2018 CardioVascular Symposium

Southern Arizona's Premier Professional Education Conference on Cardiovascular Disease

Keynote Speakers: Jason Johanning, M.D., and Natzi Sakalihasan, M.D., Ph.D.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018

6 a.m. - Walk/Run at the La Paloma Fitness Center
7 a.m. - Registration and Exhibits
8 a.m. -  5 p.m. Presentations

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
3800 E. Sunrise Drive


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Who should attend

Primary Care Physicians, Hospitalists, Emergency Department Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, RNs, Rad Techs, Echo Techs and Allied Health Professionals

We are honored to present the following keynotes:


Cardio Keynote Presentation
Frailty: Association of a Frailty Screening Initiative With Postoperative Survival

Growing consensus suggests that frailty-associated risks should inform shared surgical decision-making. However, it is not clear how best to screen for frailty in preoperative surgical populations.  -- Jason Johanning, M.D.

Dr. Jason Johanning is professor of surgery at the University of Nebraska. He is a vascular surgeon and has a keen interest in frailty and outcomes in surgical patients. He earned his undergraduate degree in psychology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and doctor of medicine at the University of Kansas Medical School. He completed a general surgery residency at Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals, and a vascular surgery fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. His research and quality interests include peripheral arterial disease, frailty and palliative care, and he has published more than 50 articles related to health care. His current focus is improving the quality of end-of-life surgical care for patients, families, providers and hospital systems.


Vascular Keynote Presentation: Can AAA Rupture be Predicted by Aortic Functional Imaging?

Rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm is the 13th leading cause of death in Western society. Moreover, AAA is generally asymptomatic, so precise prediction of AAA rupture risk is essential. -- Natzi Sakalihasan, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Natzi Sakalihasan is clinical professor, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital of Liège, and director, Experimental Research Center of the Cardiovascular Surgery Department, GIGA Cardiovascular Science Unit, University of Liège, Belgium. He received his medical school diploma from Cerrahpasa medical school of the University of Istanbul and its equivalence from the University of Liège. From 1986 up to date, Dr. Sakalihasan is a cardiovascular surgeon in the department of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the University Hospital of Liège. He defended his doctoral and his aggregation thesis on aortic aneurysms in 1994 and 2005, respectively. Professor Sakalihasan has authored or coauthored about 90 scientific papers, including about 50 papers on abdominal aortic aneurysms. His research focuses on all aspects of an abdominal aortic aneurysm and functional imaging of aortic diseases.


  • Keynote: Can AAA Rupture Be Predicted by Aortic MRI? Natzi Sakalihasan, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Diabetes: Effect on Cardiovascular Disease - Chetanbabu Patel, M.D.
  • Mass Casualty: What Would You Do? - Michael Lavor, M.D.
  • Early Heart Attack Warning Signs - Constantin Boiangiu, M.D.
  • Treating Carotid Disease: Options and Considerations - Wei Zhou, M.D.
  • Understanding the Risks and Benefits of Complex IVC Filter Retrieval - Julie Zaetta, M.D.
  • Controversies on the Management of Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis - Nicos Labropoulos, Ph.D.
  • How Detroit Sparked a Paradigm Shift in the Treatment of Cardiogenic Shock - Amir Kaki, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan
  • The Three Amigos: Approaches to Structural Heart
    • Valve in Valve - Neil Gheewala, M.D.
    • Valvular Repair - Raj Bose, M.D.
    • Watchman - William Thomas, M.D.
  • Virtual Healthcare: The Final Chapter - John Pacanowski, M.D.
  • Arrhythmias - What's New and Noteworthy? - Darren Peress, M.D.
  • The Evolution of Acute Stroke - David Teeple, M.D.
  • Compassion in Medicine - Lawrence Lincoln, M.D.
  • Q&A: Advances in the Treatment of Cardiovasular Disease - Moderator Luis Leon, M.D.
  • Keynote: Association of a Frailty Screening Initiative with Postoperative Survival - Jason Johanning, M.D.

Morning Walk/Run

Join us at 6 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, for a run/walk around La Paloma Fitness Center, 3660 E. Sunrise Drive. FREE to symposium participants. Lockers and showers at the Westin Workout Room near the Red Door Spa.

Click here for a pdf file of the conference brochure.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

thmep.jpg     AMA CME Credit: Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program (THMEP) is accredited by the Arizona Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. THMEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

AANP.jpg AANP CE Credit: This activity is approved for 8.0 contact hour(s) of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID 18083322. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies

RN.jpg RN Contact Hours: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider No. 10161, Program Number 2018-1165 for 8.1 contact hours. The certificate must be retained by the licensee for a period of four years after the course ends. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ASRT.jpg ASRT Credit: Approved by American Society of Radiologic Technologists for 6.75 Category A credits. Special documentation is required. Please register at the ASRT table. ASRT credit is accepted by: ARDMS, MDCB and NMTCB. Confirm acceptance of these credits with your accrediting organization. For more info, see FAQs from ASRT.


Please email Joanne Smith or call/text her at (520) 250-4895

Conference Fees

  Early Bird*  


   At the Door   

Physicians     $100     $125     $150
NP, PA     $ 85     $110     $125
RN, ASRT, Allied Health, Students        $ 65     $ 90     $105
TMC & SAHA Employees     $ 50     $ 75     $  85
Morning Run/Walk FREE

*Early-bird ends Sept. 21, 2018.


Conference registration includes continental breakfast, heart healthy lunch, breaks, reception and all materials. 

Questions Please contact Joanne Smith, by emailing or calling/texting (520) 250-4895.

Pay by check: Make check payable to THMEP. Include the name of the event, attendee name, email, contact phone and address on the check. Mail to:

THMEP, CardioVascular Symposium
PO Box 42195
Tucson, AZ 85712

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Registration Terms and Conditions:

• Substitute registrants will be honored.
• Refunds: Registration fee (less a 10% handling fee) will be issued within 7 days of written request for refund. Cancellations or no-shows after Oct. 13, 2018, are not eligible for a refund.
• One person per registration is allowed. Registrations cannot be split among multiple people.
• For reasons beyond our control, it is occasionally necessary to alter the content and timing of the program or to substitute speakers. Thus, the speakers and agenda are subject to change without notice. In the event of a speaker cancellation, every effort will be made to find a replacement speaker.

Symposium Directors and Event Coordinators:

Directors: Luis Leon, M.D., and Gulshan Sethi, M.D.

Planning Coordinators: Anita Bach, RT (R), RCIS, MHA, TMC Service Line Administrator for CardioVascular and Imaging Services, and Roxanne Lee, RN, BSN,TMC Manager, Cath Lab/Pre-Post/CNIS & CNS

Enhanced Learning Opportunity:

TMC Interactive Arterial & Vascular Ultrasound Imaging Course 2018

Thursday, October 18 – Friday, October 19
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Atrium Buyilding, Classrooms Kino A and B
5099 E. Grant Raod
Tucson, Arizona 85712