May 4, 2024 (Saturday)
7:30 am – 4:30 pm

22nd Annual Cardiology Update

The rejuvenated 22nd Annual Cardiology Update will take place in Edmonton, Alberta on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy.

This highly anticipated event will be hosted by the University of Alberta’s Division of Cardiology and will bring together family physicians, emergency medicine physicians, internists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, EMS personnel and others with an interest in cardiovascular medicine. The event will also provide state-of-the-art information on the latest in cardiology.

Audience

Participants with an interest in cardiovascular medicine to attend the event, including (but not limited to) physicians in specialties including family medicine, emergency medicine, and internal medicine, nurses and nurse practitioners, pharmacists, EMS, clinical fellows, residents, and medical students.

Event Objectives

At the end of this continuing medical education activity, the participants will be able to:

Program

07:30 - 08:00
Registration and Breakfast
ECHA 2-490
08:00 - 08:15
Welcome and Introductions
Blair O'Neill, MD/
Anita Chan, MD
ECHA 2-490
08:15 - 08:45
Plenary Session 1: CCS New Fly and Drive Guidelines
Evan Martow, MD
ECHA 2-490
08:45 - 09:15
Plenary Session 2: Cardiac Disease: Role of new
DM Meds - SGLT2/GLP1
Sheri Koshman, PharmD
ECHA 2-490
09:15 - 09:45
Nutrition Break/ Exhibits
ECHA 2-490
ECHA 2-476
9:45 - 10:15
Concurrent Workshops:
1. Quadruple Therapy in HF: Who and How?
2. Antiplatelet Guidelines / New Stents / Triple Rx
3. Chest Pain in Women - SCAD / MINOCA / INOCA
4. Vaccine Recommendations in Adults
Lindsey Carter, MD
Chloe Laferrière, MD
Michelle Graham, MD
Lynora Saxinger, MD
ECHA 2-140
ECHA 2-150
ECHA 2-420
ECHA 2-430
10:20 - 10:50
Repeated Concurrent Workshops
11:00 - 11:40
Plenary Session 3: Kidney-Heart Balance: Cardiology Nephrology Perspective
Janek Senaratne, MD
Shelley Duggan, MD
ECHA 2-490
11:40 - 12:10
Plenary Session 4: New Lipid Guidelines
Gabor Gyenes, MD
ECHA 2-490
12:10 - 12:55
Lunch and Exhibits
ECHA 2-476
12:55 - 13:25
Plenary Session 5: Woman and Heart Disease: Special emphasis on pregnancy
Jonathan Windram, MD
ECHA 2-490
13:30 - 14:00
Plenary Session 6: Advanced Symptom Control in Advanced Cardiac Disease
Deirdre O'Neill, MD
ECHA 2-490
14:00 - 14:30
Nutrition Break
ECHA 2-500
ECHA 2-476
14:30 - 15:00
Concurrent Workshops:
1. Alcohol and the Heart: Friend or Foe
2. COVID is a Cardiovascular Disease
3. My Patient was just Discharged from Cardiology: What Should I be Looking For?
4. TAVR - Is it Really This Easy?
Isabelle Vonder Muhll, MD
Gavin Oudit, MD
Arjun Gupta, MD
Jeevan Nagendran, MD
ECHA 2-140
ECHA 2-150
ECHA 2-420
ECHA 2-430
15:05 - 15:35
Repeated Concurrent Workshops
15:45 - 16:15
Can Ketogenic Diets be Therapeutic?
Blair O'Neill, MD
ECHA 2-490
16:15 - 16:30
Closing Remarks & Door Prize
Blair O'Neill, MD/
Anita Chan, MD

Our Co-Chairs

Anita Y.M. Chan

MD, Ph.D., FRCPC (Co-Chair)

Cardiologist, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute

Dr. Anita Chan is a Nuclear Cardiologist at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. She is also the Medical Director of the Exercise and Nuclear Laboratories at the University of Alberta Hospital/ Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. She completed the combined MD/PhD program at the University of Alberta, followed by residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and Adult Cardiology at the University of Toronto. Her subspecialty fellowship training in Nuclear Cardiology and Stress Echocardiography was also completed at the University of Toronto. She is a Diplomate of the American Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology since 2018.

