Heart and Vascular Conference

Starts Saturday, Nov. 1

This two-day conference is designed for physicians, nurses and allied health workers who care for patients with cardiovascular disease.

Saturday, Nov. 1, 7 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 2, 7 am to 1 pm
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Rancho Bernardo Inn
Aragon Ballroom
17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive
San Diego, CA 92128
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  • Registration closes Oct. 28

Presented by Sharp Grossmont Hospital

The sixth annual Sharp Grossmont Hospital Heart and Vascular Conference is one of the region's premiere events for cardiovascular disease education. The 2014 conference will showcase nationally renowned speakers and faculty who will discuss advances in cardiovascular care.

Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with colleagues and experts in a relaxed and intimate setting at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.

Educational Objectives
Following this educational conference, attendees should be able to:  

  • Integrate advanced techniques and treatment options for peripheral artery disease
  • Analyze areas in need of clinical and translational research to advance the care of complex patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction
  • Apply principles and techniques of aortic valve surgery
  • Describe aspects of thromboembolic disease
  • Apply evidence-based medicine criteria to choose techniques and devices to treat patent foramen ovale
  • Discuss management and interventions of complex stroke patients
  • Discuss new diagnostic and treatment techniques for venous disease
  • Critique the latest evidence supporting statin/treatment hyperlipidemia
  • Receive an update on implications of health care reform initiatives
  • Apply principles and epidemiology of chronic thromboembolic disease
  • Examine the role of prognostication in disease management
  • Analyze areas in need of PAD rehabilitation along with muscle changes with claudification and implications for rehab
  • Understand cardiac and vascular rehab in the community setting
  • Describe aspects of women’s cardiovascular disease
  • Discuss 30-day readmission rates and how to improve quality while reducing costs

This conference is designed for physicians and allied health workers interested in the management of patients with cardiovascular disease, including family medicine, emergency medicine, interventional cardiology, interventional radiology, vascular medicine, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, endocrinology, nephrology, internal medicine, public health, neurology, geriatric medicine, physical/rehabilitation medicine, oncology, wound care, podiatry, hospitalists, intensivists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, endovascular operating room staff, cath lab staff and allied workers such as vascular sonographers, echocardiography and clinical laboratory specialists interested in discovering new insight on cardiovascular disease from leading experts.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration for this event, please call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277) Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm

For Standard: A fee of $100 will be deducted from the amount paid if you cancel your registration less than 8 days before the event.

Fee Information

Please note, when you add the conference to your registration cart, make sure to select the correct fee type from the drop-down menu in the sign-up now box ($250 for standard, $0 for non-Sharp-affliated physicians, $0 for Sharp-affiliated physicians, $0 for Sharp employees).

Special Instructions

The special conference rate at the Rancho Bernardo Inn for a single or double occupancy room is $189 for Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1. Call 1-800-542-6096 to book your room and ask for the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Heart and Vascular Conference rate.

Presenter Information

Course Directors
Dr. Vincent Guzzetta, FACS
Medical Director, Heart and Vascular Center, Sharp Grossmont Hospital  

Dr. M. Joseph McGreevy, FACC
Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Center, Sharp Grossmont Hospital

Guest Faculty
Daniel L. Gross
Executive Vice President, Hospital Operations
Sharp HealthCare

Dr. James T. Heywood
Director of Heart Failure and Research
Scripps Health

Dr. Anna Mcdivit
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
UCSD Health System

Dr. Mary McGrae McDermott
Jeremiah Stamler Professor, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Ill.

Dr. Bruce Samuels
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

Dr. Nassir Azimi, FACC, FSCAI
Interventional Cardiology

Shelley Berthiaume, RN, MSN/HCE
Manager, Heart and Vascular Program

Dr. Hugo E. Gomez-Engler
Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Daniel R. Hoefer
Chief Medical Officer, Outpatient Palliative Care
Sharp HospiceCare

Norma McDonald, RN
Cardiac Rehabilitation

Dr. Barzan Mohedin
Internal Medicine/Critical Care

Dr. Scott Musicant, FACS
Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Dr. Dimitri Sherev, FACC
Interventional Cardiology

Dr. Thomas Terramani, FACS
Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Dr. Gilanthony D. Ungab

Dr. Ryan B. Viets
Neurointerventional Radiology

Dr. Suhail Zavaro, FACP, FACC, FSCAI, FAHA

Unless otherwise noted, all faculty speakers are affiliated with Sharp HealthCare.

