2018 Middle East Conference

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United by our shared commitment of transforming cardiovascular care, we invite you to join us for an innovative educational experience that will strengthen your everyday practice. The 2018 ACC Middle East Conference provides an engaging forum to critically examine evidence-based strategies as well as contemporary best practices and clinical decision-making in order to reach our common objective of improving heart health of patients with cardiovascular disease.

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

Attend this conference and you will:

Challenge the norm: Discuss, share and critique the latest in cardiovascular prevention and care with GLOBAL EXPERTS in an intimate and interactive setting.

Lead the way: LOCAL LEARNING designed to empower you to transform your community through educational topics such as the recently released hypertension guidelines 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. Participant driven sessions will challenge your knowledge in areas such as ECG and imaging interpretation.

Ignite conversation: The conference provides a platform for CREATING CONNECTIONS and networking with faculty and colleagues offering shared discussion and bi-directional learning.

PLUS: Become an ACC International Associate member or if you're already an ACC member, get access to one of ACC's premier educational products.


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.

This conference is intended for practicing physicians in cardiology, internal medicine and family practice as well as cardiology fellows-in-training.

Conference Co-Chairs

Mohammed Balghith, MD, FACC
Vice President, Saudi Heart Association
ACC Saudi Arabia Chapter Governor
Associate Professor KSU
Consultant Adult Interventional Cardiology
King Abdulaziz Medical City (NGHA)

William Zoghbi, MD, MACC
Chairman, Department of Cardiology
Houston Methodist Debakey Heart & Vascular Center
Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX, USA

Planning Committee

Mirvat A. Alasnag, MB, ChB
King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital
Jeddah, KSA

Yahya Al Hebaishi, MD
Saudi Heart Association Headquarters
Prince Sultan Military Medical City
Riyadh, KSA

Ahmed Hamad Aljizeeri, MD, FACC
Consultant, Adult Cardiology and Advanced Imaging
Alhassa, KSA

Alison Bailey, MD, FACC
Erlanger Health System/University of Tennessee
COM Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN, USA

Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC
Newport Coast Cardiology
Newport Beach, CA, USA

Abdulhalim Kinsara, MB, ChB
King Khalid National Guard Hospital
Jeddah, KSA

Ghassan S. Kiwan, MD, FACC
ACC Lebanon Chapter Governor
Director, Division of Cardiology
Bellevue Medical Center University
Affiliated Hospital Mansourieh El Metn
Beirut, Lebanon

Nasser A. Mahdi, MD, FACC
Chairman, Cardiovascular Department
King Faisal Hospital and Research Centre
Jeddah, KSA

Wael Al Mahmeed, MD, FACC
ACC Governor, Gulf States
Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Mohamed Sobhy Aly, MD, ChB, FACC
ACC Egypt Chapter Governor
Professor of Cardiology, Alexandria University
Alexandria, Egypt

Sadberk Lale Tokgözoğlu, MD, FACC
Hacettepe University
Department of Cardiology
Ankara, Turkey

The abstract submission portal for the 2018 Middle East Conference is now closed. No additional abstracts will be accepted. We will notify authors of the accepted abstracts by September 20, 2018.

Click here to register for the meeting, or visit saudi-heart.com/acc and click the "Register Now" tab.

Conference Registration Rates
The registration rates include educational sessions, conference materials, continental breakfast, refreshment breaks and lunch.

Register me as:


Before Aug. 7

Aug. 8 to Oct. 21

Oct. 22 thru Oct. 27



800 SR

900 SR

1100 SR



900 SR

1000 SR

1200 SR

Nurse, CV Care Team


600 SR

700 SR

850 SR

FIT, Student


400 SR

500 SR

600 SR

*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.

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.

Leadership Development Program
Register today for Leadership Development Program

The American College of Cardiology's Leadership Development Program offers a half-day intensive live course 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.

While strengthening leadership skills is a primary objective of the training course, the program also leverages having international leaders in the same room as an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices. Lead by past president of the ACC, Dr. William Zoghbi, this interactive discussion allows attendees to provide special 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 October 25, 2018 in Al Soumo 1 and 2 from 13:00-17:00.

Please contact Michael Phillips at mphillips@acc.org to register for this dynamic program.

In-Training Fellow Examination
Register today for the in-training fellow examination

Don't miss the American College of Cardiology's In-Training Exam at the conference. The exam features over 140 case-based questions and is a great opportunity for Fellows and practicing physicians to help understand the areas they need to focus on and where they are now, and provides a review of their progress over time.

The exam allows participants to:

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

This exam will be held as a pre-conference opportunity on October 25, 2018 in Al Karam 1 from 13:00-17:00.

Fee of $100 USD will be applicable.

