12th Annual Western AF Symposium Agenda

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Pre-Symposium Dinner: A Multi-Specialty Collaborative Approach for Stroke Prevention in Afib patients

This premier CME-accredited Cleveland Clinic program in collaboration with Western AF, which features world-renowned faculty experts, will explore the most recent advancements and developments in Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) and oral anticoagulation therapy for stroke prevention. The prestigious panel, led by Dr. Walid Saliba of Cleveland Clinic, showcases engaging panel discussions, patient cases, best practices and the future of stroke prevention treatments.

Date : February 21, 2019
Time : 6:30-9pm
Location : Hotel Park City, 2001 Park Ave, Park City, UT
Check “Yes” to reserve a spot at the registration link : https://esimgt.org/westernaf/register

CME Course Director :
Nassir Marrouche, MD
Pre-Symposium Course Director :
Walid Saliba, MD

Faculty :
Michael Ezekowitz, MD, PhD
Wael A. Jaber, MD
Christian Mahnkopf, MD
Devi Nair, MD
Andrew Russman, DO
Oussama Wazni, MD
Brent D. Wilson, MD, PhD

THE WHAT, WHY & HOW OF BUILDING AN INTERDISCIPLINARY AF PROGRAM

Program Director Suneet Mittal, M.D. Director, Electrophysiology Valley Health System Ridgewood, New Jersey

11:20 a.m Welcome and Lunch – Prospector 4
11:30 a.m Trends in AF
11:45 a.m AF Cost of Care
12:00 p.m Building a Best in Class AF Program
12:15 p.m Establishing Your Program
12:30 p.m Panel Discussion
12:50 p.m Break
01:00 p.m How Did We Get Started?
01:15 p.m NP-Led AF Clinic
01:30 p.m ER Protocol for AF Patients
01:45 p.m Cryptogenic Stroke Protocol

02:00 p.m Panel Discussion
02:20 p.m Break
02:30 p.m How to Build a Lifestyle Modification Clinic
03:00 p.m ILR in AF Patients
03:15 p.m Utilizing Device Diagnostics and Programming
03:30 p.m Remote Monitoring Integration and Use of AP
03:45 p.m Cryo Lab Efficiencies
04:00 p.m Using EMR to Identify Gaps in the Care of the AF Patient
04:15 p.m Panel Discussion and Tracking Your Success
05:00 p.m Adjourn, Reception

THIS IS AN INDEPENDENT PROGRAM OFFERED BY MEDTRONIC, NOT PART OF WAF CME. “RSVP | To register for this program, please contact your local Medtronic representative”

Friday, February 22, 2019

07:00 - 07:35REGISTRATION, EXHIBITS & BREAKFAST SNACKS
07:35 - 07:45WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
Nassir F. Marrouche, MD
CME Course Director
Founder, Global Heart Education & Research Foundation

Session 1:

Chairs: Melvin Scheinman, MD; Johannes Brachmann, Prof.Dr 

07:45 - 07:57ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: I'VE SEEN IT ALL!
Eric N. Prystowsky, MD
07:57 - 08:09MOLECULAR CARDIAC TISSUE REMODELING AFTER ABLATION OF AF IN HEART FAILURE
Michael R. Bristow, MD, PhD
08:09 - 08:21DECAAF II UPDATE
Dave Wilber, MD
08:21 - 08:32LAA CLOSURE: BEYOND THE BLEEDING PATIENT
Rahul N. Doshi, MD, FACC, FHRS
08:32 - 08:44mRNA AND GENETIC TARGETING IN AF
Reza Wakili, MD
08:44 - 09:15OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 2:

Chairs: Mark Ibrahim, MD, FACC; Brent D. Wilson, MD, PhD

09:15 - 09:27NON INVASIVE ABLATION CONCEPT: A REALITY FOR ATRIAL ABLATION
Philip Cuculich, MD
09:27 - 09:39LEFT ATRIAL APPENDAGE LIGATION: MORE THAN STROKE PREVENTION
 Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD 
09:39 - 09:51CHADVASC VS ATRIAL FIBROSIS FOR PREDICTING STROKE IN THE AF PATIENT
Nazem Akoum, MD, MS
09:51 - 10:03AMYLOID AND AF: WHAT ARE WE MISSING?
Wael A. Jaber, MD
10:03 - 10:30OPEN DISCUSSION
10:30 - 10:45BREAK & EXHIBITS

Session 3:

Chairs: Wael A. Jaber, MD

10:45 - 10:57THE SMART PHONE AND SMART WATCH ECG: CHANGED MONITORING
Khaldoun G. Tarakji, MD, MPH
10:57 - 11:09CABANA
Douglas L. Packer, MD
11:09 - 11:21THE DILEMMA OF BLEEDING DURING AF TREATMENT
M. Edip Gurol, MD, MSc
11:21 - 11:33AF AND HEART FAILURE: CANDIDATES FOR ABLATION?
Milton Packer, MD
11:33 - 11:55OPEN DISCUSSION
11:55 - 12:40EXHIBITS & LUNCH
(Independent, however, as a special curtesy a limited number of lunches will be offered at the hotel on a first come, first serve basis.)

