My Picks For Interventionalists/Structuralists Attending AHA 2016

The Fall foliage is at its peak, and the mood is getting festive as we approach Thanksgiving later this month. For cardiologists, the Fall is a busy time of the year with various scientific sessions lined up one after the other, right before the Holiday fervor begins to garner more traction. We are just a week away from the results of the US Presidential Elections, and from this year’s American Heart Association (AHA) Annual Scientific Sessions. The big event kicks off on November 12 at New Orleans, LA.


In this blog, I have put together a list of sessions that may be off the radar but should not be missed by the interventionalists who are planning to attend the meeting this year. Here’s the list:


Saturday, November 12
Get your brains revved up on the inaugural day of AHA 2016 with Michael Pencina (Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham, NC) and Dr. David Maron (Stanford University, Stanford, CA) as they discuss Applied Risk Reduction and Google’s Baseline Study, respectively, in a session on Cutting Edge Methods in Big Data. The session starts at 03:30 PM in rooms 346-347.


Sunday, November 13

Breakfast: Listen to Drs. Duane Pinto (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA) and William Jones (Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC) moderate a session on Best of 2016 in Interventional Sciences: From Clinical Cases to Best Science, with talks featuring Drs. Suzanne Baron (St Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, MO), Douglas Drachman (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA) and Patrick Serruys (National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, London, UK). The session starts at 08:00 AM in rooms 252-254.

Post-lunch: Be at the posters with Dr. John Vavalle (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC) as he moderates a poster session on percutaneous transcatheter valvular therapies (from 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM). Spend time with Dr. Emmanouil (Manos) Brilakis (Minneapolis Heart Institute, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN) at the posters as he moderates another poster session on PCI in Chronic Total Occlusions (from 03:45 PM - 05:00 PM). Both sessions will take place at the Clinical Science Section, Science and Technology Hall.


Pre-dinner: Learn more about the Critical Concepts in the Future of TAVR with Professor Eberhard Grube (Siegburg Heart Center, Germany) orchestrating the session that includes talks featuring Dr. Saif Anwaruddin (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA) and Dr. Vinayak (Vinnie) Bapat (Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK).


Monday, November 14

Breakfast: Begin your Monday morning with this not-to-be-missed AHA-The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) joint session on Innovations in Valve Repair featuring presentations from Drs. Craig Smith (Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY), Joseph Bavaria (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA), and Vinod Thourani (Emory University, Atlanta, GA). The session begins at 09:00 AM in rooms 350-351.

Pre-lunch: Drs. Duane Pinto (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA), Subhash Banerjee (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX) and others discuss Building a Successful Interventional Cardiology Career Path: The First Five Years at Science and Technology Hall (booth 2951). The session begins at 11:00 AM.


Post-lunch: Drs. Susheel Kodali, Ajay Kirtane (Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY), Herbert Aronow (Brown University, Providence, RI) and others discuss Top Five Innovations That Will Change the Interventional Cardiology Field at Interventional Central at Science and Technology Hall (booth 2951). The session begins at 01:30 PM.


Pre-dinner: Listen to Drs. Clifford Kavinsky (Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL) and Navin Kapur (Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA) moderate an AHA-Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) joint session on Structural Heart Disease Interventions.

Tuesday, November 15

Breakfast: Attend the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Learning Session: Interventional Cardiology, 2016 Update by Drs. Peter Berger (Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY) and Peter Pollak (Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL). The session begins at 09:00 AM in room 342.

Pre-lunch: Do not miss this all-star CHIP (complex, high-risk and indicated patients) session with Drs. Robert W Yeh (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA), Ajay Kirtane (Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY), Navin Kapur (Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA), and others. The session begins at 10:45 AM in rooms 252-254.


Pre-dinner: Wrap up your day learning more about current Controversies in Bicuspid Aortic Disease. The session begins at 3:45 PM in rooms 348-349.


Also do not miss the William W. L. Glenn Lecture; this year’s spotlight is on aortic valve disease management, and features the famed surgeon Dr. Friedrich Mohr from Leipzig, Germany. The AHA Annual Scientific Sessions promises to be a blockbuster meeting yet again, with thousands of attendees from around the globe. Be there! See you all at New Orleans, LA!

Ankur Kalra, MD

Advanced Interventional and Structural Cardiology, Houston Methodist
DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX
Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
Safety, Quality, Informatics and Leadership, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Ankur is an advanced interventional and structural cardiology fellow at Houston Methodist Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College. He served as a clinical and research fellow in interventional cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School in 2015-16. His research is focused on cardiovascular care quality improvement in low- and middle-income countries, and works in collaboration with the American College of Cardiology (Washington, DC) for the PINNACLE (Practice Innovation and Clinical Excellence) India Quality Improvement Program (PIQIP). Follow him on Twitter @AnkurKalraMD

Posted by Ankur Kalra on Nov 3, 2016 3:49 PM America/Chicago