Cardiovascular Disease Management

Old Medical College

October 26-27, 2013

Presented by

Medical College of Georgia at
Augusta University and
Division of Professional and Community Education

This course is designed to help you:

  • Discuss the latest advances in medical and invasive therapy for patients with heart and vascular disease.
  • Review advanced approaches to the care of patients with congestive heart failure.
  • Address the latest approach to patients with heart rhythm disorders including atrial fibrillation.
  • Examine the latest guidelines in the care of patients with coronary artery disease including coronary CT angiography.
  • Analyze options for contemporary management of patients with peripheral vascular disease.
  • Participate in interactive case-based learning exercises focusing on evidence-based care of patients with cardiovascular disease.


The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. This activity includes 12.5 hours of instruction and attendance at the entire activity is approved by Augusta University for a maximum of 1.25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Target Audience

Hospitalists, Internists, Family Practitioners, Anesthesiologists, Podiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, CRNAs and Nurses


Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, Augusta, Georgia


Conference Schedule
Saturday, October 26, 2013

7:30 a.m.

Breakfast & Registration

7:45 a.m.

Course Introduction & Objectives

8 a.m.

Heart Failure with a Normal Ejection Fraction: Is it a Real Disease? – Sheldon Litwin, M.D., F.A.C.C

8:45 a.m.

Sudden Cardiac Death: Who’s at Risk and How to Prevent It? – Kent Nilsson, M.D.
9:30 a.m.

Case Studies – Adam Berman, M.D., F.H.R.S., F.A.C.C.

10:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m. Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the Heart: What’s the Link? – Amy Blanchard, M.D.
11:15 a.m. Update in Stroke Prevention and Management 2013 – Askiel Bruno, M.D.


1:15 p.m.

Q/A and Course Update

1:30 p.m.

Peripheral Vascular Disease and Claudication: Contemporary Diagnosis and Management – Vishal Arora, MD

2:15 p.m.

Update in Anticoagulation Strategies for Atrial Fibrillation: Clearing up the Confusion – Jose Cuellar-Silva, M.D.

3 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

EKG Rounds: The Good, the Bad and The Ugly – Robert Sorrentino, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.H.R.S.

4 p.m.

Case Studies – Adam Berman, M.D., F.H.R.S., F.A.C.C.

4:45 p.m.

Q/A session
5:15 p.m.  Adjourn

Sunday, October 27, 2013

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
7:45 a.m. Introduction/Announcements

8 a.m.

Contemporary Management of Coronary Artery Disease – Sean Javaheri, D.O.
8:45 a.m. PFO’s, ASD’s and Beyond: To Close or Not To Close? – Paul Poommipanit, M.D.
9:30 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. Comprehensive Hypertension Management: The Nuts and Bolts – John Jason White, M.D.
10:30 a.m.

Aortic Diseases and Aneurysms: Diagnosis, Management and Outcomes – Neal Weintraub, M.D.

11:15 a.m. Case Studies in Heart Rhythm Disorders: A Practical Approach for Primary Care Providers – William Maddox, M.D.
12:30 p.m. Q/A & Course Wrap-up and Evaluations
1 p.m.  Adjourn


Co-Course Directors

Adam Berman, M.D., F.H.R.S., F.A.C.C., Director of Cardiac Arrhythmia Ablation Services, Associate Professor, Cardiology
Sheldon Litwin, M.D., F.A.C.C., Chief of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Professor, Cardiology Professor, Radiology

Guest Faculty

Sean Javaheri, D.O., Chief of Cardiology, Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Augusta, GA
Kent Nilsson, M.D., Cardiac Electrophysiology, Augusta University-UGA Medical Partnership, Athens Regional Cardiology, Athens, GA

Augusta University Faculty

Vishal Arora, M.D., Peripheral Vascular Intervention Services, Cardiac Catheterization Services, Associate Professor, Cardiology
Amy Blanchard, M.D., Medical Director, MCG Sleep Disorders Center, Associate Professor of Medicine
Askiel Bruno, M.D., Professor of Neurology, MCG/Augusta University
Jose Cuellar-Silva, M.D., Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellow
William Maddox, M.D., Cardiac Electrophysiology, Assistant Professor of Medicine
Paul Poommipanit, M.D., Interventional Cardiologist, Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology
Robert Sorrentino, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.H.R.S., Director of Arrhythmia Services, Professor, Cardiology Director, Electrophysiology Fellowship
Neal Weintraub, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Section of Cardiology, Professor and Kupperman Eminent Scholar in Cardiovascular Medicine, Associate Director of the Vascular Biology Center for Translational Research
John Jason White, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Section of Nephrology

Registration and Fee

Registration fee:

$195 Physicians
$145 NPs, PAs, RNs, CRNAs

The registration fee, less a $75 administrative charge, is refundable if notification of cancellation is received by October 5, 2013.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites, Two Tenth Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901 for course participants. Please make your reservations before October 1, 2013. The block of rooms will be released after this date. When calling in your reservation (706-722-8900 or 800-868-5354), please identity your group as 'Augusta University Cardiovascular Conference' to receive the special rate of $124 for single or double occupancy. You may fax your reservation and payment to 706-724-0044, or book online.

Special Needs

The Division of Continuing Education at Augusta University complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act. If you require special services, facilities or dietary considerations (vegetarian or otherwise) to support your participation in this continuing education program, contact the conference coordinator at 800-221-6437 or 706-721-3967.

Comfort Zone

Although every effort is made to have a comfortable temperature in the meeting room, we realize everyone’s comfort zone is different. Please bring a jacket or light wrap in case the room is too cool for your comfort.

Send registration Form to:

Division of Continuing Education
Augusta University
Augusta, Georgia 30912

Phone: 800-221-6437 or 706-721-3967

Fax registrations with payment by credit card to 706-721-4642 or register online:



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