19th Annual Advances & Innovations in Cardiovascular Care Symposium

Let’s sock it to heart disease! 

Presented by: The Guthrie Cardiac and Vascular Center

A special THANK YOU to the Donald Guthrie Foundation for providing funding towards this symposium

Saturday, February 3, 2024
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Tioga Downs Casino Resort, 2384 W. River Rd., Nichols, N.Y. 

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Conference Description

The American Heart Association estimates that 120 million+ people in the U.S. are living with cardiovascular diseases; this includes heart disease, stroke, heart failure and hypertension, or high blood pressure. Cardiovascular disease remains the nation’s leading cause of death and disability, a ranking they have held since 1921. 

Similar to national rates, the prevalence of cardiovascular disease continues to greatly impact the population Guthrie serves. Due to the burden of cardiovascular disease, Guthrie’s cardiovascular health practitioners have joined forces to provide an update on primary and secondary prevention strategies along with an update on the breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of most frequently encountered cardiovascular disorders. 

This event will focus on practice guidelines and breakthroughs that are most relevant to the entire medical community, with emphasis on prevention and appropriate choice of diagnostic and therapeutic means. 

We hope to attract the medical community to this “patient-centered” interactive educational experience. 

Intended Audience

This conference is designed to provide an update on the diagnosis and evidence-based management of cardiovascular disease for primary care providers. Emphasis will be placed on building primary care-based skills and recognizing when to treat and when to refer. Others who find this program valuable include medical specialists, advanced practice providers, registered nurses, cardiovascular fellows, residents, medical and nursing students, and other allied healthcare professionals who would like to increase their knowledge base regarding cardiovascular disease. 

Elements of Competence

The CME activity has been designed to change learner competence and focus on the American Board of Medical Specialties areas of patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. 

Educational Methods

  • Live lectures with Q & A sessions will facilitate the dissemination of information. 

  • Interactive discussions are included to provider greater in-depth understanding of selected clinical issues. 

Conference Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe evidence-based strategies for risk assessment, screening, and prevention of cardiovascular disorders. 

  2. Identify the most cost-effective interventions for primary and secondary prevention.

  3. Clarify the role of systems-based practice in improving quality of care and outcomes, reduce medical cost, and improve patient experience for individuals and patient populations. 

  4. Discuss strategies to enhance efficacy of care, improve transit of care and facilitate high quality medical information. 

  5. Integrate new advances into practice. 

  6. Identify new novel emerging therapies that should be integrated into the clinical practice to reduce morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disorders. 

Conference Agenda

  • 8-8:05 a.m. – Welcome – Sudhakar Sattur, MD

  • 8:05-8:30 a.m. – Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Cardiology – Daniel Sporn, MD

  • 8:30-9 a.m. – Interventional (Case-Based) – Need More Than a Naked Eye – Edo Kaluski, MD

  • 9-9:30 a.m. – Anti-Lipid Therapy (Case-Based) – What’s New and How do I Choose? – Saurabh Sharma, MD

  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. Guest Speaker - Cardiac CT (Case-Based) – Role in Day-to-Day Practice – Abhinav Sharma, MD

  • 10:15-10:30 a.m. - Break 

  • 10:30-11 a.m. – Contemporary Management of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm – Joseph Cahill, DO

  • 11-11:30 a.m. – Cardio-Oncology (Case-Based) – When, What, and How? – Najeeb Rehman, MD

  • 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – Pulmonary Hypertension: Simplified – Hao Yang, MD  

  • 12-12:30 p.m. – Lunch

  • 12:30-1:15 p.m.Guest Speaker – Contemporary Management of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy – Abhinav Sharma, MD

  • 1:15-2 p.m. – Leg Edema: All that a Clinician Needs to Know – Anil Kumar, MD

  • 2-2:30 p.m. – Current Concepts in the Treatment of Renovascular Hypertension – Amber Hussain, DO 

  • 2:30-3 p.m. – Why, When and How of Left Atrial Appendage Closure – Sudhakar Sattur, MD

  • 3–3:10 p.m. - Break  

  • 3:10-3:30 p.m. – Debate #1 – Single vs Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Post Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)  

    • Presenters – Ivana Okor, DO and Ahmad Lone, MD  

  • 3:30-3:50 p.m. – Debate #2 – What Should I Start First in Heart Failure w/ Reduced Ejection Fraction (HFrEF) - SGLT2 Inhibitors vs Angiotensin Receptor-Neprilysin Inhibitor (ARNI)  

