Healing the Heart 2020: Second Annual Cardiology Symposium

Registration Information

The Healing the Heart Cardiology Symposium will be held February 7th, 2020. All registration is online.


Friday, February 7, 2020
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Featuring nationally recognized guest speakers including local experts from the Heart & Vascular Center at Cottage Health.


This symposium is designed for cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, physicians in training, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, family practice/internal medicine physicians, hospitalists, physician assistants, cardiology technologists, and other healthcare practitioners involved in the care planning of patients with cardiovascular disease.

Course Objectives

  • Summarize the diagnosis, care and management of pulmonary hypertension

  • Incorporate the role of nutrition in the prevention of cardiac disease

  • Examine the impact of technology innovations in structural heart, cardiac imaging and electrophysiology cases

  • Examine the current evaluation and treatment of patients with aortic and mitral valve disease

  • Reflect on the impact of cardiovascular disease from the patients perspective

  • Evaluate the contemporary management of patients with chronic ischemic disease and stable angina

  • Review the latest management of patients with heart failure, including LVAD and transplant

Scheduled Program

Time Topic Speaker
0700 Registration Continental Breakfast and Vendor Fair (Sierra Madre Ballroom)
0745 Welcome, General Overview and Research Updates

Joseph Aragon, MD

Session I Moderator: Dan Jurewitz, MD
0800 Nutrition and Cardiovascular Mortality Kim A. Williams, MD, MACC, FAHA, MASNC, FESC/ James B. Herrick Professor, Chief, Division of Cardiology Former President, American College Cardiology Dept. of Internal Medicine, Rush University Medical Center
0835 Update in Heart Failure Management Michelle Kittleson, MD, PhD Director of Education, Heart Failure and Transplantation, Professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute
0905 When to Refer for Advanced Heart Therapies Maria Fe White, ACNP/FNP-BC, Associate Director, Advanced Heart Disease Program, Cedar-Sinai Medical Center Coronary Artery Disease
0935 Break/Vendor Fair - Sierra Madre Ballroom  
0957 Session One Update: American College of Cardiology Moderator:Michael Shenoda, MD
1000 Cardiac CT in 2020 Mathew Budoff, MD, Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Debate: PCI Beats OMT Alone 

Paul Tierstein, MD, Chief of Cardiology, Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA


Rebuttal: Medical Treatment of Stable Angina

Sanjay Kaul, MD, FACC, FAHA Professor of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

1130 Keynote Presentation: Low Risk TAVR and the Future of Valve Surgery

Moderator:Peter Baay, MD
Michael Mack, MD, FACS
 Medical Director, Cardiovascular Surgery, Baylor, Scott & White Health

1215 Lunch Break - Plaza Del Sol

1310 Vendor Fair - Sierra Madre Ballroom (dessert buffet)

1342 Session Two Update: American College of Cardiology

Session II

Moderator: Joseph Aragon, MD

1345 “What you do about it can be your next tomorrow” 

Moderator: Sanjay Kumar, MD
Motivational Speaker: W Mitchell Hall of Fame Speaker, Author, Business Leader and Triumphant Survivor

1415 Advancements in Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair

Saibal Kar, MD, FACC, Director of Structural Heart Interventions, Center for Advanced Cardiac and Vascular Interventions, Los Robles Medical Center, Thousand Oaks, CA

1445 Update on Atrial Fibrillation Greg Cogert, MD, FACC, FHRS
1515 Stretch Break

Moderator: Colin Shafer, MD

1530 Update: New Treatment Strategies for Pulmonary Hypertension

Jeff Sager, MD, Msc, FACP, FCCP Director, Cottage Pulmonary Hypertension Center Santa Barbara Pulmonary Associates, Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, USC

1600 Closing Remarks and Meeting Adjourned

 Joseph Aragon, MD

Early Bird Registration (before January 13)

  • Nursing/Allied Health: $160
  • Physicians: $225

Accreditation Statement

The Santa Barbara County Consortium for CME is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The Santa Barbara County Consortium for Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #00252 for 7.0 contact hours.

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