In addition to Nuclear Cardiology, her clinical practice includes general cardiology, cardiac amyloidosis, and cardiac sarcoidosis. Dr. Chan is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Alberta and serves as the Nuclear Cardiology rotation lead. She received an Academic Presenter of the Year teaching award in 2022 from the Cardiology Residency Program.

Dr. Blair J. O'Neill

MD, FRCPC (Co-Chair)

Interventional and Preventive Cardiologist, Professor of Medicine, University of Alberta, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Board Chair, Healthcare Excellence Canada

Dr. Blair O’Neill has been a practicing cardiologist for the past 34 years. He has been a past Division Director of Cardiology at the University of Alberta. He was the inaugural Senior Medical Director for the Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network, as the Associate Chief Medical Officer with Alberta Health Services, overseeing all the strategic clinical networks. Since 2019, he has returned to full time clinical practice. His interests have been in interventional, critical care, and preventive cardiology. In his pursuit of preventive cardiology, he has encouraged and prescribed ketogenic diets and low carbohydrate diets for patients for both primary and secondary prevention.

Venue

Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA).
ECHA is located at 11405 - 87 Avenue NW.
Room: ECHA 2-490

Date & Time

May 4, 2024 (Saturday)
7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Registration

Registration has been closed.

$250

Physicians

$200

Pharmacists

$150

Nurses / Allied Health Professionals

$100

Students* / Residents / Fellows

work-schedule

Date/Time

May 4, 2024
7:30 am – 4:30 pm

online-card-payment

Methods of Payment

Preferred Method of Payment is through PayPal/Credit Card.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Our Speakers

Planning Committee Members

Shelby Sluchinski
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RN, MN, NP-Cardiology, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
Blair J. O'NeillMD, FRCPC (Co-Chair)
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Interventional and Preventive Cardiologist, Professor of Medicine, University of Alberta, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Board Chair, Healthcare Excellence Canada
Anita Y.M. ChanMD, Ph.D., FRCPC (Co-Chair)
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Cardiologist, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
Omar Gilani
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Cardiology Chief Resident, University of Alberta
Sheri L. Koshman
Sheri L. KoshmanBScPharm, PharmD, ACPR, FCSHP
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Alberta | Coordinator, Advanced (Year 2) Pharmacy Residency - Cardiology, Pharmacy Services, Alberta Health Services | Pharmacist, Heart Function Clinic and Cardio-Oncology Clinic, Mazankowski Heart Institute
Evan MartowBMSc MDCM MHA FRCPCx2 (IM + Cardio) DRCPSC (EP)
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Cardiac Electrophysiologist and Arrhythmia Specialist, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
Matthew ChurchMD, FRCPC
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Cardiology, University of Alberta
Arjun K GuptaMD, FRCPC, DRCPSC
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Clinical Lecturer, Interventional Cardiologist, University of Alberta/Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
Kevin R. BaineyMD, MSc, FRCPC, FACC
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Associate Professor of Medicine, Interventional Cardiologist, Director, Adult Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Cardiology, Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program, Faculty, Canadian VIGOUR Centre, University of Alberta/Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
Joanne BaergenBSc, MD, MEd (HSE), CCFP
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Assistant Program Director, Resident Support and Wellness, Assistant Professor, University Of Alberta, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Daisy FungBMSc, MD, CCFP
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Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine, University of Alberta, Academic Site Director, Kaye Edmonton Clinic (Justik and Horizon Clinic Satellite Clinics), Family Medicine Residency Program
Melissa ShahMD CCFP
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Family Physician, Kaye Edmonton Clinic Family Medicine
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The Sponsors

CFPC ACCREDITATION 

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Physicians of Canada for up to 5.5 Mainpro+ credits.

RCPSC ACCREDITATION

The Group Learning program has been certified by the RCPS MOC section 1 for 6.0 hours.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellation requests must be email to pkaravidas@mazcardiacassociates.ca on or before to  April 4, 2024, and will be subject to a $35 processing fee. No refunds will be considered after this date. Registrations are non-transferable. The Planning Committee reserves the right to cancel or postpone this conference due to insufficient registration, or circumstances beyond our control.

