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Former President Barack Obama to Speak at CRT 2018

Celebrating Four Decades of PCI Innovation

In early March, the annual conference Cardiovascular Research Technologies: Impact Your Practice takes on a celebratory tone in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the advent of percutaneous coronary intervention—and the dramatic effect this innovation has had on cardiology.

“The meeting will pay homage to the rapid expansion of percutaneous treatment options for previously untreatable cardiac disorders and disorders for which surgery was once the only option,” says Ron Waksman, MD, CRT course chair- man and director of MedStar Health Cardiovascular Research.


The meeting features its popular boutique style with á la carte offerings in six tracks: Coronary; CRT Valve and Structural Heart; CRT Endovascular; Technology and Innovation; Atherosclerosis and Research; and Nurses and Technologists.

The conference, March 3 to 6 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., is expected to draw its largest crowd yet. “We expect 3,000 attendees—a diverse international mix of physicians, fellows, nurses and allied health professionals, regulators, and industry reps,” Dr. Waksman says. “It’s a chance to sit at the table together, network and share ideas.”


On Monday evening, March 5, President Barack Obama will deliver the Keynote Address. “I’m proud to say that President Obama is the third former President to address a CRT conference. We’re especially excited to have President Obama with us and anticipate a timely look back at his time in office and a look ahead at the future of health care in the U.S.,” Dr. Waksman adds.


With a faculty of 500, the meeting offers a rich curriculum with some special highlights. It includes a look at the growth of percutaneous interventions for structural heart disease and an update on current research in aortic, mitral and tricuspid valve replacement. In addition, panelists will review the growing momentum in research to test the use of new devices in the treatment of peripheral artery disease.

One panel of experts will look at the current scope of knowledge in the prevention of atherosclerosis—and another examines the ins-and-outs of social media as an effective way to disseminate information.

The Women in Interventional Cardiology Symposium returns with some unique features, including a live case presentation from Mt. Sinai Hospital with a female patient and all-female medical team. This is one of six live case presentations that will be featured from medical centers across the U.S. and abroad.

The Women and Heart Disease Luncheon—now in its 10th year—highlights the importance of fitness to disease preven- tion with Keynote Speaker Dolvett Quince, well-known fitness expert and former trainer for The Biggest Loser.

At the Sunday evening symposium hosted by the Association of Black Cardiologists, former Congresswoman Donna Edwards draws on her personal experience to address Disparities and Closing the Gap. An accomplished legislator who was diagnosed with MS in 2016, Edwards gives a first- hand look at health disparities—and at ways to close the racial divide in care.


Three sessions held in conjunction with the FDA are devoted to the intersection of technological innovation and regulation. The Town Hall returns featuring two keynoters: Peter Fitzgerald, MD, PhD, of Stanford University, Director of Cardiovascular Innovation; and Michael Mahoney,

President and CEO of Boston Scientific.

Another FDA-focused session highlights the differences between the U.S. and Japan, and a third session focuses on regulation of the newest structural heart disease devices.

The Young Leadership Recognition Program will acknowledge clinical and academic excellence in physicians practicing interventional cardiology. And once again, the Best in Innovation awards will recognize the most ingenious inventions, innovations, and therapies.

“Finally, in a continued effort to support the next generation of cardiovascular specialists, we are hosting a seminar to provide fellows with tips on finding a position following their training,” Dr. Waksman adds.

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