The Western Atrial Fibrillation (WAF) Symposium assembles key global thought leaders for a collaborative discussion regarding the latest advancement in atrial fibrillation research and treatment. WAF features a distinguished faculty of physicians and researchers from 6 countries and 25 renowned biomedical centers across the United States. WAF speakers and panels discuss topics such as the electrical mechanisms of atrial fibrillation, image processing to improve AF management, AF and heart failure, MRI-guided ablation, improvements in patient care and AF outcomes, microscopy to characterize fibrosis, drug therapy, ECG monitoring, and technical advancements in the field of atrial fibrillation.

The Ninth Annual Western Atrial Fibrillation Symposium was our best-attended WAF symposium yet and a phenomenal success overall! We appreciate the insightful, diverse contributions by our symposium faculty and for the participation and feedback from all of our attendees.

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Accreditation: The University Of Utah School Of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit: The University of Utah School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The University of Utah does not exclude, deny benefits to or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran’s status, religion, gender identity/expression, genetic information, or sexual orientation in admission to or participation in its programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request, with reasonable notice. Requests for accommodations or inquiries or complaints about University nondiscrimination and disability/access policies may be directed to the Director, OEO/AA, Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 201 S President’s Circle, RM 135, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, 801-581-8365 (Voice/TTY), 801-585-5746 (Fax).


Register Online: Click here to register for the meeting

Dinner Registration: Click here to register for the dinner on Feb. 25

Registration Fees

$500Regular Attendee
$0University of Utah Faculty (will require verification)
$175One Day only/Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant
$350Fellow/ Nurse

What’s Included?

Conference registration includes:

  • registration materials
  • attendance at all educational sessions
  • time with exhibitors & conference supporters
  • breakfast and lunch each day
  • all refreshment breaks
  • final dinner at High West Distillery

Cancellation Policy
If cancellation of your registration becomes necessary, you may send written notice to Conference and Event Management ( Cancellations made by 5 PM EST January 24, 2017 will be accepted. A $50 administrative fee will be assessed on all cancellations. Confirmed registrants who do not attend the conference or who cancel after January 24th are responsible for the entire registration fee.
Attendee substitutions, however, may be made at any time. Should extenuating circumstances arise which result in your registration cancellation, exceptions to the cancellation policy can be made on a case by case basis. Please state your reason for cancellation in your written notice to Conference and Event Management.


We invite you to discover Utah’s breathtaking scenery, with thousands of kilometers of skiing, hiking, biking, and equestrian trails, five national parks within the state (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion) and two American gems—Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks—just a few hours away.

Western AF Symposium attendees and faculty may rent ski and snowboard equipment at a reduced rate by following the links below. You are encouraged to make your reservations online ahead of time.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

7:00 am
Registration & Breakfast
7:35 am
Welcome – Nassir Marrouche, MD
7:40 amIntroducing #ASKWAF2017 (Questions via Twitter)
John Mandrola, MD

Atrial Fibrillation – Session 1:

Chairs: Bradley P. Knight MD; Melvin Scheinman, MD
7:45 am10 years of WAF: Reflecting on 10 years of AF management progression
John P. DiMarco, MD, PhD
8:00 amPhase analysis of filtered electrograms identifies lines of block but not rotating wavefronts
Ulrich Schotten, MD, PhD
8:15 amClinical outcomes of AF mapping and rotor guided ablation
David Wilber, MD
8:30 amConcomitant LAA closure and AF ablation
Rahul N. Doshi, MD
8:45 amSocial listening, clinical trials, and surveillance: Potential impacts on the science of AF
Kevin R. Campbell, MD
9:00 amQ&A

Atrial Fibrillation – Session 2:

Chairs: Roger A. Freedman, MD; Moussa C. Mansour, MD
9:15 amTargeting rotors during AF ablation
Pierre Jais, MD
9:30 amMRI to image atrial tissue: A physicist’s perspective
Dana C. Peters, PhD
9:45 amSleep apnea and AF: Chicken and the egg
Larry A. Chinitz, MD
10:00 amPredictive strength of the CHA2DS2-VASc score in AF patients and how to improve it
Nazem Akoum, MD, MS
10:15 amQ&A
10:30 amBreak

Atrial Fibrillation – Session 3:

Chairs: Nazem Akoum, MD, MS; Bradley P. Knight MD
10:45 amHOCM and AF
Wael A. Jaber, MD
11:00 amNon-invasive ablation of AF: A reality?
Douglas L. Packer, MD
11:15 amCost effectiveness of AF ablation
Moussa C. Mansour, MD
11:30 amNew ways of improving lesion formation with RF energy
Dipen Shah, MD
11:45 amQ&A
12:00 pmLunch

Atrial Fibrillation – Session 4:

