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Echocardiography Symposium
37th Annual

Friday-Saturday, October 26-27, 2018
Hilton Miami Airport Hotel, Miami, Florida

About Event

Symposium Overview

This symposium provides a comprehensive update on the latest developments, cutting-edge technologies, current controversies and future directions in the field of echocardiography. Clinical presentations and echocardiographic studies will cover Doppler hemodynamics, valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathy, pericardial disease, native and prosthetic valve endocarditis, 3D echo, 3D rendering/printing and road mapping, contrast echo, cardiac mechanics, ejection fraction and strain measurements, echo in atrial fibrillation, cardiac remodeling in obesity, congenital heart disease and additional state-of-the-art topics in echocardiography. This course will be of special interest to physicians in the fields of cardiology, along with sonographers and other physicians interested in echocardiography.

Symposium Director

Michael Ozner, M.D., FACC, FAHA​​

Topics this year.

Topics This Year

  • Clinical presentations
  • Echocardiographic studies
  • Doppler hemodynamics
  • Valvular heart disease
  • 3D echo
  • 3D rendering/printing and road mapping
  • Contrast echo
  • And many other state-of-the-art topics in echocardiography
Topics this year.

Who Should Attend

  • Cardiologists
  • Cardiovascular Surgeons
  • Interventional Cardiologists
  • Sonographers
  • Nurses
Sponsorship & Exhibit Information

Sponsorship & Exhibit Information

On behalf of the symposium directors and the Baptist Health Continuing Medical Education Department we are pleased to invite you and your company to participate as a sponsor and exhibitor at our upcoming event.

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International Attendees

International Attendees

Baptist Health South Florida is pleased to extend a 20% discount to International Healthcare Professionals. Availability of this discount is limited.

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Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

Visit our Continuing Medical Education Website for upcoming symposiums, as well as our local conferences and online courses, both available at no charge.

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07:30 AM

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Visit Exhibits

07:55 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks Michael Ozner, M.D, Humberto Machado, M.D

08:00 AM

Systolic Function: Beyond Ejection Fraction Gerard Aurigemma, M.D.

08:25 AM

3D Echocardiography: Latest Advances and Applications Roberto Lang, M.D.

08:50 AM

Evaluation of Left Ventricular Function: Is Strain Ready for Prime Time? Miguel Quiñones, M.D.

09:15 AM

Diastolic Guidelines: Love It or Hate It Allan Klein, M.D.

09:40 AM

”Old School” M-mode and Spectral Doppler Cases Gerard Aurigemma, M.D.

10:05 AM

Break and Visit Exhibits

10:35 AM

A New Understanding of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Mechanics John Gorcsan, M.D.

11:00 AM

Introduction: Abnormal Motion of the Septum Left Bundle Branch Block Humberto Machado, M.D.

11:15 AM

Panel Discussion With Audience Participation - Moderator: Humberto Machado, M.D. Gerard Aurigemma, M.D., Roberto Lang, M.D., Miguel Quiñones, M.D., Allan Klein, M.D., John Gorcsan, M.D.

12:00 PM


01:00 PM

State-of-the-Art Evaluation of the Mitral Valve by Echocardiography Roberto Lang, M.D.

01:25 PM

Low Flow - Low Gradient Aortic Stenosis: Evaluation and Management Miguel Quiñones, M.D.

01:50 PM

Case Examples of Mitral Valve Disease Gerard Aurigemma, M.D.

02:15 PM

Evaluation of Mitral Regurgitation: When to Use TEE vs. Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Miguel Quiñones, M.D.

02:40 PM

Break and Visit Exhibits

03:05 PM

Pericardial Disease for the Ages: Imaging Guided Approach Allan Klein, M.D.

03:30 PM

Updated Role of Echocardiography in Pulmonary Hypertension John Gorcsan, M.D.

04:00 PM

Panel Discussion With Audience Participation - Moderator: Humberto Machado, M.D. Roberto Lang, M.D., Miguel Quiñones, M.D., Gerard Aurigemma, M.D., Allan Klein, M.D., John Gorcsan, M.D.

05:00 PM


07:30 AM

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Visit Exhibits

07:50 AM

Welcome and Introductions Michael Ozner, M.D, Humberto Machado, M.D.

