creates new opportunities for collaboration that defy geographical distance.

This program will be held as a pre-conference opportunity on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In-Training Fellow Examination

The ACC In-Training Exam features over 140 case-based questions and is an opportunity for Fellows and practicing physicians to take an objective assessment of their cardiology knowledge. The exam allows participants to identify knowledge gaps that may require further learning and provides final reports on scores related to specific cardiology topic areas such as arrythmias, coronary artery disease and heart failure, as well as a study guide.

This program will be held as a pre-conference opportunity on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

FIT Jeopardy: The Classic Game Show With a FIT Twist
Join ACC international chapter teams and Egypt local teams – each made up of three Fellows in Training (FITs) – as they test their clinical knowledge during the FIT Jeopardy sessions at ACC Middle East 2021!

FIT Jeopardy is a friendly competition that promotes a healthy rivalry between ACC international chapters, fosters FIT engagement within the chapters, and provides educational value to the contestants and audience. Participants will be quizzed on a variety of topics ranging from imaging, prevention, and intervention. There will be a panel of judges and chairs to moderate the competition.

Three local teams from Egypt and three ACC international chapters teams will compete in preliminary rounds with a final round between the winning local Egypt team and the winning ACC international chapter team. The winning team will compete at the ACC.22 competition in Washington, DC in in March 2022!

This competition will be held as a pre-conference opportunity on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Experience hands-on training, interactive case discussions, and more in the Interactive Learning Lab! This unique educational opportunity puts new technology in your hands and offers a selection of stations to augment learning that takes place in the traditional session rooms.

Hands-On Echo Simulation
This hands-on workshop uses a live model and an echo simulator to obtain basic 2D echo images. It provides intensive repetition of echo images to improve image recognition in a short time frame and gives CV team members an appreciation for normal cardiac anatomy by 2D echo. Attendees can also obtain their own images on a live model under expert guidance.

Expert Case Discussions
Join subject matter experts in engaging discussions on real life cases submitted by attendees in each of our learning pathways: arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, heart failure, prevention, and valvular heart disease. These sessions will offer high interactivity for participants using an open Q&A forum. More information on how to submit your case coming soon!

Personalized Skills Area (iPads)
Learn at your leisure and sharpen your core cardiology skills with Heart Songs and ECG Drill & Practice. These modules provide a uniquely dynamic learning opportunity you won't want to miss!

Heart Songs
Research reveals that cardiologists fail to identify more than half of basic murmurs and about 35 percent of advanced murmurs when challenged at a major medical meeting, but skills improved after a 90-minute Heart Songs training session. Heart Songs 5 provides you with everything you need to effortlessly improve your cardiac auscultation skills! Heart Songs 5 will help you:

  • Prepare for the cardiac exam of the future by learning the complementary role of handheld echo in the bedside detection of heart sounds. Heart Songs 5 includes basic, intermediate, expert, and adult congenital murmurs, plus images of phonocardiograms, CT scans and videos of color Doppler echocardiograms. These visual enhancements will facilitate your understanding and mastery of many heart murmurs/sounds.
  • Master cardiac auscultation by reviewing the auditory characteristics and handheld echo findings of each heart sound.

First, pick a track and assess your baseline skills by taking a confidential pre-test. Then simply view videos featuring classic heart murmurs accompanied by phonocardiograms and colour Doppler echoes. Each video includes hundreds of repetitions of its murmur, and studies show that simple repetition is all you need to master a new sound. Watch the videos as many times as necessary to see a significant improvement on your post-test scores (most people need to watch 2 to 4 times). Each Heart Songs track takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and sessions are self-paced.

Heart Songs makes sure you know what your stethoscope is telling you!

ECG Drill & Practice
Improve your ECG interpretation skills with ECG Drill & Practice. This product reviews key findings in clinical electrocardiography and also contains a self-assessment ECG test, featuring the format and answer options similar to those of the ABIM's certifying examination in cardiovascular disease. It's a great resource for anyone preparing for initial Board certification in CV disease and for anyone looking to hone their ECG interpretation skills.

Three convenient modes let you use this product in whatever way best meets your needs.

  • Learn Mode: Teaches you how to recognize & differentiate ECGs across the topics above.
  • Drill & Practice Mode: Shows you ECGs "flash cards" that you can practice interpreting. Turn each card over to see the answer and explanation.
  • Perform: Practice interpreting ECGs using the ABIM's interpretation list. Receive detailed commentary on how your answer compares to the experts'.