Chairs: Gregory K. Feld, MD; Frederick T. Han, MD
12:45 pmReal-time MRI for AF: How far we’ve come
Philipp Sommer, MD

1:00 pm How many re-do procedures to suppress AF? When to stop?
Andrea Natale, MD
1:15 pmHow to define AF ablation success: Think outside the “30 sec” rule
Francis E. Marchlinski, MD
1:30 pm Smartphone monitoring is changing the way we manage AF
David E. Albert, MD
1:45 pm Are AF patterns or burden important for stroke risk?
Mintu Turakhia, MD, MAS
2:00 pm Q&A

Atrial Fibrillation – Session 5:

Chairs: Gregory K. Feld, MD; Melvin Scheinman, MD
2:15 pmMonitoring AF after ablation: How and how long?
Suneet Mittal, MD
2:30 pmWhat we learned from FIRE and ICE
Christian Sohns, MD
2:45 pmPost ablation blanking period: Importance and duration
David Callans, MD
3:00 pm How 10 years of atrial MR imaging is improving our management and understanding of AF
Nassir Marrouche, MD
3:15 pmQ&A
3:30 pmBreak

Atrial Fibrillation – Session 6:

Chairs: David Callans, MD; Natalia Trayanova, PhD
3:45 pmRotational activity in AF: 5 years later
Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD
4:00 pmUsing fiber-optic imaging to detect and target atrial myopathy
Frank B. Sachse, PhD
4:15 pmAblating AF: A translational science perspective for clinicians
Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PhD
4:30 pmThe aMAZE trial: Rationale and expectations for closing the LAA
Frederick T. Han, MD
4:45 pmQ&A

Atrial Fibrillation – Session 7:

Moderators: Walid Saliba, MD; Darryl S. Wells, MD Roundtable: NOACs and LAA occlusion indication and procedural tips: Case presentations and roundtable discussion
5:00 pmPanelists:
Ahmad Abdul-Karim, MD
Andres Bochoeyer, MD
Jason S. Chinitz, MD
Michael Cutler, DO, PhD
Bengt Herweg, MD
Leenhapong Navaravong, MD
Alexies Ramirez, MD
Kamran Rizvi, MD
Gaston R. Vergara, MD
Bassam Wanna, MD
6:30 pmAdjourn

Saturday, February 25, 2017

7:00 am
Registration & Breakfast
Exhibits open

Atrial Fibrillation – Session 8:

Chairs: Walid Saliba, MD; Nathan Segerson, MD
7:30 amHow study designs prohibit us from comparing NOACs
Paul P. Dobesh, PharmD
7:45 am Gaps in appropriate OAC therapy in AF patients: Is there a role for aspirin?
Jonathan C. Hsu, MD, MAS
8:00 amBalancing bleeding and stroke risk in treating AF patients
Thomas F. Deering, MD
8:15 amLAA occlusion: Lessons from MRI
Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD
8:30 amQ&A

Atrial Fibrillation – Session 9:

Chairs: Edward DiBella, PhD; Christian Mahnkopf, MD
8:45 amAtrial fibro-fatty infiltration: How to target for ablation
Christopher Piorkowski, MD
9:00 amMapping AF maintenance mechanisms
Vadim V. Fedorov, PhD
9:15 amChallenges with current AF mapping systems: How to uncover the true information hidden in EGMs?
Olaf Döessel, PhD
9:30 amImaging atrial tissue using MRI: Implications for AF patients
Saman Nazarian, MD, PhD
9:45 amQ&A
10:00 amBreak

Atrial Fibrillation – Session 10:

Chair: Jonathan C. Hsu, MD, MAS; Thomas J. McGarry, MD, PhD
10:15 amSub-clinical AF: An explanation!
Benjamin A. Steinberg, MD
10:30 amTargeting fibrotic and low voltage areas to improve AF ablation outcomes
Takanori Yamaguchi, MD
10:45 amFamilial AF and MRI findings: A family study
Brent D. Wilson, MD, PhD
11:00 amEmerging energy delivery systems
Vivek Y. Reddy, MD
11:15 amQ&A
11:30 amLunch

Atrial Fibrillation – Session 11:

Chairs: Thomas Deneke, MD; Natalia Trayanova, PhD
12:30 pmEnergy parameters for appropriate lesion formation
David Haines, MD
12:45 pmProcessing the cardiac image: Structure, function, and beyond
Joshua Cates, PhD
1:00 pmSurgical AF ablation: Challenges and opportunities
Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD
1:15 pmCryptogenic stroke: Substrate or AF?
Hooman Kamel, MD
1:30 pmQ&A

Atrial Fibrillation – Session 12:

