Course Information
UCLA Heart Failure Symposium 2019: State-of-the-Art Updates & Therapies for Advanced Heart Failure

Marina del Rey Marriott
Marina del Rey, California
May 18, 2019
*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
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Course Description

Heart failure affects approximately six million Americans and is the most common diagnosis for acute hospitalization in patients over 65 years. Over the next decade, we will see a dramatic increase in the number of patients in the community with advanced heart failure who can benefit from advanced therapies for complex cardiac disease. Academic medical centers, such as UCLA, have an opportunity to integrate treatment advances into a comprehensive patient-centered heart failure management program. UCLA Health wants to enhance the role of the primary care physician and primary cardiologist as the central provider for continuity of care for these complex heart failure patients.

The Eighth Annual UCLA Heart Failure Symposium 2019 will:

  1. Discuss general heart failure treatment options including short and long term LVAD therapy, heart transplantation, pulmonary hypertension management, high risk percutaneous and structural interventions, complex congenital heart disease management.
  2. Emphasize the need for developing networks linking academic centers with community physicians to manage these patients through the evolution of their disease pre and post advanced cardiac intervention.
  3. Discuss heart failure therapies in women’s health, cardiac rehabilitation and address patient and care-provider specific needs and perspectives.

Target Audience

Family practitioners, internists, cardiologists, pediatricians, nurses and all other healthcare professionals taking care of heart failure patients, as well as the interested lay public.

Registration Information


To enroll click here.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
UCLA Heart Failure Symposium 2019
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512

By Fax

Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620

Course Fees


  • $75

On-site registration:

  • $100


Pre-registration fee is non-refundable.


Course Chair

Ali Nsair, MD
Medical Director, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical
Circulatory Support Device Services
Heart Failure
Interventional Cardiology
Broad Stem Cell Research Center

UCLA Course Faculty and Panel Participants

Jamil Aboulhosn, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics
Director, Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center

Olcay Aksoy, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine

Abbas Ardehali, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery and Medicine
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
William E. Connor Chair in Cardiothoracic Transplantation
Director, UCLA Heart, Lung, and Heart-Lung Transplant Programs
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Arnold S. Baas, MD, FACC, FACP
Professor of Medicine
Cardiomyopathy, Heart Transplant and Mechanical
Circulatory Support, UCLA Division of Cardiology

Jason S. Bradfield, MD, FACC, FHRS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Specialized Program for Ventricular Tachycardia
UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center

Marcella Calfon Press, MD, PhD, FACC
Assistant Clinical Professor
Interventional Cardiology
Co-Director, UCLA Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program

Julie Creaser, RN, MN, CHFN

Daniel Cruz, MD, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Cardiomyopathy, Heart Transplant and Mechanical
Circulatory Support, UCLA Division of Cardiology

Ravi H. Dave, MD
Director of Interventional Cardiology at UCLA Health
Program Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program
Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at
Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Community
Cardiology Practices

Mario Deng, MD, FACC, FESC
Professor of Medicine
Cardiomyopathy, Heart Transplant and Mechanical
Circulatory Support, UCLA Division of Cardiology

Gregg C. Fonarow, MD
Director, Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center
Co-Director, UCLA Preventative Cardiology Program
Co-Chief, UCLA Division of Cardiology
The Eliot Corday Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and Science

Janet K. Han, MD, FACC, FHRS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Asst. Director, Cardiac Arrhythmia Service VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Associate Program Director, Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases, UCLA
Director, CCU, VAGLAHS

Tamara Horwich, MD, MS
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine/Cardiology
Medical Director of UCLA’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Co-Director of the UCLA Women’s Cardiovascular Health Center

Megan Kamath, MD
Clinical Instructor
Cardiomyopathy, Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support
UCLA Division of Cardiology

Murray H. Kwon, MD
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Associate Clinical Professor
Surgical Director of Mechanical Assist Devices
Surgical Director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit

Cathy Levenstein, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
UCLA Mechanical Circulatory Support / Heart
Transplantation Program

Codie Lieto, LCSW
Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care Social Worker for Heart Failure

Rushi Parikh, MD
Clinical Instructor
Interventional Cardiology
Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support
UCLA Division of Cardiology

Rajan Saggar, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit
Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant and Pulmonary Hypertension Programs

Richard J. Shemin, MD
Robert and Kelly Day Professor and Chief Cardiothoracic Surgery
Executive Vice Chairman of Surgery
Co-Director of the Cardiovascular Center