08:00 AM

Clinical Recognition of Constrictive Pericarditis vs. Restrictive Cardiomyopathy Gerard Aurigemma, M.D.

08:30 AM

The Tricuspid Valve: Emerging into the Spotlight Roberto Lang, M.D.

09:00 AM

Application of the New Guidelines for the Evaluation of Diastolic Function: A Case-based Approach Miguel Quiñones, M.D.

09:30 AM

Break and Visit Exhibits

10:00 AM

Point of Care Echo Allan Klein, M.D.

10:30 AM

Unusual Cases of Endocarditis Gerard Aurigemma, M.D.

11:00 AM

Rapid Fire Case Quiz with Audience Participation John Gorcsan, M.D.

11:30 AM

Panel Discussion With Audience Participation Moderator: Humberto Machado, M.D. Roberto Lang, M.D., Miguel Quiñones, M.D., Allan Klein, M.D., Gerard Aurigemma, M.D., John Gorcsan, M.D.

12:00 PM




Michael Ozner, M.D., FACC, FAHA

Michael Ozner, M.D., FACC, FAHA

Dr. Ozner is symposium director of the Baptist Health annual Echocardiography Symposium, now in its 37thth year. Dr. Ozner is medical director for the Center for Prevention and Wellness at Baptist Health South Florida and a voluntary associate clinical professor of cardiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Ozner is a leading advocate for heart disease prevention. He is a well-known regional and national speaker in the field of preventive cardiology. Dr. Ozner has frequently appeared in the print, radio and television media including The New York Times, NPR radio and CBS News. Dr. Ozner is the author of The Great American Heart Hoax, Heart Attack Proof and the Complete Mediterranean Diet.

Humberto Machado Sr., M.D., FACC, FAHA, FASE

Humberto Machado Sr., M.D., FACC, FAHA, FASE

Dr. Machado is a director in the department of echocardiography at Mercy Hospital and he is a voluntary associate clinical professor of cardiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Machado is a co-founder along with Michael Ozner, M.D., of the annual Baptist Health Echocardiography Symposium, now in its 37thth year. Dr. Machado has authored numerous publications in the fields of clinical and research cardiology. His current activities are in advanced echocardiography involving the application of 3-D echo/polyparametric and 4-D speckle imaging in the E&M of heart failure patients, pulmonary arterial hypertension, resynchronization/ICD therapy, atrial fibrillation, predictors of thromboembolism, 4-D TEE and improved mobile digital networks. Dr. Machado is a graduate of the University of Salamanca, Spain.

Gerard P. Aurigemma, M.D.

Gerard P. Aurigemma, M.D.

Dr. Aurigemma is professor of medicine and radiology at UMass Medical School and director of non-invasive cardiology at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Aurigemma received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency at the University of California and fellowship at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical interest include cardiomayopathy, non-invasive cardiology and valvular heart disease.

John Gorcsan III, M.D., FACC, FASE

John Gorcsan III, M.D., FACC, FASE

Dr. Gorcsan is a professor of medicine with tenure and director of clinical research in the division of cardiology at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Gorcsan has a special interest in cardiac mechanics in heart failure and advanced echocardiographic imaging technologies. He has extensively published in the scientific literature with over 200 manuscripts. He is the associate editor for the Journal of Cardiac Failure, international associate editor of the European Heart Journal and Editorial Board member of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography and Journal of the American College of Cardiology. He is also known as originator and host of the educational Quiz Show “Echo Jeopardy”, which has gained international recognition.

Allan Klein, M.D

Allan Klein, M.D

Dr. Klein is director of cardiovascular imaging research and director of the center for the diagnosis and treatment of pericardial diseases at the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. His special interests are cardiovascular imaging (echocardiography, cardiac MR and computed tomography); pericardial diseases; restrictive cardiomyopathies; valvular heart disease; atrial fibrillation; and diastolic heart failure. Dr. Klein received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec after completing an undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology. Dr. Klein completed his clinical training at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and cardiology residency from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and a Research Fellowship from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dr. Klein is a past president of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE).

Roberto M. Lang, M.D.

Roberto M. Lang, M.D.