Dr. Sheri Koshman BScPharm, PharmD, ACPR, FCSHP

Dr. Koshman is an Associate Professor of Medicine with the Division of Cardiology at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton.  She practices in the Heart Function Clinic and the Cardio-Oncology Clinic at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. She is the co-lead of the first Advanced Pharmacy Residency Cardiology program in Canada.  

Dr. Koshman is a former member of the Canadian Cardiovascular Heart Failure Guidelines Committee, is a member of the Alberta Health Services Strategic Clinical Network Heart Failure Working Group and co-developer of the Med-HF App, a heart failure app aimed at helping front line practitioner manage heart failure medications.

She was one of the first 15 pharmacists to be awarded independent prescribing rights in Canada.

Dr. Blair O'Neill

Dr. Blair O’Neill has been a practicing cardiologist for the past 34 years. He has been a past Division Director of Cardiology at the University of Alberta. He was the inaugural Senior Medical Director for the Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network, as the Associate Chief Medical Officer with Alberta Health Services, overseeing all the strategic clinical networks. Since 2019, he has returned to full time clinical practice. His interests have been in interventional, critical care, and preventive cardiology. In his pursuit of preventive cardiology, he has encouraged and prescribed ketogenic diets and low carbohydrate diets for patients for both primary and secondary prevention.

Chloë Laferrière, MD FRCPC

Dre Laferrière is an interventional Cardiology fellow at the University of Alberta. She completed her Cardiology training at the University of Montreal in Quebec. Her main field of interest is adult congenital heart disease interventions.

Gabor Gyenes

Gabor Gyenes was born and raised in Hungary, where he trained in Medicine and Cardiology. After a PhD in Sweden, and 3 years of further training in Toronto he accepted a job at the U of A where he is currently Professor of Medicine. He is a non-invasive cardiologist with a large teaching and a small research portfolio. He has more than a 100 peer-reviewed publications and he co-edited and wrote a book on the 25 Landmark Trials in Cardiology.
He is the current Edmonton Zone Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, and the Medical Director of the Cardio-oncology program.
Proud father of two, he plays tennis in his free time, and plays drums in 2 cover bands.

Dr. Vonder Muhll

Dr. Vonder Muhll is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta in the Division of Cardiology and director of the Northern Alberta Adult Congenital Heart Program. Her clinical, research and educational interests are in cardiac imaging and adult congenital heart disease. She is the program director for the fellowship program in Adult Congenital Heart Disease. In addition, she is interested in psychosocial outcomes in cardiac patients, social determinants of health, increasing patient engagement and improving the patient experience at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.

Dr. Arjun Gupta

Dr. Arjun Gupta is an interventional cardiologist at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. He completed his medical school in Calgary followed by internal medicine and cardiology residencies at the University of Alberta where he served as chief resident in both programs. He then completed a two-year interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Manitoba before returning back to Edmonton. Dr. Gupta has an interest in medical education and complex PCI.

Michelle M. Graham, MD, FRCPC, FCCS

Dr Graham is a Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta. She obtained her medical degree at the University of Ottawa, followed by training in Internal Medicine at Western University, Cardiology at Dalhousie University, and a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at the University of Calgary. She has spent her entire academic career at the University of Alberta, where she recently became Director of the Division of Cardiology.

Dr Graham’s primary research interests are varied and include perioperative medicine, cardiac care in the elderly, women’s health, and access to care. She currently holds funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Alberta Innovates/Health Solutions and has over 150 peer review articles to date. She has been an Associate Editor at the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, and is Editor-in-Chief at CJC Open. She is also President of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.

Dr. Gavin Oudit

Dr. Gavin Oudit is a Professor, Staff Cardiologist and Clinician-Scientist at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, University of Alberta. His clinical and research activity focuses on heart failure, cardiomyopathies and COVID-19/Long COVID. He currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Heart Failure, Director of the Heart Function and Cardiomyopathy Clinics and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Janek Senaratne

Janek Senaratne is a dual-trained Cardiologist and Intensivist that works at the University of Alberta Hospital and Grey Nuns Hospital and is also one of the Vital Heart Response physicians for the province. He is also the Director of Simulation for the Department of Critical Care Medicine, the Fellowship Director for the Critical Care Cardiology Fellowship, and the Associate Program Director for the Cardiology Residency Program and is actively involved as a Clinical Trialist.