Brush up on a core cardiology skill with ECG Drill & Practice's 100+ ECGs and expert insight!

Submit your abstract to ACC Middle East 2021 and you could get the chance to present it at ACC.22 in Washington, DC! The top three abstract winners will receive the Wael Al Mahmeed Abstract Award to assist with expenses to present at ACC.22.

Due to demand, the submission site will remain open until 11:59 p.m. EET on Saturday, July 10, 2021.

Please ensure you have read the submission 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 visit the abstract submission portal to begin your submission.

For any questions regarding your submission, please contact Robin Young at

Do you have a challenging clinical case with valuable learning insights that you want to share with your colleagues? If so, submit it to ACC Middle East 2021 for the chance to present during one of our Challenging Clinical Case Discussions.

Selected case presenters will be invited to participate in these highly interactive sessions – moderated by our expert faculty – that will spur debates and offer practice improvement recommendations.

Due to demand, the submission site will remain open until 11:59 p.m. EET on Saturday, July 10, 2021.

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

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

Please visit the case submission portal to begin your submission.

For any questions regarding your submission, please contact Robin Young at

The ACC Middle East 2020 Webinar Series offers an incredible lineup of faculty ready to share global perspectives on real-world approaches to guideline driven care that will improve your clinical decision-making and the lives of your patients. To view past episodes in our webinar series, click on each episode title below.

Episode 1 (August 22, 2020)

Session 1: Managing Complex Patients With Acute Coronary Syndromes

Moderators: Dr. Dipti Itchhaporia, USA and Dr. Abdullah Shehab, UAE

Managing the High Ischemic Risk Patient With Complex Anatomy
Dr. Roxana Mehran, USA

Managing the High Bleeding Risk Patient
Dr. Mohamed Sobhy, Egypt

Session 2: Heart Failure Treatment: Established and Emerging Therapies

Moderators: Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, USA and Dr. Mahmoud Hassanein, Egypt

Contemporary Management of Heart Failure Patients
Dr. Magdy Abdelhamid, Egypt

Emerging Therapies for Heart Failure
Dr. Ragavendra Baliga, USA

Episode 2 (September 19, 2020)

Session 1: Contemporary Therapies for Hypertension and Dyslipidemia

Moderators: Dr. Blair Erb, USA and Dr. Wael Almahmeed, UAE

Management of Resistant Hypertension
Dr. Tarek El Zawawy, Egypt

Management of Dyslipidemia
Dr. Sameh Shahin, Egypt

Session 2: Therapeutic Options for Treatment of AFIB

Moderators: Dr. Joseph Marine, USA and Dr. Moustafa Nawar, Egypt

Therapeutic Options for Treatment of AFIB
Dr. Ralph Verdino, USA

Episode 3 (October 17, 2020)

Contemporary Management of Aortic Valve Disease: From Imaging to Intervention

Moderators: Dr. Heba Wassif, USA, Dr. Khaled Shokry, Egypt, and Dr. Eman El Sharkawy, Egypt

Imaging for Management of Aortic Valve Disease
Dr. Wael Jaber, USA

Management of the Aortic Valve: Patient with Low STS Score
Dr. Mohammed Balghith, KSA

Challenging Cases in Aortic Valve
Dr. Yasser Sadek, Egypt

Episode 4 (November 21, 2020)

Session 1: Management of Patients with Stable Coronary Disease

Moderators: Drs. Dipti Itchhaporia, USA, Ghassan Kiwan, Lebanon, and Ramzy El Mawardy, Egypt

Case Presentation: MVD with CCS
Dr. Haytham Soliman, Egypt

Debate: Medical Treatment Is the Best Option
Dr. Khaled Ziada, USA

Debate: Interventional Treatment Is the Best Option
Dr. Mohammad Kurdi, KSA

Session 2: Management of Pulmonary Hypertension in the Current Era

Moderators: Drs. Biykem Bozkurt, USA, Magdy Abdelhamid, Egypt, and Ahmed Abdelaaty, Egypt

Risk Stratification and Diagnosis of Pulmonary Hypertension
Dr. Karim Said, Egypt

Update in the Management of Pulmonary Hypertension
Dr. Sudarshan Rajagopal, USA