Dr. Roberto is a professor of medicine and director of cardiac imaging in the department of cardiology at University of Chicago Medicine. Dr. Lang has vast knowledge of cardiac imaging techniques to evaluate patients with a wide variety of heart conditions, including heart failure and valve disease. Dr. Lang was a pioneer in the development of three-dimensional echocardiography, a state-of-the-art method to observe heart function. He is a past president of the American Society of Echocardiography. He is currently in-charge of the Valve Clinic, where he actively collaborates with interventional cardiologists, as well as cardiac and vascular surgeons, to treat patients with structural heart disease and percutaneous aortic stenosis.

Miguel A. Quiñones, M.D.

Miguel A. Quiñones, M.D.

Dr. Quiñones is Winters Family Distinguished Centennial Chair in Cardiovascular Education in honor of Christopher, William and Scott Winters at the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. He is professor of cardiology at the Institute for Academic Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital Weill Cornell Medical College.

Faculty Disclosures and Resolution of Conflict of Interest

Faculty Disclosures and Resolution of Conflict of Interest

Disclosure Policy
Baptist Health has a process in place to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in CME programming. Through this process Baptist Health identifies and, when applicable, resolves conflicts of interest of all individuals in a position to control or influence CME content, including faculty, conference directors, planners, content reviewers, CME Committee members and the CME Department staff. The CME Department is responsible for content review and, when necessary, makes modifications to resolve conflicts of interest so final presentations are fair and un-biased. These efforts are intended to affirm that the educational content is not controlled or influenced – directly or indirectly – by a commercial interest. As defined by ACCME, a commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.
Individuals participating in this CME activity are responsible for identifying references to off-label or unapproved product usage in their discussions and recommendations.
Non-faculty Contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Baptist Health is not responsible for any image/illustration content prepared by faculty members for their presentations.

Disclosures for individuals in a position to control or influence content are provided below:
John Gorcsan, M.D., has disclosed that he receives grant/research support from GE, EBR Systems, Hitachi and V-Wave. Dr. Gorcsan has indicated that his presentations will not include discussion of off-label or unapproved usage.
Roberto Lang, M.D., has disclosed that he is a member of the speaker’s bureau for and serves on the advisory board of Philips Healthcare. Dr. Lang has indicated that his presentations will not include discussion of off-label or unapproved usage.

Faculty Disclosures and Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Nothing to Disclose
The following faculty members indicated that neither they nor their spouses/partners have relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and they will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in their presentations or discussions:
Gerard Aurigemma, M.D.
Allan Klein, M.D.
Humberto Machado, M.D.
Michael Ozner, M.D.
Miguel Quiñones, M.D.


​​Symposium Registration

Registration Fees

Physicians*​ $425
Other Healthcare Professionals $225
Fellows/Residents** $225
Baptist Health Employees $60
International Attendees International Attendee Information

Symposium fee includes Continental Breakfast and Breaks on Friday and Saturday, and Lunch on Friday.

Please Note:

*Group discounts available for three or more physicians who register together as a group by Friday, October 19. No add-ons. Call for details.

**Registration must be accompanied by a letter from the Fellowship/Residency Director.

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• Mail registration with check payment only to Baptist Health CME Department, 8900 North Kendall Drive, Miami, Florida 33176.

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Cancelation Policy

Changes may occur that are beyond our control. In the unforeseen event the symposium is canceled, Baptist Health will refund attendees the entire amount of their registration fees. If you are traveling from outside of the area, we strongly suggest purchasing travel insurance.

 In consideration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact us to determine your special service requirements.

Guest Attendance Policy

All symposium activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibit hall, etc.) are exclusively reserved for registered symposium attendees. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in the symposium areas. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.

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Location & Accommodations

Location & Accommodations

The Miami Airport Hilton, just minutes from Miami airport, offers access to beaches and attractions. Enjoy the 100-acre natural lake with jogging trail, outdoor pool and tennis and basketball courts. Indulge in spacious guest rooms and suites. This hotel was in the Top 20 of all Hotels in Miami 2015 by US News & World Report. Complimentary airport shuttle bus service available. 

Make your hotel reservation now by calling 1-800-HILTONS or visit the website here. The special group rate of $159, plus applicable taxes ends Monday, October 1, 2018

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