Advances & Innovations in Cardiovascular Care Virtual Symposium

Presented by: The Guthrie Cardiac and Vascular Center

Saturday, May 6, 2023
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Conference Description

The American Heart Association estimates that 100 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 in 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 that will 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

Note: All conference times are listed in Eastern Standard Time and will be utilizing the Microsoft Teams® virtual platform.

  • 8-8:05 a.m. – Welcome – Sudhakar Sattur, MD
  • 8:05-8:30 a.m. – Beyond Statins – Saurabh Sharma, MD
  • 8:30-9 a.m. – Cardiac MRI in Evaluation of Patients with Heart Failure – Julius Aitsebaomo, MD
  • 9-9:30 a.m. – Cardio-oncology: Evolving Landscape – Najeeb Rehman, MD 
  • 9:30-10 a.m. – Options in Coronary Revascularization – Christine McCarty, MD
  • 10-10:15 a.m. - Break 
  • 10:15-11 a.m. – Pulmonary Hypertension – Mrinalini Krishnan, MD
  • 11-11:30 a.m. – Balloons, Stents, Drug Coated Balloons: Innovations in Interventional Cardiology – Daniel Sporn, MD
  • 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – Role of Pacing in Heart Failure - Pramod Deshmukh, MD
  • 12-12:15 p.m. – Break
  • 12:15- 1p.m. – Get with The Guidelines: CHF Medications - When and Why? – Abhishek Kulkarni, MD 
  • 1-1:30 p.m. – Sports and Exercise Cardiology – Benjamin McClintic, MD
  • 1:30-2 p.m. – Advances in the Management of Complex Thoracic and Thoraco-Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms – Umashankar Ballehaninna, MD and Amber Hussain, MD
  • 2-2:30 p.m. – When and How We Should Fix the Aortic Valve – Edo Kaluski, MD
  • 2:30-2:50 p.m. – Debate #1 – Ticagrelor versus Prasugrel Post PCI
    Presenters – Priyanka Ghosh, DO and Ryan Murphy, DO
  • 2:50-3:10 p.m. – Debate #2 – CT Cardiac versus Left Heart Catheterization for Stable Angina
    Presenters – Rajdeep Chana, DO and Hammad Rahman, MD
  • 3:10-3:30 p.m. – Debate #3 – ICD or No ICD for Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy
    Presenters – Ahmad Lone, MD and Ivana Okor, DO
  • 3:30 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

KrishnanMrinalini Krishnan, MD, FACC
Regional Director, Pulmonary Hypertension, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, Washington, DC.; Cardiology Educational Chair, Internal Medicine Residency, MedStar Health Internal Medicine, Baltimore, MD


KulkarniAbhishek Kulkarni, MD
Cardiologist, Chief of the Division of Cardiology
Southern Illinois University (SIU) Medicine, Springfield IL

Guthrie Conference Faculty

  • Julius Aitsebaomo, MD, FACC, FASE, FSCMR
  • Rajdeep Chana, DO
  • Pramod Deshmukh, MD, FACC, MRCP
  • Priyanka Ghosh, DO
  • Edo Kaluski, MD, FACC, FESC, FSCAI
  • Ahmad Lone, MD
  • Christine McCarty, MD, FACS
  • Benjamin McClintic, MD, FACC
  • Ryan Murphy, DO
  • Ivana Okor, DO
  • Hammad Rahman, MD
  • Najeeb Rehman, MD, MHA, FACC, FASE, FASNC
  • Saurabh Sharma, MD, FACC, FASE, FACP
  • Daniel Sporn, MD, MHA, FACC
  • Umashankar Ballehaninna, MD
  • Amber Hussain, MD

Conference Fees

  • $60 – Providers/Advanced Practice Providers
  • $30 – Nurses/Administrators/Other Health Care Professionals
  • No Cost - Fellows/Residents/Students
    Guthrie Providers: This conference is eligible for reimbursement from your 2023 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 Friday, April 28, 2023. (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 (6.0) 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.

Call-in/Log-in Information

After you register, you will be sent an email with the call-in / log-in information. If you do not receive this e-mail within 24 hours, please e-mail the Director, System CME, Trish Stern at

Advances & Innovations in Cardiovascular Care 2023 Virtual Symposium FAQ

Q: What is the format of the virtual conference?

A: It will be a combination of both live and on-demand lectures utilizing Microsoft Teams®.

Q: How do I claim my CME?

A: You will receive an attestation form at the conclusion of the conference.

Q: How do I evaluate the speakers?

A: The speaker evaluations will be linked in the Chat section of each lecture. If you don't have a chance to evaluate the session right away an e-mail will be sent in addition.

Q: Does the Guthrie Clinic office of continuing medical education report my CME?

A: The Guthrie Clinic Office of Continuing Medical Education will NOT report your CME to the any state licensing board. You will receive a certificate via e-mail to submit to your state licensing board.

Q: Help, my video is lagging or not loading at all!

A: Please make sure you have a stable high-speed internet connection and that you are not trying to access the site through a VPN.

Q: Will I receive any materials related to the meeting beforehand?

A: No, all meeting materials will be hosted on our virtual platform, you will not need anything else.

Q: How will I access the virtual conference?

A: After you register, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access the virtual platform.

Q: Will I need any equipment to attend the virtual conference (i.e., web cam)?

A: PC/Mac, iPad/Tablets, and Smartphones will all work with the platform. You do not need a web cam or any other equipment.

Q: How many credits will I receive?

A: There are (6.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ available.

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

Trish Stern, Director, System CME 
Phone: 570-887-5762