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Baptist Health South Florida

Second Annual Cardiac Surgery Symposium: Across the Spectrum of Care for the Failing Heart and Valvular Disease: Best Practices and Approaches Pre-, Intra- and Post-Cardiac Surgery

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Overview / Abstract:

Technology in cardiovascular diseases is evolving rapidly. Management of the failing heart and valvular disease are two specific areas that have benefited from recent advances in technology. Mechanical circulatory support improves outcomes in acute and chronic heart failure. A variety of ventricular assist devices are now available for short and long term use in patients with cardiac failure. Less invasive techniques to address the aortic and mitral valve include trans-catheter techniques, robotics and mini incisions. Trans-catheter valve implantation for aortic valve disease improves survival in high risk patients; however candidacy for this procedure is limited by strict selection criteria.

During this half-day symposium authorities in heart failure and valve surgery will review the indications and types of ventricular assist devices as well as the current status of valvular therapy. Additionally efficient practices in the cardiovascular intensive care unit and strategies to limit utilization of blood products in the cardiothoracic surgical patient will be reviewed. The meeting will include a panel discussion with audience participation.


Mar 17, 2013


Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE, Physician CME, Physician Assistant CME, Radiology / RAD Tech CE


Live / Seminar



Credits / Hours

4.5 Category 1 Credits



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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Lisardo Garcia-Covarrubias, M.D., FACS
Symposium Director
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Baptist Health
Cardiac & Thoracic Surgical Group
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
Florida International University
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Miami, Florida

Guest Faculty

Michael Argenziano, M.D., FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Chief, Section of Adult cardiac Surgery and Arrhythmia Surgery
Director, Minimally Invasive cardiac Surgery Residency
New-York, Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
New York, New-York

Nicholas G. Smedira, M.D.
Director of Quality, The Heart and Vascular Institute
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Vinod H. Thourani, M.D.
Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Co-Director, Structural Heart and Valve Program
Associate Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinical Research Unit
Associate Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Baptist Health Faculty

Lynn Harrison, M.D.
Clinical Director, Cardiac Surgery
Baptist Health South Florida
Professor of Clinical Cardiovascular Surgery
Chief of Cardiovascular Surgical Service
Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida International University
Miami, Florida

Javier Perez-Fernandez, M.D.
Medical Director Critical Care
Baptist Hospital of Miami
Medical Director Pulmonary Services
West Kendall Baptist Hospital

Pulmonologist, Intensivist and eICU Physician
Medical Director, Department of Critical Care, Baptist Hospital of Miami
Medical Director, Pulmonary Services, West Kendall Baptist Hospital
Miami, Florida

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Acute Care, Anesthesiology, Cardiology / Cardiovascular, Critical Care / Intensive Care, Internal Medicine, Primary Care, Pulmonary Medicine / COPD, Radiology / Imagery / Nuclear Medicine, Surgery

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Keywords / Search Terms

Baptist Health South Florida Cardiac Surgery, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Aortic Valve Implantation, Mitral Valve Disease, Failing Heart, Valvular Disease. Resort CE CME Live CE CME Seminar CE CME

LIVE Activity Location Details


Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL   33134
United States of America

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