Chairs: Johnathan Dukes, MD; Eduardo B. Saad, MD, PhD
1:45 pmRole of metabolic derangements in AF onset and perpetuation
Prash Sanders, MD, PhD
2:00 pmAtrial flutter post AF ablation: Lessons from MR imaging
Mihail G. Chelu, MD, PhD
2:15 pmApproaches to ablate persistent AF in 2017
Gregory Michaud, MD
2:30 pmQ&A
2:45 pmBreak

Atrial Fibrillation – Session 13:

Chairs: Jonathan Dukes, MD; Oussama Wazni MD
3:00 pmThe evolution of anticoagulation management services
Stacy Johnson, MD
3:15 pmReal-time MRI: It’s all about the lesions!
Evgueni G. Kholmovski, PhD
3:30 pmEmerging mapping technologies
Atul Verma, MD
3:45 pmQ&A

Atrial Fibrillation – Session 14:

Chairs: Johannes Brachmann, MD; David Haines, MD AF and Heart Failure
4:00 pm A heart failure specialist’s perspective
James C. Fang, MD
4:15 pmA cardiac imager’s perspective
Christopher J. McGann, MD
4:30 pm An EP perspective
Oussama Wazni, MD
4:45 pmQ & A

Atrial Fibrillation – Session 15:

Chairs: Edward P. Gerstenfeld, MD; John Mandrola, MD
5:00 pm#ASKWAF2017: Addressing your Twitter questions
T. Jared Bunch, MD
John D. Day, MD

Christian Mahnkopf, MD
Eduardo B. Saad, MD, PhD
Mellanie True Hills
6:15 pm Adjourn



The 10th Annual Western Atrial Fibrillation Symposium will be held at the:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City - The Yarrow
1800 Park Avenue
Park City, UT 84060
United States
(435) 649-7000

Additional accommodations are available at these nearby hotels:

Park City Marriott
1895 Sidewinder Drive, Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-2900
(<1 mile from the DoubleTree Hotel)

Park Plaza Resort
2060 Sidewinder Drive, Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-0870
(<1 mile from the DoubleTree Hotel)

Hotel Park City
2001 Park Avenue, Park City, UT 84060
(888) 999-0098
(<0.5 mile from the DoubleTree Hotel)

Double Tree


Faculty to date:

Ahmad Abdul-Karim, MD

Nazem Akoum, MD, MS
David Albert, MD
Andy Bochoeyer, MD
Johannes Brachmann, MD
T. Jared Bunch, MD
David Callans, MD
Kevin R. Campbell, MD
Joshua Cates, PhD
Mihail Chelu, MD, PhD
Jason S. Chinitz, MD
Larry Chinitz, MD
Michael Cutler, DO, PhD
Ralph Damiano, Jr. MD
John Day, MD
Thomas F. Deering, MD
Tomas Deneke, MD
Edward DiBella, PhD
John DiMarco MD, PhD
Paul P. Dobesh, PharmD
Olaf Doessel, PhD

Rahul Doshi, MD
Jonathan W. Dukes, MD
James C. Fang, MD
Vadim V. Fedorov, PhD
Greg Feld, MD
Roger Freedman, MD
Edward Gerstenfeld, MD
David Haines, MD
Frederick T. Han, MD
Bengt Herweg, MD
Jonathan Hsu, MD, MAS
Wael Jaber, MD
Pierre Jais, MD
Stacy Johnson, MD
Hooman Kamel, MD
Evgueni G. Kholmovski, PhD
Bradley Knight, MD
Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD
Christian Mahnkopf, MD
John Mandrola, MD

Moussa Mansour, MD
Francis Marchlinski, MD
Nassir Marrouche, MD
Christopher J. McGann, MD
Thomas McGarry, MD PhD
Gregory Michaud, MD
Suneet Mittal, MD
Sanjiv Narayan, MD, PhD
Andrea Natale, MD
Leenhapong Navaravong, MD
Saman Nazarian MD, PhD
Douglas L. Packer, MD
Dana Peters, PhD
Christopher Piorkowski, MD
Alexies Ramirez, MD
Vivek Reddy, MD
Kamran Rizvi, MD
Eduardo Saad, MD, PhD
Frank Sachse, PhD
Walid I. Saliba, MD

Prash Sanders, MD, PhD
Mel Scheinman, MD
Uli Schotten, MD
Nathan Segerson, MD
Dipen Shah, MD
Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PhD
Christian Sohns, MD
Philipp Sommer, MD
Benjamin Steinberg, MD
Natalia Trayanova, PhD
Mellanie True Hills
Mintu Turakhia, MD, MAS
Gaston Vergara, MD
Atul Verma, MD
Bassam Wanna, MD
Oussama Wazni, MD
Darryl Wells, MD
David Wilber, MD
Brent Wilson, MD, PhD
Takanori Yamaguchi, MD

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Logistical Coordinator

Milly Marte

Registration Coordinator

Chris Archibald

Exhibitor Coordinator

Milly Marte