Session 4:

Chairs: Nazem Akoum, MD, MS; Christian Sohns, MD  

12:40 - 12:52INTEGRATING PATIENT-REPORTED OUTCOMES INTO AF MANAGEMENT
Benjamin A. Steinberg, MD, MHS, FACC, FHRS
12:52 - 13:04ATRIAL FIBROSIS IMAGING IS CHANIGNG THE WAY WE MANAGE AF
Saman Nazarian, MD, PhD, FHRS
13:04 - 13:16THE CASTLE AF TRIAL: MORE THAN MORTALITY BENEFIT
Johannes Brachmann, Prof. Dr.
13:16 - 13:28TEN YEARS OF DRONEDARONE: THE DATA
Stefan H. Hohnloser, MD, FACC, FHRS, FESC
13:28 - 13:45OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 5:

Chairs: T. Jared Bunch, MD; Krishna M. Sundar, MD

13:45 - 13:57ROBOTICS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN ONE: A TOOL FOR AF ABLATION
Takanori Yamaguchi, MD
13:57 - 14:09ATRIAL FIBROSIS PREDICTS OCCURRENCE OF AF
Christian Mahnkopf, Dr.med.
14:09 - 14:21TBA
TBA
14:21 - 14:33PLEASE TAKE SLEEP APNEA SERIOUSLY WHEN TREATING AF
Emile Daoud, MD
14:33 - 15:00OPEN DISCUSSION
15:00 - 15:15BREAK & EXHIBITS

Session 6:

Chairs: Jonathan Hsu, MD, MAS; Emile Daoud, MD

15:15 - 15:27AF SCREENING IN THE POPULATION: STATISTICAL REALITIES
Christine Albert, MD, MPH
15:27 - 15:39MY CRYSTAL BALL FOR AF MANAGEMENT: WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY CARMA EXPERIENCE
Nassir F. Marrouche, MD
15:39 - 15:51QoL AFTER ABLATION: LESSONS FROM CABANA
Jeanne E. Poole, MD, FHRS
15:51 - 16:03HOW MANY TIMES SHOULD WE ABLATE A PATIENT WITH RECURRENT AF?
David J. Callans, MD
16:03 - 16:30OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 7:

Chairs: Thomas F. Deering, MD, MBA; Ravi Ranjan, MD, PhD 

16:30 - 16:42 COMPUTATIONAL METHODS & MACHINE LEARNING IN ATRIAL FIBRILLATION
Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD 
16:42 - 16:54 AF IN WOMEN IS ASSOCIATED WITH HIGHER STROKE & LOWER TREATMENT SUCCESS RATES: EXPLANATION
Andrea M. Russo, MD 
16:54 - 17:06PATIENTS WITH ADVANCED ATRIAL FIBROTIC MYOPATHY SHOULD BE SURGICALLY ABLATED
Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD 
17:06 - 17:18ULTRA LOW CRYO ABLATION SYSTEM FOR AF ABLATION: CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
Alex Babkin, PhD
17:18 - 17:45OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 8:

Moderators : Walid Saliba, MD; Darryl S. Wells, MD  

17:45 - 18:45A PATIENT WITHLEFT ATRIAL THROMBUS ON WARFARIN/NOAC: WHAT’S NEXT ?
Bassam Wanna, MD, Kamran Rizvi, Mohamed Rafa Labedi,MD, FACC, FHRS; Leenhapong Navaravong, MD; Alex Leber, Prof. Dr.; Alexies Ramirez, MD; Mario Njeim, MD, Bengt Herwig, MD, Melanie True Hills
6:45:00 PMADJOURNMENT

Saturday, February 23, 2019

06:30 - 07:00REGISTRATION, EXHIBITS & BREAKFAST SNACKS

Session 9:

Chairs: Jonathan Hsu, MD, MAS , Prash Sanders, MBBS, PhD

07:00 - 07:12NOVEL CONCEPTS IN ATRIAL IMAGE PROCESSING USING MACHINE LEARNING IN AF
Alan Morris, MS
07:12 - 07:24ABLATE AF BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
Oussama Wazni, MD
07:24 - 07:36GUIDELINE UPDATE AFTER CABANA & CASTLE IS NEEDED!
Gerhard Hindricks, Prof. Dr.
07:36 - 07:48PERSISTENT AF ABLATION USING A NEW & PRACTICAL APPROACH
Pierre Jais, MD
07:48 - 08:12DEBATE: NEW OAC OR LAA IF A PATIENT BLEEDS ON OAC?
NEW OAC: Stacy A. Johnson, MD
LAA CLOSURE: Boris Schmidt, MD
08:12 - 08:30OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 10:

