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Don’t Miss the Fifth Annual Advances in Congenital Heart Disease Virtual Summit

The unpartitioned atrioventricular connection

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With live CME programs being cancelled at every turn in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, sources for engaging, high-quality online CME are more important than ever. That’s why the 5th Annual Advances in Congenital Heart Disease Virtual Summit, a live-streamed event, is the perfect solution to your CME needs: engaging content from international experts while practicing social distancing.


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This year’s interactive summit, “The Unpartitioned Atrioventricular Connection: From Simple to Complex,” will be live-streamed on October 16-17, 2020. The goal of the activity is to update participants on the morphologies of congenital anomalies, the best diagnostic modalities and interventions, as well as the latest guidelines and their impact on outcomes in both adults and children.

“This summit is particularly different because the whole meeting is dedicated to one special topic starting with the simple description of the anatomy all the way to the most complex surgery. It also address the care of patients with this disease from birth to adult life,” explains Hani Najm, MD, MSc, Activity Co-Director and Chair of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Najm gives the following three reasons not to miss this congenital heart disease event:

  • A unique and detailed dive in the common atrioventricular valve and options for repair.
  • A world class faculty.
  • A progressive subject elaboration from simple to complex lesions.

A must-attend event

“The virtual event promises to be a truly unique and informative experience for those in the field of congenital heart disease,” says Tara Karamlou, MD, MSc, a member of the activity planning committee and a pediatric and congenital heart surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

“The summit is a ‘must attend’ because it brings together a renowned group of multidisciplinary congenital heart disease providers who can share the latest diagnostic approach and surgical techniques for a complex defect. This conference is also centered around a case-based approach so that clinicians can relate the ‘pearls’ easily to their own practice and get a sense of how and when to integrate some of the highly novel surgical strategies we have developed at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. Our echo mini-symposium is another innovative way that we use to highlight ways to optimize image-based triage to biventricular pathways for unbalanced atrioventricular septal defects (AVSD). We are thrilled to have the collection of expert faculty and content for this landmark event,” Dr. Karamlou continues.

The summit is targeted to anesthesiologists, cardiologists, critical care physicians, cardiothoracic surgeons, pediatricians, Ob/Gyns, perfusionists and other healthcare providers interested in congenital heart disease.

“This is a fabulous opportunity for clinicians to learn about caring for pediatric patients with AVSD, including surgical techniques, management of arrhythmias, postoperative management and assessment of imaging modalities,” says Peter Aziz, MD, Activity Co-Director and Magdi Yacoub Endowed Chair and Interim Chair of Pediatric Cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. “Participants will have opportunity to hear from international leaders in their fields, unique perspectives.”


Registration information and full course details can be found here.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.


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