The American College of Cardiology

ACC's Global Mission

The mission of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health for patients throughout the world. The ACC strives to achieve its enduring purpose through its initiatives in education, research, quality care improvement and health policy. The ACC is an experienced education provider with a proven track record of designing and implementing activities and programs that facilitate knowledge transfer, sustain a wide reach, and produce a measurable impact on the behavior of health care professionals and patients. In addition, the ACC's global network makes it an unparalleled purveyor of global thought leadership in cardiovascular health and guidelines of care.

Healthcare is a topic that has no borders, and the ACC is committed to improving cardiovascular health around the world through collaboration, knowledge exchange and resource sharing. ACC's commitment to improving global cardiovascular health is driven through targeted, localized initiatives, in partnership with leading cardiovascular societies around the world. This has been achieved through the development of International Chapters. Starting in 2009, ACC has been affiliating with leading cardiovascular societies around the world through these Chapters. The Chapters receive benefits from ACC such as joint sessions at major congresses, FIT membership, discounts on ACC activities, and opportunities to participate in ACC's Annual Scientific Session and other regional meetings. In exchange, these societies help to promote ACC to their local membership. Today, the ACC has 40 international Chapters and over 17,000 members outside the United States.

The ACC has a proud history of engagement with cardiologists both inside and outside of the USA that dates back to its founding. In recent years, the ACC has continued to see 40% of attendance at the Annual Scientific Session coming from outside of the United States. While recognizing the success of the Annual Scientific Session, many trends, including changing regulatory frameworks and increased global education, mean that ACC's future strategy will need to rely on reaching clinicians where they live and practice through a variety of innovative and cost-sensitive platforms. The ACC is developing a proactive and forward-thinking strategy to meet the needs of this shifting global landscape using the conveniences of modern technology and customized educational interventions for our global audiences.

For more information about the ACC, please visit acc.org/about-acc

Dear Partners,

The American College of Cardiology and the Saudi Heart Association are pleased to invite you to support a groundbreaking and innovative educational initiative — the ACC Middle East Conference, scheduled for October 25 – 27, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah. This conference is the third regional ACC conference in partnership with the ACC's International Chapters and presents a unique opportunity to reach a targeted group of 1000 cardiovascular professionals from amongst the Middle East in a truly intimate setting.

The two and one-half day conference will feature exceptional educational content designed by internationally renowned faculty, and will cover the most cutting-edge research and technological advancements in cardiology. The conference will emphasize interactive education modules and hands-on clinical decision-making skills to best meet the real-world needs of cardiologists across the region. This innovative approach breaks new ground in the way that clinicians interactively participate in a conference and makes the ACC Middle East Conference the most exclusive and sought after professional development opportunity in the Middle East.

Multiple opportunities exist to support the ACC Middle East Conference 2018 through customized sponsorships and an exhibitor presence. For sponsors, visibility and access to conference attendees will gain recognition of your company as a forward-thinking organization on the forefront of innovation and interested in perfecting the cardiovascular practice. For exhibitors, attendee flow into the exhibit hall will be maximized due to dedicated exhibit times, coffee breaks in the exhibit hall and co-location with a late-breaking poster session.

ACC considers supporters like you to be a vital part of this conference, providing our attendees the opportunity to gather useful information about your products and services. Your participation as a leading innovator in the cardiology field will complement the unique format of the conference and allow you to make impactful connections with the current and future leaders of cardiology in the region.

On behalf of the entire conference committee, we are excited to partner with you through the ACC Middle East Conference and look forward to seeing you in Jeddah!


Mohammad Balghith, MD, FACC
Conference Co-Chair
Riyadh, KSA

William Zoghbi, MD, MACC
Conference Co-Chair
Houston, TX, USA


Mr. Sanober Khan, Marketing Manager
Mobile : +966 548341009

Location: The conference will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah.

The ACC Middle East Conference 2018 is being held at the Ritz-Carlton in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah, pairs palatial surroundings with luxury hotel amenities. Accommodations feature traditional design and Red Sea views, while dining captures both Saudi Arabian and international flavors. Saudi Arabia's second-largest city, Jeddah sits along the Red Sea, acting as a gateway to Makkah and a hub for commercial business. Sculptures and artwork are scattered throughout the city, a reflection of its intention to be an open-air museum, and the appreciation of art can also be found in galleries and museums in the city center and beyond. Set along the corniche, the hotel is ideally located for both business and leisure visitors with Tahlia and Palestine Streets, Al Balad and Jeddah Fountain and luxury shopping all nearby. King Abdulaziz International Airport is a quick 30-minute drive.

The Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah
Al Hamra District
Jeddah, 21493
TEL: +966 12231 4444