Chairs: Thomas McGarry, MD, PhD, FHRS; Ed DiBella, PhD 

08:30 - 08:42MRI ASSESSMENT OF LESION FORMATION: CRYO VS. RF
Eugene G. Kholmovski, PhD
08:42 - 08:54IMPLANTABLE MONITORING SYSTEMS VS WEARABLES: WHEN & HOW
Suneet Mittal, MD
08:54 - 09:06HOW TO BEST IMPLEMENT WEARABLES AND SMART ECG DEVICES TO DETECT RF?
Mintu Turakhia, MD
09:06 - 09:18THE NON-PV TRIGGER: HOW TO FIND AND ABLATE
Andrea Natale, MD, FHRS, FACC, FESC
09:18 - 09:45OPEN DISCUSSION.
09:45 - 10:00BREAK & EXHIBITS

Session 11:

Chairs: Thomas F. Deering, MD, MBA; Mark Ibrahim, MD, FACC 

10:00 - 10:12HOW TO BEST IMPLEMENT LIFESTYLE MODIFICATION INTO MANAGEMENT OF THE AF PATIENT
Prash Sanders, MBBS, PhD
10:12 - 10:24UPDATE ON RF BALLOONS FOR AF ABLATION: CLINICAL DATA
Amin Al-Ahmad
10:24 - 10:36HIGH POWER SHORT DURATION RF LESIONS: LESSONS FROM MRI IMAGING
Mihail G. Chelu, MD, PhD
10:36 - 10:48GENETICS IN AF: WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE UPDB
Lisa Anne Cannon-Albright, PhD
10:48 - 11:00NOT EVERY ELECTROPORATION IS THE SAME IN ABLATING ATRIAL TISSUE
Atul Verma, MD, FRCPC, FHRS
11:00 - 11:30OPEN DISCUSSION
11:30 - 12:30EXHIBITS & LUNCH
(Independent, however, as a special curtesy a limited number of lunches will be offered at the hotel on a first come, first serve basis.)

Session 12:

Chairs: Boris Schmidt, MD; Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD 

12:30 - 12:42HOW TO PROTECT THE ESOPHAGUS DURING AF ABLATION
Moussa C. Mansour, MD
12:42 - 12:54WHICH NOAC AND WHEN FOR STROKE PREVENTION IN AF?
Elaine M. Hylek, MD, MPH
12:54 - 13:06ABLATION IN ASYMPTOMATIC AF
Francis E. Marchlinski, MD
13:06 - 13:18DETECTING CELLULAR ATRIAL REMODELING USING CONFOCAL MICROSCOPY
Frank Sachse, PhD
13:18 - 13:45OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 13:

Chairs: Atul Verma, MD, FRCPC, FHRS; Edward J. Schloss, MD 

13:45 - 13:57MECHANISMS OF AF AND STRATEGIES FOR NEUROMODULATION
Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PhD
13:57 - 14:09THE CRYO BALLOON: BEYOND THE PV'S
Bradley P. Knight
14:09 - 14:21ATRIAL FIBROSIS IMAGING: THE SWEDISH HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE
Christopher J. McGann, MD
14:21 - 14:33THE TRANSMURAL LESION DURING ABLATION OF AF: IS IT IMPORTANT?
David E. Haines, MD
14:33 - 15:00OPEN DISCUSSION
15:00 - 15:15BREAK & EXHIBITS

Session 14:

Chairs: T. Jared Bunch, MD, Vikas Sharma  

15:15 - 15:27ABLATING PERSISTENT AF IN 2019
Gregory F. Michaud, MD
15:27 - 15:39DATA FROM THE GUIDELINES AHA/HRS AF REGISTRY
Jonathan P. Piccini, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA, FHRS
15:39 - 15:51NON-LINEAR ANALYSIS OF AF SIGNALS: CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS
Lin Yenn-Jiang
15:51 - 16:15OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 15:

Chairs: Gregory F. Michaud, MD; Gaston R. Vergara 

16:15 - 16:27MRI - PREDICTION OF RELEVANT ESOPHAGEAL THERMAL LESIONS - CORRELATING MRI AND ENDOSCOPY
Thomas Deneke, MD, PhD
16:27 - 16:39REENTERNET ACTIVITY DURING AF ABLATION: LONG-TERM OUTCOME STUDIES
Christian Sohns, MD
16:39 - 16:51ATRIAL ELECTRICAL REMODELING: THE CHALLENGE OF MAPPING AF
Ravi Ranjan
16:51 - 17:03DIASTOLIC DYSFUNCTION AND AF
Feras Bader, MD, MS, FACC
17:03 - 17:20OPEN DISCUSSION
17:20 - 17:30BREAK

Session 16:

Moderators: Edward J. Schloss, MD; John Mandrola, MD 

17:30 - 18:30ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: #ASKWAF VIA TWITTER
John Day,MD; Debbe McCall, MBA; Thomas F. Deering,MD, MBA; Jose Nativi-Nicolau, MD; Charles Jazra, MD; Antonio Raviele, MD, FEHRA, FESC, FHRS; Steve Rechenmacher, MD; and Travis Scott Wall, MD; Dave Albert.