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Monday, August 22, 2011

Cardiovascular professionals prepped for St. Francis Health-sponsored symposium

INDIANAPOLIS –Hundreds of health-care professionals are expected to attend the fourth annual Franciscan St. Francis Health Cardiovascular Symposium on Friday, Sept. 16 at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.

Hosted by the St. Francis Heart Center, physicians will discuss topics ranging from cardiac imaging, innovative next generation technology, to advanced clinical research that will improve patient care through early identification and treatment strategies for patients with, or at risk of developing, cardiovascular disease.

Presenting physicians will also address aspects of heart failure and how the Heart Center is working with patients and staff to improve patients’ quality of life as well as reduce hospital readmissions.

Presenters include cardiologists, along with cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons from the St. Francis Medical Group Indiana Heart Physicians (IHP), St. Francis Medical Group Vascular Surgeons and Cardiac Surgery Associates (CSA).

The day-long seminar, which offers continuing medical education credits, is designed to give primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurses and other allied health professionals insight to innovative next generation technology and learn how our integrated approach is advancing cardiac care and improving patient outcomes.

The keynote speaker is Dan Peterson of the Bloomington, Ind.-based Cook Group, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of medical devices and supplies. Peterson is vice president for industry and government affairs, and his primary focus is on policy and programs in health care delivery, including economic, education and workforce development.

Topics and presenters include:

Cardiac imaging: Next generation technology: Saeed Shaikh, M.D., IHP; and Marc Gerdisch, M.D., chief of cardiothoracic surgery for Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center and partner of CSA.

Heart failure with preserved left ventricular contractility: Irwin Labin, M.D., IHP

Athletic events and the heart: Or, will I survive that marathon?: Robert Kinn, M.D. IHP.

Molecular biology aspect of heart failure: From cell to device therapy: Harry Genovely, M.D., IHP.

Percutaneous treatment of structural heart disease: Saeed Shaikh, M.D, IHP

Advances in atrial fibrillation management: John Moore, III, M.D., IHP

Peripheral arterial disease: From office screening to saving limbs: Sunil Advani, M.D., IHP

EKG unknowns: Smriti Banthia, M.D., IHP

Decision-making in valvular heart disease: Richard Shea, M.D., IHP, and Marc Gerdisch, M.D., CSA

Carotid artery disease and treatment options: Dawn Salvatore, M.D., St. Francis Medical Group Vascular Surgeons

Emergency cardiac care from the field to the hospital to home: Carson Turner, M.D., IHP.

The program is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a social hour following. It is accredited for 5.25 continuing medical and nursing education hours.

Registration is $75 per person and includes lunch. For more details about speakers and sessions, visit and click on the “Cardiovascular Symposium” box; or click on the link mentioned before.