    • Presenters – Jocelyn McCullough, DO and Kevin Desai, MD  

  • 3:50-4:10 p.m. – Debate #3 - Balloon Expandable vs Self Expanding Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Valves in Patients with Aortic Stenosis  

    • Presenters – Priyanka Ghosh, DO and Hammad Rahman, MD  

  • 4:10 p.m. – Closing Remarks – Najeeb Rehman, MD 

Conference Directors

Sudhakar Sattur, MD, MHSA
Chief, Section of Cardiology; Associate Program Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship, Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Medical Group, P.C., Sayre, PA 

Najeeb Rehman, MD, MHA, FACC, FASE, FASNC
Director, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Guthrie Medical Group, P.C., Sayre, PA 

Guest Faculty

SharmaAbhinav Sharma, MD 
Assistant Professor, Cardiology/Cardiovascular Medicine 
Medical College of Wisconsin 



Guthrie Conference Faculty

Joseph Cahill, DO
Associate, Cardiothoracic Surgery 

Kevin Desai, MD 
1st Year, Cardiovascular Fellow 

Priyanka Ghosh, DO 
Chief, Cardiovascular Fellow 

Amber Hussian, DO
Associate, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery 

Edo Kaluski, MD, FACC, FESC, FSCAI 
Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, and Interventional Cardiology


Ahmad Lone, MD 
3rd Year, Chief, Cardiovascular Fellow 

Jocelyn McCullough, DO 
1st Year, Cardiovascular Fellow 

Ivana Okor, DO 
2nd Year, Cardiovascular Fellow 

Hammad Rahman, MD 
2nd Year, Cardiovascular Fellow 

Najeeb Rehman, MD, MHA, FACC, FASE, FASNC 
Director, Non-Invasive Cardiology 

Sudhakar Sattur, MD, MHSA 
Chief, Section of Cardiology 
Associate Program Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship 

Saurabh Sharma, MD, FACC, FASE, FACP, RPVI 
Director, Cardiovascular Prevention and Lipid Clinic 
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program 

Daniel Sporn, MD, FACC, MHA 
Chairman, Cardiovascular Service Line 
Program Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship 

Hao Yang, MD 
Associate, Cardiology 


Conference Fees

  • $70 – Providers/Advanced Practice Providers
  • $35 – Nurses/Administrators/Other Health Care Professionals
  • No Cost - Fellows/Residents/Students
    Guthrie Providers: This conference is eligible for reimbursement from your 2024 allocated CME/Meeting fund.

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Cancellation and Refund

The full conference fee is refundable, less $10 processing fee, if your cancellation is received, in writing by Wednesday, January 17, 2024. (The processing fee is nonrefundable regardless of the reason for cancellation). Refunds will not be granted after this time for non-attendance. 

The Guthrie Clinic Office of CME reserves the right to cancel an activity due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e., lack of registrations, unexpected events). Any registrants will be notified, and refunds will be processed. In the event the activity has been postponed, the registrant will have the option to receive a full refund, or they can use their registration for the respective conference. In addition, The Guthrie Clinic Office of CME is not responsible for related costs or expenses to participants, including cancellation fees assessed by hotels, airlines, or travel agencies.  


Minimum and maximum numbers for attendance at this event have been established and we reserve the right to substitute speakers/topics or cancel if necessary. By attending this event, you grant The Guthrie Clinic Office of CME the right to record, film, photograph, or capture your likeness in any media and to distribute, broadcast, use, or otherwise disseminate, in perpetuity, such media without any further approval from or any payment to you. 

The Guthrie Clinic CME Vision

To Enable Health Professionals to Provide and Achieve the Best Preventive and Comprehensive Care… Whole Community, All the Time. 

Accreditation Statement

“The Guthrie Clinic is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.” 

Designation Statement

“The Guthrie Clinic designates this live activity for a maximum of (7.0) AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.” 

Faculty Disclosure

The Guthrie Clinic adheres to the ACCME® Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. 

“Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing medical education activities sponsored by The Guthrie Clinic are expected to disclose to the audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s).” The presenting faculty/planning committee for this educational activity have no relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. 

Have a question that's not answered above? Contact our staff!

Trish Stern, Director, System CME 
E-mail: Trish.Stern@guthrie.org
Phone: 570-887-5762