Dr. Deirdre O'Neill

Deirdre O’Neill is a cardiologist practicing out of the University of Alberta Hospital, Mazankowski Heart Institute. Originally from Nova Scotia, Deirdre completed her medical school training, internal medicine training and cardiology fellowship at the University of Alberta, where she began to develop an interest in the geriatric population and the personalized approach required to treat these vulnerable patients, in an often research-void area. She also developed an interest in end-of-life care, seeing it as an area where cardiac care could be greatly improved upon.

She therefore uprooted her family and moved to Pittsburgh to complete a formal geriatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center under the expertise of dual trained cardiologist and geriatrician, Dr. Daniel Forman, with additional training in palliative care cardiology. Deirdre then returned to the University of Alberta Hospital where she is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of cardiology, the course coordinator and head of the cardiology block in year 1 of medical school at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine, assistant program director to the new palliative medicine residency program, as well as the adult cardiology program, and director of the cardiopulmonary testing laboratory. Her research interests are in frailty and risk stratification of older adults for cardiovascular interventions, as well as quality improvement for older adults admitted to cardiology.

Dr. Jonathan Windram

Dr. Jonathan Windram is an Adult Congenital and Cardio-Obstetric Cardiologist at the Mazankowski Heart Institute, and an associate professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta. He also specializes in cardiac Imaging having trained in both Echocardiography and Cardiac MRI and is the co-director of ABACUS cardiovascular research centre. He is a co-director of the Maternal Heart Health clinic and was the lead co-author in the 2021 CCS position statement on the care of the pregnant woman with heart disease. He is also heavily involved in medical education being the editor of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Centre, the co-chair of education for the International Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease and the lead for education for CACHNET.

Dr. Evan Martow

Dr. Evan Martow completed his undergraduate medical degree at McGill University, Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at the University of Alberta and MAzankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Masters of Health Administration at the University of British Columbia, and a Fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He joined the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute as an attending cardiologist in 2022, where he specializes in complex ablation and conduction system pacing.

Dr. Jeevan Nagendran

Dr. Jeevan Nagendran was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Upon attaining an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering followed by a Doctor of Medicine, Dr. Jeevan Nagendran completed his postgraduate cardiac surgery residency training at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. During his time as a resident in cardiac surgery, he also completed a PhD in Experimental Medicine through the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada via the Clinical Investigator Program. Following residency training, Dr. Jeevan Nagendran completed fellowship training at Western University.

His fellowship experience at Western was focused on minimally invasive cardiac surgery and aortic surgery. This included endoscopic/robotic techniques, transcatheter valve implantation and open surgery for thoracic aortic pathology. Jeevan is an active researcher and has investigated minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery, cardiac metabolism, the immune regulation of structural heart valve disease, experimental transcatheter technology and complex aortic reconstruction. He has active grants for his basic science research lab. He is currently practicing as a consultant cardiac surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and University of Alberta.

Lynora Saxinger, CTropMed, MD, FRCPC

Lynora Saxinger, CTropMed, MD, FRCPC, is an Infectious Diseases specialist whose clinical practice includes hospital-based infectious diseases, HIV, and Travel and Tropical Medicine. Academically she has focused on optimized antibiotic use, antibiotic resistance, evidence synthesis for COVID-19, and knowledge translation and science communication to the public. She is completing a fellowship in Journalism and Health Impact and has been a content expert commentator and advisor to major media outlets, with public social media commentary as @AntibioticDoc on X-Twitter. Before and during the pandemic she consulted for Health Canada, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, and is currently a Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta.

Dr Lindsey Carter

Dr Lindsey Carter is an advanced heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplant cardiologist practicing at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. She is the team lead for the cardiogenic shock team and fellowship director for the advanced heart failure, MCS and heart transplant program at the University of Alberta. Her area of interest include outpatient heart failure management, inherited cardiomyopathies, cardiogenic shock management, ventricular assist devices and cardiac transplant.