The Genetics of Heart & Vascular Disease

Genetics of Heart & Vascular Disease

The Genetics of Heart & Vascular Disease

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Hilton Head Island, SC

10/12/2018 - 10/13/2018

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$550 - $675 | Early registration saves $100 in each category


This 1½ day CME course is to have experts in the field of cardiovascular genetics detail the important role of genetics, genomics, and pharmacogenetics in the diagnosis, risk stratification, and treatment of diseases affecting the heart and the blood vessels.

Topics will include: Genetics/Genomics 101, pharmacogenetics, gene risk scores, genetic purgatory, the molecular autopsy, and the diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic implications of genetic testing for patients with congenital heart disease, long QT syndrome and the other channelopathies, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and the other cardiomyopathies, coronary heart disease, hyperlipidemias, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and the aortopathies.

Unique Features: Audience response system to enhance immediate feedback. Easy access to faculty members.  One-on-one interaction. Efforts will be made to introduce the clinical applications using new technology, however, there is no hands-on experience provided. Self-assessment questions to gage outcome. A special workshop will be provided to analyze a genetic test report and to comment on the significance of genetic test results from your patients.

Upon conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize the probabilistic nature of genetic testing and develop a strategy to manage the variant of uncertain significance (VUS) test result
  • Identify the impact of genetic testing in the diagnosis, risk stratification, and treatment of patients with heritable cardiomyopathies, channelopathies, and aortopathies
  • Determine the role of genetic testing in children and adults with congenital heart disease
  • Define genetic markers of atherosclerosis and the role of genetic risk scores (GRS) in risk stratification of  coronary heart disease
  • Identify the genetic basis of heritable causes of the hyperlipidemias and implications for prevention and familial screening
  • Define the role of inheritance in cardiovascular drug response and to utilize genetics to minimize adverse events and maximize drug efficacy

This course is intended for pediatric and adult cardiologists, internists, primary care providers, and nurse practitioners with special interest in the management of patients with CVD, pediatric and adult cardiology trainees, and genetic counselors with an interest in cardiology. 


Friday, October 12, 2018
7:15 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast ( Savannah South Foyer - 1st Floor)
Genetics/Genomics 101 - Increasing the Cardio-Genetics IQ of Practicing Cardiologists/NPs/Trainees/GCs
Moderator(s): Michael Ackerman, MD, PhD
7:45 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Moderator(s): Michael Ackerman, MD, PhD
8:00 a.m.
Genetics & Genetic Testing 101: Pedigrees, Penetrance, and Purgatory
Michael Ackerman, MD, PhD
8:30 a.m.
From Disease-Specific Gene Panel to Whole Genome Sequencing: The Nuts & Bolts of the Genetic Test Sequencing Platform
David Tester, BSN
8:50 a.m.
What Is a Genetic Variant Disease Causing?
Johan Bos, MD, PhD
9:10 a.m.
Interpreting the Genetic Test - From Geotypes to Sequencing
Iftikhar Kullo, MD
9:40 a.m.
Cardio-Genetic Counseling: Making Sense of It All for Our Patients and Their Families
Teresa Kruisselbrink, M.S., CGC
10:10 a.m.
Panel Discussion
10:30 a.m.
Refreshment Break
Diagnostic, Prognostic, and Therapeutic Implications of Genetic Testing for the Cardiomyopathies
Moderator(s): Teresa Kruisselbrink, M.S., CGC
10:50 a.m.
Arrhthmogenic Cardiomyopathy
Elijah Behr, MBBS
11:20 a.m.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Michael Ackerman, MD, PhD
11:50 a.m.
Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Naveen Pereira, MD
12:10 p.m.
Panel Discussion
12:40 p.m.
Diagnostic, Prognostic, and Therapeutic Implications of Genetic Testing for the Cardiac Channelopathies
Moderator(s): Michael Ackerman, MD, PhD
1:50 p.m.
Long QT Syndrome
Michael Ackerman, MD, PhD
2:20 p.m.
Brugada Syndrome
Elijah Behr, MBBS
2:50 p.m.
Atrial Fibrillation and Idiopathic Ventricular Fibrillation
John Giudicessi, MD, PhD
3:15 p.m.
Refreshment Break
3:30 p.m.
State of the Molecular Autropsy for Sudden Cardiac Death in the Young
Michael Ackerman, MD, PhD
4:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Optional Workshop - Walking Through a Genetic Test Report and Expert Analysis of Genetic Test Results From Your Patients
Michael Ackerman, MD, PhD, Elijah Behr, MBBS, Teresa Kruisselbrink, M.S., CGC, Iftikhar Kullo, MD, Naveen Pereira, MD
6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
7:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast ( Savannah South Foyer - 1st Floor)
Genetics and/or Pharmacogenetics of Your Patient With...
Moderator(s): Naveen Pereira, MD
7:45 a.m.
Pharmacogenetics 101: Right Drug, Right Dose, Right Patient
Naveen Pereira, MD
8:15 a.m.
Congenital Heart Disease
Sabrina Phillips, MD
8:45 a.m.
Heart Failure
Naveen Pereira, MD
9:15 a.m.
Familial Hyperlipidemias
Iftikhar Kullo, MD
9:45 a.m.
Panel Discussion
10:05 a.m.
Refreshment Break
Role of Genetic Testing for My Patient With...
Moderator(s): Iftikhar Kullo, MD
10:25 a.m.
Marfan Syndrome/Familial Aortopathy
Sabrina Phillips, MD
10:55 a.m.
Pulmonary Hypertension
Naveen Pereira, MD
11:10 a.m.
Coronary Heart Disease
Iftikhar Kullo, MD
11:40 a.m.
Cardiac Amyloidosis
Naveen Pereira, MD
12:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion
12:15 p.m.
Moderator(s): Michael Ackerman, MD, PhD


