Apr 6 2019
Apr 6 2019: 7:00am–4:00pm

2019 Brown Heart Valve Symposium

Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

The Warren Alpert  Medical School of Brown University and the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute will present the 2019 Brown Heart Valve Symposium titled Structural Heart Team Approach to Aortic and Mitral Valve Disease: Closing Gaps and Expanding Oppurtunities on Saturday, April 6.


There is a significant paradigm shift occurring in the management of patients with aortic and mitral valve disease. This recent changing landscape results in a lack of familiarity of how valve heart disease can be treated compared to the era when many providers received their medical school and residency/fellowship training. Physicians and advanced care practitioners need to familiarize themselves with the most up to date guidelines on diagnosing and managing aortic and mitral valve disease, have a basic understanding of the options for management (medical, open surgical, and percutaneous approaches) and know how and when to refer patients to the heart team structural clinic.

Target Audience

The target audience for the symposium includes physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents, and fellows specializing in cardiology and primary care.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activitiy, participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate the natural history of aortic and mitral valvulopathies.
  • Assess the strengths and limitations of advanced imaging techniques for characterizing surgical anatomy and quantifying the severity of valve disease.
  • Provide treatment recommendations and/or referral resources for patients with valvular heart disease.
  • Assemble the appropriate multidisciplinary team, imaging technologies and catheter equipment to perform structural heart disease interventions.
  • Provide insight into the role of advanced practice providers and specialist nurses in the heart team approach to valvular heart disease.
  • Address ethical issues and the role of shared decision-making in recommending treatment options for advanced valvular heart disease.


Event Topic Time
Registration, breakfast, exhibits 7-7:45 a.m.
Aortic Valve Disease—State of the Art Interventions Welcome and introduction
Phillip G. Haines, MD, MPH, MS, MRCP (UK)
7:45-8 a.m.
Keynote: State of the Art Percutaneous Valves
Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC
8-8:40 a.m.

Assessing Aortic Valve Disease—Defining the Problem
Moderated by: Brian G. Abbott, MD, Phillip G. Haines, MD, MPH, MS, MRCP (UK), Frank W. Selke, MD

What Can We See? Echo-Anatomical Correlation of the Aortic Valve
Andrew Maslow, MD
8:40-9 a.m.
CT & MRI in the Assessment of Valve Disease: An Open-and-Shut Case
Michael K. Atalay, MD, PhD, FSCCT, FSCMR
9-9:20 a.m.
Please Tell Me What I Need: Interventionalist Perspective
Paul C. Gordon, MD
9:20-9:40 a.m.
Go With the Flow, How Low Can We Go? Updates on the Grading of Aortic Stenosis
Katharine A. French, MD
9:40-10 a.m.
Break and visit exhibits 10-10:20 a.m.
Contemporary Approaches for Aortic Valve Disease
Moderated by: Phillip G. Haines, MD, MPH, MS, MRCP (UK), Frank W. Selke, MD
TAVR: The Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute Experience
Paul C. Gordon, MD
10:20-10:40 a.m.
Surgical AVR is a Viable Option for Patients: STS Data
Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC
10:40-11 a.m.
Shared Decision Making: Moving it Forward
Megan Coylewright, MD, MPH
11-11:20 a.m.
Valve-Valve: "An Expanding Indication for TAVR"
Frank W. Selke, MD
11:20-11:40 a.m.
Basic Case Discussion
Moderator: Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, FASE
Panelists: Paul C. Gordon, MD, Phillip G. Haines, MD, MPH, MS, MRCP (UK), Sumbal A. Janjua, MD, Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC, Robert Vazquez, MD, RPVI
11:40 a.m.-12 p.m.
Lunch and visit exhibits 12-12:40 p.m.
Mitral Valve Disease—An Ever Changing Landscape
Moderated by: Paul C. Gordon, MD, Rachel Karo, BSN, RN, CCRN
Defining Primary versus Secondary MR
Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, FASE
12:40-1 p.m.
Echo-Anatomical Correlation of the Mitral Valve
Andrew Maslow, MD
1-1:20 p.m.
Imaging Spotlight Lecture: Structural/Interventional Imaging of the Mitral Valve
Phillip G. Haines, MD, MPH, MS, MRCP (UK)
1:20-1:40 p.m.
Primary and Secondary Severe Mitral Regurgitation—Interventional Options
Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC
1:40-2 p.m.
Break and visit exhibits 2-2:20 p.m.
Surgical Approach for MItral Valve Disease
Frank W. Selke, MD
2:20-2:40 p.m.
Right Approach for the Right Patient: The Structural Heart Team
Megan Coylewright, MD, MPH
2:40-3 p.m.
Challenging Mitral Valve Cases
Moderator: Phillip H. Stockwell, MD
Panelists: Megan Coylewright, MD, MPH, Paul C. Gordon, MD, Sumbal A. Janjua, MD, Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC, Robert Vazquez, MD, RPVI
3-4 p.m.


Please visit https://cme-learning.brown.edu/Valve19 to register. The registration fee includes breakfast, breaks, lunch, access to an online syllabus, and complimentary valet parking.

Registration fees:

  • Healthcare professionals: $175
  • Allied health professionals: $125
  • Non-Brown affiliated residents and fellows: $50
  • Brown affiliated residents and fellows: Free

More Information

For information on cancellations, parking, and more, please see the event flyer. You may also contact Brown CME at 401-863-2871 or CME@Brown.edu.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Physicians: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistants/Nurse Practitioners: Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this program is designated for 7.0 hours AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. This credit is accepted by the AAPA and AANP.