Neil Wenger, MD
Professor of Medicine and Health Services Research
Director, UCLA Ethics Center

Advanced Practice Nurses
Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center

Julie Creaser, RN, MN
YiChing Gibson, MSN, ACNP-BC
Nancy Livingston, RN, MN, NP
Anca Rahman, NP-C
Darlene Rourke, RN, MSN, CHFN
Beth Vandenbogaart, MSN, ACNP-BC

Mechanical Circulatory Support Coordinators

Amy Chang, RN, BSN, CCRN
Elan Moreno, RN, BSN, CCRN
Anthony Salimbangon, RN, BSN, CCRN

Outreach Coordinator

Melissa Moore, RN, BSN, CCTC

Program Agenda

Saturday, May 18, 2019

7:45 Welcome and Introduction
Ali Nsair, MD
Advanced Heart Failure: Management and Treatment
Moderators: Megan Kamath, MD and Julie Creaser, RN, MN, CHFN
8:00 State of the Art: Medical Therapies in Advanced Heart Failure
Gregg Fonarow, MD
8:20 Heart & Heart-Lung Transplantation, 50 Years and Beyond
Abbas Ardehali, MD, FACS
8:40 Electrophysiology Therapies in Heart Failure: From Complex Ablations to Wireless ICDs
Jason Bradfield, MD, FACC, FHRS
9:00 New Therapies for Advanced Heart Failure Patients: What's Coming Down the Pipeline
Ali Nsair, MD
9:20 Outpatient Hemodynamic Monitoring to Reduce Hospitalizations: CardioMEMS Case Series
Daniel Cruz, MD, PhD
9:40 The Great Debate: Heart Transplantation vs. Destination VAD Therapy in the Elderly
Ali Nsair, MD and Murray Kwon, MD
10:10 Break
Structural Interventions and Mechanical Circulatory Support Therapies: State of the Art
Moderators: Murray Kwon, MD and Anca Rahman, RN, NP-C
10:30 State-of-the-Art Debate: CABG vs. High Risk PCI in the Heart Failure Patient
Richard J. Shemin, MD and Ravi Dave, MD
11:00 New Paradigms in Cardiogenic Shock Management
Rushi Parikh, MD
11:20 To Clip or Not to Clip? Functional & Degenerative Mitral Regurgitation
Olcay Aksoy, MD
11:40 Beyond a State of Low Flow: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in Heart Failure Patients
Olcay Aksoy, MD, FACC
12:00 Congenital Heart Disease Management: From Medical Therapies to Structural Interventions
Jamil Aboulhosn, MD
12:20 Lunch
Multidisciplinary Approach to Patient Optimization
Moderators: Daniel Cruz, MD and Anthony Salimbangon, RN, BSN
1:40 The Patient Perspective
Mario Deng, MD, FACC, FESC
2:20 Advance Care Planning: Preparedness Planning for Patients and Families Lliving with Heart Failure
Neil Wenger, MD and Codie Lieto, LCSW
2:40 Multidisciplinary Care for Complex LVAD Patients: Cardiomyopathy
Elan Moreno, RN, BSN, CCR
3:00 TweetMeet: How Social Media has Become the New Source for Information for Patients and Providers
Janet Han, MD
3:20 Special Considerations for Women’s Health in Complex Cardiovascular Care
Megan Kamath, MD
3:40 Cardiac Rehabilitation in Heart Failure Patients
Tamara Horwich, MD, MS
4:00 Developing Shared Care Practices with the Community: A Growing Collaboration. Putting it All Together
Melissa Moore, RN, BSN
4:20 Reception for Attendees / Faculty & Adjourn


At the conclusion of the program participants will be able to:

  • Identify the epidemiology and pathophysiology of heart failure and the need for mechanical circulatory support with a growing heart failure population
  • Identify indications for and management of lifelong left ventricular assist device therapy
  • Implement shared care programs with the community and co-manage patients in need of complex cardiac therapies including LVAD therapy, heart transplantation, pulmonary hypertension management, high risk percutaneous interventions, and complex congenital heart disease management
  • Discuss the comprehensive multidisciplinary care and services available to complex cardiac patients within the UCLA Heart Failure Program


The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the AMA for category 1 credit as meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses from states other than California should inquire with their local State Board for specific continuing education policies.


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Marina del Rey Marriott, California Ballroom
4100 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 301-3000


Valet parking $15