U-CARS 2015

More than 400 attendees from around the world participated in the 3rd Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium (U-CARS), which was held on January 16-17, 2015 at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, UT.
This year's keynote address was delivered by Eugene Braunwald, MD. of Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women's Hospital. 

2015 U-CARS Highlights



2015 Agenda

Friday, January 16, 2015

7:00 AM Registration
7:00-8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00-8:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks 

8:15 - 10:15 AM

Session 1: What is myocardial recovery?       



Understanding myocardial recovery: basic science perspective Lorrie Kirshenbaum, PhD
Understanding myocardial recovery: translational and clinical perspective Stavros Drakos MD, PhD
Understanding myocardial recovery: imaging and clinical insights from the atria  Nassir Marrouche MD
Understanding myocardial recovery: bridging imaging with bioengineering Nir Uriel, MD

10:15-11:00 AM
Keynote address by Eugene
Braunwauld, MD

Topic: The War on Heart Failure

11:00-11:15 AM - BREAK

11:15-12:45 PM

Session 2: Cardiac recovery lessons learned: guidance for future steps  

Topic Speaker
Myocarditis lessons for the cardiac recovery field Leslie Cooper, MD
How to apply to our current recovery research paradigms what we have learned from cardiac resynchronization therapy? David Kass, MD
Revascularization leading to myocardial recovery: when and how? Brent Muhlestein, MD

12:45-1:45 PM LUNCH- Scientific Poster Viewing

1:45-3:15 PM

Session 3: From pediatric to adult medicine: common challenges and opportunities?

Topic Speaker
Pediatric myocardial recovery: an evolving paradigm.  Melanie Everitt, MD
How to proceed from the identification of HF biomarkers to the development of new recovery therapeutic targets?  Nancy Sweitzer, MD, PhD
Right versus left ventricular failure: differences, similarities, and interactions. Andrew Redington, MB, BS, MRCP

3:15-3:30 PM BREAK

3:30-4:30 PM

Session 4: ORAL PRESENTATIONS OF BEST SUBMITTED ABSTRACTS - PART 1 (15-min each presentation)


Saturday, January 17, 2015

7:30 AM Registration
7:30-7:55 AM Breakfast
7:55-8:00 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:00-10:00 AM

Session 5: New therapeutic approaches for myocardial recovery

Topic Speaker

Cardiac cellular reprogramming

Todd Rosengart, MD

Human stem cells for modeling heart disease and for drug discovery

Joseph Wu, MD, PhD

Electrical instability and cardiac remodeling progression: recovery therapeutic opportunities?

Ravi Ranjan, MD, PhD

Therapeutic Adjuvants for Enhancing VAD-Associated Myocardial Recovery

Ken Margulies, PhD

10:00-10:15 BREAK

10:15-12:00 PM

Session 6: Acute heart failure and cardiac recovery

Topic Speaker
Door to Unloading: time for a new paradigm? Navin Kapur, MD
INTERMACS 1: How to select patients and mechanical support therapeutic strategies? James Kirklin, MD
Clinical Debate - Cardiogenic shock therapies: Cath Lab Vs. Operating Room Cath lab: Frederick Welt, MD
Operating Room: Martin Strueber, MD

12:00-12:30 PM - LUNCH

12:30-2:00 PM

Session 7: Mechanical circulatory support and cardiac recovery

Topic Speaker
How can we predict and diagnose cardiac recovery? Evgenij V. Potapov, MD German Heart Institute
Exercise, mechanical unloading and cardiac reverse remodeling Ulrich Jorde, MD
Surgical aspects of myocardial recovery Craig Selzman, MD

2:00-2:15 BREAK

2:15-3:00 PM

Clinical debate

Case presentation: A donor call for transplanting a 22-year old, advanced idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy patient 7 weeks post LVAD implant…

Topic Speaker

Position 1: Wait before listing such patients – the option of recovery is very attractive’

Josef Stehlik MD, MPH
Position 2: Transplant the patient – learn more before establishing recovery in everyday clinical practice’ Donna Mancini, MD

3:00-4:00 PM


Closing Remarks


Session 1

James C. Fang, MD

Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine
Director of the Cardiovascular Service Line
University of Utah Health Sciences Center

Email: james.fang@hsc.utah.edu

Elizabeth H. Hammond, MD

Professor of Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology
Intermountain Healthcare

Email: Elizabeth.Hammond@imail.org

Session 2

Donald Lappe

Chairman, Cardiovascular Department
Intermountain Heart Institute, Intermountain Healthcare
Email: Donald.Lappe@imail.org

Roger A. Freedman, MD

University of Utah Health Sciences Center

Email: roger.freedman@hsc.utah.edu

Session 3

Stephen Mckellar, MD

Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Utah Health Sciences Center

Email: stephen.mckellar@hsc.utah.edu

John J. Ryan MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiology
University of Utah Health Sciences Center

Email: john.ryan@hsc.utah.edu

Session 4

John Doty

Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, Intermountain Healthcare

Email: John.Doty@imail.org

Josef Stehlik, MD, MPH

Cardiovascular Division, Department of Internal Medicine

Email: josef.stehlik@hsc.utah.edu

Session 5

Dean Y Li, MD, PhD, HA

Edna Benning Endowed Professor of Medicine and Cardiology
Vice Dean for Research, University of Utah School of Medicine
Chief Scientific Officer University of Utah Healthcare

Email: dean.li@u2m2.utah.edu

Abdallah G. Kfoury, MD

Division of Cardiology
Intermountain Healthcare

Email: Boudi.Kfoury@imail.org

Session 6

Stavros Drakos, MD, PhD

Medical Director, Cardiac Medical Support Program
Associate Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
University of Utah Health Sciences

Anwar Tandar, MD

Division of Cardiology
University of Utah

Email: Anwar.Tandar@hsc.utah.edu

Session 7

Edward Michael Gilbert, MD

Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine

Email: edward.gilbert@hsc.utah.edu

Jose Nativi Nicolau, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Utah Health Sciences Center

Email: jose.nativi-nicolau@hsc.utah.edu

Clinical Debate

Georg Wieselthaler, MD

Director & Surgical Chief of Cardiac Transplantation & Mechanical Circulatory
UCSF Medical Center

Email: georg.wieselthaler@ucsfmedctr.org

Craig Selzman

Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Utah Health Sciences

Session 8, Abstract Presentations

Matthew A. Movsesian, MD

Professor of Internal Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology
University of Utah School of Medicine

Email: Matthew.Movsesian@hsc.utah.edu

Kia Afshar MD

Heart Failure Program, Intermountain Heart Institute, Intermountain Healthcare

Email: Kia.Afshar@imail.org