*Please note: Speakers subject to change.


Saturday, Nov. 1

7 am — Registration and Breakfast

8 am — Welcome and Introduction
Dr. Vincent Guzzetta, FACS

8:10 am — Keynote Speaker – The Affordable Care Act and the Impact of Health Insurance Exchanges
Daniel L. Gross, Executive Vice President of Hospital Operations, Sharp HealthCare

9:15 am — Management of Complex Thoracic and Abdominal Aortic Disease
Dr. Scott Musicant, FACS

9:45 am — Epidemiology of Chronic Thromboembolic Disease in the USA
Dr. Barzan Mohedin

10:15 am — Break

10:45 am — ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults
Dr. Suhail Zavaro, FACP, FACC, FSCAI, FAHA

11:15 am — Common Sense Approach to PAD
Dr. Thomas Terramani, FACS

11:45 am — Evidence Based Medical Prognostication: Prognostication Made Easy – Sometimes
Dr. Daniel R. Hoefer

12:45 pm — Lunch

1:30 pm — Time Dependent Therapies for Acute Ischemic Stroke
Dr. Ryan B. Viets

2:15 pm — Venous Disease and Varicose Veins: Current Diagnosis and Treatment
Dr. Vincent Guzzetta, FACS

2:45 pm — Break

3 pm — Exercise Interventions that Improve Outcomes in Peripheral Artery Disease: An Update
Dr. Mary McDermott

3:45 pm — Cardiac and Vascular Rehab in the Community Setting
Shelley Berthiaume, RN, MSN/HCE, and Norma McDonald, RN

4:30 pm —  Adjourn

Sunday, Nov. 2

7 am — Registration and Breakfast

8 am — Welcome and Introduction
Dr. M. Joseph McGreevy, FACC

8:10 am — Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction
Dr. James T. Heywood

9:10 am — The Provider's New Paradigm; Appropriateness, Documentation and Quality
Dr. Bruce Samuels

10:10 am — Women and Cardiovascular Disease
Dr. Anna Mcdivit

10:40 am — Break

11 am — Remote Monitoring of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIED) in the Outpatient and ER Environment
Dr. Gilanthony D. Ungab

11:30 am — Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR): An Update on Current and Future Technology for Treatment of Severe Aortic Valve Stenosis
Dr. Dimitri Sherev

Noon — Aortic Valve Surgery: Overview with Emphasis in New Approaches to an Old Disease 
Dr. Hugo Gomez-Engler

12:30 pm — The Consequential Inconsequential PFO: A Second Look at Platypnea Orthodeoxia
Dr. Nassir Azimi, FACC, FSCAI

1 pm — Wrap Up and Adjourn

*Please note, agenda subject to change.


Registration and full breakfast starts at 7 am each day.

Parking Information

Ample parking is available at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. Self parking is included in conference rate. Valet parking is available, fee may apply.

What to Bring

For those who bring an iPad, laptop or tablet, there will be a link for the Sharp Grossmont Heart and Vascular Conference website for your convenience to follow along with speaker.

A sweater or light jacket is recommended as room temperatures may fluctuate.


Sharp HealthCare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Credit:
Sharp HealthCare designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

As an organization accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Sharp HealthCare requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest. Sharp HealthCare encourages faculty to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency:
This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195, which requires that all CME activities comprising a patient care element include curriculum addressing the topic of cultural and linguistic competency. The intent of this bill is to ensure that health care professionals are able to meet the cultural and linguistic concerns of a diverse patient population through effective and appropriate professional development. Cultural and linguistic competency was incorporated into the planning of this activity.

Sonographer Credit
Sharp HealthCare designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.

Nurse Credit
Sharp HealthCare designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.
The California Board of Registered Nursing recognizes the use of Continuing Medical Education Category 1 credit towards credit for contact hours. No BRN slips will be given at the activity.

It is mandatory that you provide your email address to register.