Fourth Annual Emergency Cardiology Symposium
Winning at Failure! Modern Management of Acute Heart Failure
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Baltimore, MD 
Proudly presented by the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
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Program Agenda for the Fourth Annual Emergency Cardiology Symposium
Winning at Failure! Managing Patients with Acute Heart Failure
7:45 - 8 a.m.
Welcome & Introduction
Amal Mattu, MD
8 - 8:30 a.m.
From Blue as a Squid to Happy as a Clam:
A Modern Approach to Pulmonary Edema
Alfred Sacchetti, MD
8:35 - 9:05 a.m.
Dispo Dilemmas in Acute Heart Failure
Semhar Tewelde, MD
9:10 - 9:40 a.m.
The Challenge of Managing Hypotensive Heart Failure
Peter DeBlieux, MD
9:40 - 10 a.m.
10:05 - 10:35 a.m.  
Managing the Patient with Pulmonary Hypertension 
and Right Heart Failure in the ED
Susan Wilcox, MD
10:40 - 11:10 a.m.
Understanding and Managing LVAD Complications
in the ED
Anand Gopalsami, MD
11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Managing Patients with Heart Transplants in the ED
Samantha Wood, MD
11:55 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion 
All Speakers

Symposium Director

Amal Mattu, MD
Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Vice Chairman, University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland 
Amal Mattu, MD has had a passion for teaching and writing about emergency cardiology since he joined the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has authored or edited 20 textbooks in emergency medicine, including eight focused on emergency cardiology and electrocardiography. He has also served as primary Guest Editor for Cardiology Clinics three times. He lectures nationally and internationally on emergency cardiology topics and has helped to create conferences focused on this area. Dr. Mattu is currently a tenured Professor, Vice Chair of Education, and Co-Director of the Emergency Cardiology Fellowship for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
2019 Symposium Speakers
Peter DeBlieux, MD
Chief Experience Officer University Medical Center New Orleans
LSUHSC Professor of Clinical Medicine
Tulane University Medical School Clinical Professor of Surgery
Dr. Peter DeBlieux, completed medical school at Louisiana State Health Science Center, completed internship in Internal Medicine LSUHSC Department of Medicine, residency and Chief residency in Emergency Medicine LSUHSC Charity Hospital, completed Pulmonary Critical Care fellowship LSUHSC Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at LSUHSC Charity Hospital.  Former Program Director of the LSUHSC Charity Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency for ten years and former Director of Resident and Faculty Development for ten years.  Appointments with both LSUHSC as Clinical Professor of Medicine and Tulane University Medical School as Clinical Professor of Surgery.  Attending in Emergency Medicine and the Medical Intensive Care Unit of LSUHSC Charity Hospital for over 25 years.  He served as the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Quality and Patient Safety at University Medical Center, New Orleans for three years and is currently the Chief Experience Officer of UMC, New Orleans.
Anand Gopalsami, MD, MBA
Director of ED Medical Education, Cedars-Sinai
Anand Gopalsami, MD,MBA started his career as a health strategy consultant and then obtained his medical and business degrees from Tufts University. He completed his emergency medicine training at The University of Chicago and currently is the Medical Education Director at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Anand has a research interest in ventricular assist devices having published and given talks at multiple national conferences. Other interests include health-system design, payment reform and improving physician-patient communication.
Alfred Sacchetti, MD, FACEP
Chief of Emergency Services, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Sacchetti is the Chief of Emergency Services at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, NJ and Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.  A full time clinician, he is also a dedicated researcher and enthusiastic educator with over 100 journal publications and text book chapters to his credit and more than 500 national and international lectures.  His research interests include:  Emergency Cardiology, Sedation and Analgesia and Pediatric EM. 
Despite his academic and administrative activities, Dr. Sacchetti’s main passion remains patient care.  He continues to work full time in the Emergency Department including weekends and overnight shifts, treating over 4,000 patients annually.  
Semhar Tewelde, MD
Assistant Professor 
Assistant Residency Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Dr. Tewelde currently serves as Assistant Professor & Assistant Residency Program Director in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Her undergraduate medical education began here at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She continued on to post-graduate training in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Upon completion of residency she developed an interest in cardiovascular emergences; this lead to her pursuit of an untraditional fellowship, focused on acute identification & management of cardiovascular crises for emergency physicians. During that time she worked closely with cardiology colleagues and also participated in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Teaching Fellowship, honing her skills in collaborative medicine, academics, and advocacy.  As a junior-faculty member she dedicates her non-clinical time to education and service in various arenas including: School of Medicine, Residency, and Fellowship. She’s published on emergency cardiology topics in both the emergency medicine as well as in cardiology literature. She's been an invited speaker for Maryland ACEP, Resuscitation for Emergency Physicians, Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress (MEMC), and the Dutch North Sea Emergency Medicine Conference. She's directed & served as Instructor of Bedside Echocardiography for courses such as: Cardiovascular-Thoracic Critical Care Conference, Crashing Patient Conference, Heart Course, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Congress. She was recently honored by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) receiving the 2017 Young Educator Award. 
Susan R. Wilcox, MD, FACEP, FCCM
Chief, Division of Critical Care, Dept. of Emergency Medicine
Staff Physician, Heart Center ICU
Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Associate CMO, Boston MedFlight
Susan R. Wilcox, MD, FACEP, FCCM, attended medical school at Washington University School of Medicine and trained in Emergency Medicine in the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency, graduating in 2008. After residency, she completed an Anesthesia Critical Care fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. From 2009 to 2015, she has divided her time between the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Units, including the Surgical ICU at MGH and the multidisciplinary ICU at North Shore Medical Center. In July 2017, she became the Division Chief of Critical Care within the Department of Emergency Medicine at MGH. She divides her clinical time equally between the Emergency Department and the Heart Center ICU. She also serves as the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Boston MedFlight.
Samantha L. Wood, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine 
Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Maine Medical Center
Dr Wood earned her medical degree from Yale University and trained in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Maryland.  She practices Emergency Medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.  Her academic interests include medical education, clinical reasoning, guideline development, and gender in medicine.  She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband and two children.

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