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2:30 – 7:30 p.m.

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
SACS Steering Committee Meeting

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception


6:00 a.m. – Noon

6:15 – 7:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

6:15 a.m. – Noon
Exhibits Open

7:00 – 7:05 a.m.
7:05 – 7:55 a.m.
Decision Making for Complex High Risk Mitral Regurgitation: Cases and Roundtable Discussion
Mitral regurgitation can occur in many complex manners and in high risk patients. With many new less invasive and transcatheter technologies approved and in development, the decision making and options for these difficult patients have expanded. Interesting cases will be presented with multidisciplinary discussion.
Speakers:  Drs. Troy Leo, Brij Maini & Vinod Thourani   /    Moderator:  Dr. Don Glower

7:55 – 8:40 a.m.
Minimally Invasive Coronary Surgery: PCI vs. Hybrid Revascularization
Recent trials have helped understand the complexity in the decision making between CABG and PCI. As patients seek less invasive options, the advent and acceptance of hybrid revascularization is growing. Interesting cases with decision making between surgery versus PCI will be undertaken including a discussion of longer term results.

Speaker:  Drs. Joe McGinn & Miike Rinaldi  /    Moderators:  Drs. Michael Halkos & Angela Taylor

8:40 – 9:25 a.m.
Coagulation Management Following Left Atrial Appendage Closure Option
Atrial fibrillation remains an epidemic and continues to grow. Currently several options for left atrial appendage closure/ exclusion are available, ranging from percutaneous to minimally invasive/ surgical. The anticoagulation approach after closure remains debated. Interesting cases including a discussion should help elucidate anticoagulation after LAA.
Speakers:  Drs. Faisal Merchant & Patrick Murrah    /    Moderator:  Dr. Jerrold Levy

9:25 – 9:50 a.m.

9:50 – 10:35 a.m.
Economic Focus: The Dilemma of Providing Quality versus Value
Healthcare costs continue to rise in part due to the institution of performance metrics, at times at the expense of rising costs. Expert speakers will discuss this dilemma of providing quality outcomes while minimizing costs and providing value..
Speaker:  Dr. Jeff Rich

10:35 – 11:20 a.m.
Modern Approaches to Bioprosthetic Valve Failure
Patients are increasingly outliving their bioprosthetic valves (aortic, mitral, other). As such, an increasing number of patients require redo valve replacement either through conventional means or through transcatheter methods. Complex cases of bioprosthetic valve failure will be discussed including decision making of transcatheter vs open options. 
Speaker:  Drs. Tommy Caranasos & John Vavalle    /    Moderator:  Dr. Bob Leonardi

11:20 a.m. – Noon
Should the Availability of TVAR for Valve-in-Valve Impact Initial Valve Choice in Young Patients?
Patients are increasingly choosing to avoid anticoagulation if given the option. Recent mechanical valves may allow lower anticoagulation thresholds. Meanwhile, the advent of transcatheter valve technology appears to have shifted the discussion of mechanical vs bioprosthetic valve choice for younger patients. Challenging cases of the decision between bioprosthetic and mechanical valves as well as a current state of mechanical valves will be discussed.
Speakers: Drs. Jamie Bourque & Mark Stiegel     /    Moderator:  Dr. Joseph Mobley

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Roundtable Discussions for PAs and Perfusionists
Moderators:  Mike Butkus, PA-C; John Skinner, PA and Carol Ann Rosenberg, Perfusionist

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Review of Website Questions of the Moment
Questions and potential answers from the “Questions of the Moment” featured on SACS website will be presented for discussion.
Speaker:  Dr. Gorav Ailawadi

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.


6:30 a.m. – Noon

6:30 – 7:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

6:30 a.m. – Noon
Exhibits Open

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Current Management of Acute Pulmonary Embolism: Cases and Roundtable
Acute PE remains a significant problem in the U.S. Recently, there has been greater enthusiasm for multidisciplinary approaches to the treatment of acute PE, including catheter based approaches, ECMO, and surgical embolectomy. Complex cases will be discussed by multidisciplinary experts with a goal of understanding which patients may be best suited for which approach.
Speakers:  Drs. Brent Keeling & Aditya Sharma    /    Moderator:  Dr. Rohit Bhatheja

8:00 – 8:45 a.m
TEVAR for Acute Aortic Dissection
TEVAR has become accepted for aneurysmal disease with suitable anatomy. Type A aortic dissection (AD) is classically a surgical disease, while type B AD is primarily a medical disease. TEVAR has increasingly been used for Type B dissections with high risk features and experimentally in type A dissections. Complex cases will be discussed including nuances of decision making between the gold standard therapies and TEVAR. 
Speakers:  Drs. Josh Adams & Brent Keeling    /    Moderators:  Drs. Erin Moore & B. Robinson Williams, III

8:45 – 9:35 a.m.
Anticoagulation Strategies in Cardiac Surgical Patients
Anticoagulation strategies for cardiac surgical patients for CPB, ECMO, and in the ICU will be reviewed. Use of non heparin anticoagulants will be considered, and cases of cardiopulmonary support using different anticoagulation strategies ranging from no anticoagulation to alternative anticoagulants for the HIT patient will be presented. 
Speaker:  Dr. Jerrold Levy

9:35 – 10:00 a.m.

10:00 – 10:35 a.m.
Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring in Heart Failure Patients
Novel devices to monitor fluid status in patients with CHF now exist. Cases will be presented to understand patient selection, benefits, and complications of these devices.
Speaker:  Dr. Catherine Marti    /    Moderator:  Dr. Jamie Kennedy

10:35 – 11:15 a.m.
Ethics Focus:  Reoperation for Recurrent Endocarditis
Frequently, patients present with recurrent endocarditis at times creating an ethical dilemma for the treating physicians whether or not to offer redo valve surgery.  Challenging cases will be presented including audience participation regarding what they would do at their center.
Speaker:   Dr. Jack Haney   /    Moderator:  Dr. Kevin Accola

11:15 a.m. – Noon
Adult Congenital Focus: Common Dilemmas for the Practicing Cardiologist/Adult CT Surgeon
Patients with congenital heart disease have reached adulthood after successful surgical and medical management in childhood. Common congenital problems that the adult cardiologist/ CT surgeon will face will be presented to help appropriately care for this increasing population.
Speakers  Dr. Jorge Alegria   /    Moderator:  Dr. Mark Stiegel

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Dinner (Adults Only)


6:45 – 8:00 a.m.
Steering Committee Meeting

7:45  – 9:45 a.m.
Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall

8:15 – 8:55 a.m.
Summary of Relevant Clinical Trials in Last Year
Relevant findings from both cardiology and surgical trials that have been completed and presented in the last year will be presented. In addition, a preview of important ongoing clinical trials will be discussed.
Speaker:  Drs. Mike Rinaldi & Peter Smith

8:55 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.
New Technologies You Need to Know About
Several new technologies ranging from novel transcatheter technologies, surgical technologies as well as any IT adjuncts will be shared that can make our jobs easier.
Speaker:  Dr. Gorav Ailawadi

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Case of the Year Competition

10:00 a.m. – Noon
Farewell Brunch