Michael J. Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D.
Naveen Pereira, M.D.
Iftikhar J. Kullo, M.D.

Johan (Martijn) M. Bos, M.D., Ph.D.
John R. Giudicessi, M.D., Ph.D.
Teresa M. Kruisselbrink, M.S., CGC
Sabrina D. Phillips, M.D.
David J. Tester, B.S.

Elijah Behr, MA, MBBS, M.D., FRCP

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In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Credit Statement(s)

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 .AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Health Care Professionals
A certificate of attendance will be provided to other health care professionals for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, speciality societies, or other professional associations.

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Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 12.5 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

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MD, PhD, DO, Pharm D

Registration fee paid in full by September 28, 2018

After September 28, 2018 - $675

Fellow, Resident, NP, PA, RN

Registration fee paid in full by September 28, 2018

After September 28, 2018 - $550

If you cancel your participation in this course, your registration fee, less a $75 administration fee, will be refunded when written notification is received by Mayo Clinic CV CME before, Friday, September 28, 2018 (email: No refunds will be made on or after Friday, September 28, 2018. Canceled registrations are non-transferable.

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This course is intended to be a live learning experience. If you do not attend this course on-site as a live learner, you will not be allowed access to the materials/lectures during or after the course. No refunds will be given for no-show registrants.


Guest rooms have been reserved for attendees and their guests with special course rates at The Westin Hilton Head. In order to receive the group rate, reservations must be made before the room block is filled or before the expiration date of Monday, September 10, whichever comes first. Reservations will be taken after this date bases on space and rate availability.

The Westin Hilton Head Island
2 Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Group Rate: $235 - Island View - Single/Double + $12 resort fee
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Parking at the Hotel
Self-parking complimentary/Valet parking $17 per day

Mayo Clinic Department of Cardiovascular Medicine is not responsible for expenses incurred by an individual who is not confirmed and for whom space is not available at the meeting.  Costs incurred by the registrant such as airline or hotel fees or penalties are the responsibility of the registrant.

Lodging and travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the individual registrant.


At the time of posting, a complete listing of commercial supports (financial or in-kind) was not available. Appropriate acknowledgement will be given to all supporters at the time of the meeting.

This course offers the opportunity for commercial companies to interact with health care providers and highlight their products and services. If you are interested in exhibit space during this course, please contact Sheila Fick. Exhibits will be available for viewing at all scheduled breaks.

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