Emergency Cardiology Symposium




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Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Check Out Our April 1, 2016 Conference Recording Click Here



Course Fee: FREE!  
**Includes breakfast.
Location: Westminster Hall at University of Maryland
519 W. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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We recommend parking in the Baltimore Grand Garage 5 N. Paca Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. The Baltimore Grand Garage is located at the corner of N. Paca & W. Baltimore Streets. From N. Paca Street Exit/Entrance of the Garage walk RIGHT half a block and make a LEFT onto W. Fayette Street. Westminster Hall will be on your left. 
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Presented by the University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine.
Sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Baltimore, Maryland




Course Information



"Cardiac arrest!" These two simple words conjure up images in our minds of excitement, drama, life-and-death decisions...and significant debate. It's unlikely that there's any other condition in medicine that has been the source of more research, teaching, and discussion. The treatment of cardiac arrest, after all, is essentially to bring a dead patient back to life, which is certainly the greatest achievement in the practice of medicine! But, despite decades of research and apparent advances in the management of cardiac arrest, we have been continually reminded of our own limits in our ability to reverse death. Nevertheless, our continued efforts at advancing the cause have produced some tangible improvements in the rescue of these patients.

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, some of the leading cardiac arrest experts in the world will convene on our campus to discuss their research, their recommendations, and their protocols for managing these patients in the emergency department. You will not only have an opportunity to meet them and hear their recommendations, but you'll also learn about upcoming advances in the specialty long before they are published. Most importantly, you'll learn which interventions work and which ones don't so that you will be able to employ optimal therapy for your own patients. 


At the conclusion of this symposium, each participant should be able to. . .

1. Describe key basic life support therapies that improve outcomes in victims of cardiac arrest.

2. Describe which advanced life support therapies have been shown to improve outcomes for victims of cardiac arrest.

3. Describe a rational protocol for the treatment of pulseless electrical activity.

4. Identify findings on bedside ultrasound which aid in the management of the peri-arrest patient.

5. Describe the indications for and procedures of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in victims of cardiac arrest.



Printable Version Here

7:45-7:55 am:              Dr. Mattu---welcome, intro

7:55-8:20 am:             Dr. John Field: Cardiac Arrest 2017: How Far We’ve Come!

8:25-8:50 am:              Dr. Michael Winters: Pearls For Running Your Best Code

8:55-9:20 am:             Dr. Sarah Stahmer: Effective Use of Echo in Cardiac Arrest

9:25-9:40 am:              Break

9:40-10:05 am:            Dr. Laszlo Littman: A Rational Approach to PEA

10:10-10:35 am:          Dr. Joshua Reynolds: Optimizing Post-Arrest Care

10:40-11:05 am:          Dr. Zach Shinar: Making ECMO a Reality in the ED

11:10-11:25 am:          Break

11:30-11:55 pm:          Dr. Robert O’Connor: Cardiac Arrest 2017: Where We Are  Going…

12:00-12:45 pm:          Panel Discussion (all speakers)


Cancellation Policy

Due to the popularity of the conference, please let us know no later than March 1, 2017 if you will not be able to attend.


Symposium Director

Amal Mattu, MD

Since joining the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1996, Dr. Amal Mattu has had a passion for teaching and writing about emergency cardiology. His commitment to teaching has earned him more than twenty teaching awards including national awards from the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, and the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine; and local honors including the Teacher of the Year for the University of Maryland at Baltimore campus and the Maryland State Emergency Physician of the Year Award. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences on topics pertaining to emergency cardiology. Dr. Mattu has authored or edited 20 textbooks in emergency medicine, including eight focused on emergency cardiology and electrocardiography. He is also the only emergency physician to serve as primary Guest Editor for Cardiology Clinics, which he has done twice. 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.



Symposium Speakers



Dr. Field is a career emergency cardiovascular care physician. He is Professor of Medicine at Penn State University and is board certified in cardiovascular disease, emergency medicine and critical care medicine. Dr. Field has a long-time teaching and educational history and interest in advanced interdisciplinary cardiovascular care since 1976. He was senior science editor for the American Heart Association's ECC programs and Co-editor of the AHA Guidelines on Emergency Cardiovascular Care and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 2010.




Laszlo Littmann, MD, PhD

Dr. Littmann is Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He has been chief of cardiology at the Department of Internal Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC for almost 20 years. His main interest is clinical electrocardiography, electrophysiology and heart failure. He has a passion for teaching and writing about cardiology and electrocardiography, especially as they relate to the management of critically ill patients. Dr. Littmann has won 15 teaching awards and has published over 250 articles and book chapters; his publications have been cited more than 1,200 times.

Recently, he and his coworkers have worked out a new, simplified and structured teaching tool for the evaluation and management of pulseless electrical activity. This algorithm has gained national attention and has been featured at several symposia in emergency medicine.


Robert E. O'Connor, MD, MPH

Dr. O'Connor, of Charlottesville, VA, is Professor, Chair and Physician-in-Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, VA. He is a graduate of Haverford College and earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in Emergency medicine at Christiana Care in Delaware, and received his master's degree in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. O'Connor has served as principal or co-investigator on over 50 extramural and multi-center funded projects, and has presented more than 400 research papers and lectures at local, national, and international meetings. He has over 150 published manuscripts, has co-authored six books and served as editor-in-chief of three textbooks. He is a past president of the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians (NAEMSP) and advocates for Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He currently serves on American College of Emergency Physicians' (ACEP) Board of Directors, with service as Secretary-Treasurer in 2012, Vice President in 2013, and is the current Chair of the Board.


Joshua Reynolds, MD, MS

Dr. Reynolds is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Reynolds is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Maryland, and then returned to the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education. While in fellowship, he participated in the Pittsburgh Post-Cardiac Arrest Consult Service, a unique clinical service that provides 24/7 attending-level bedside consultation for resuscitated cardiac arrest patients, and follows them to hospital discharge while coordinating multidisciplinary care and rehabilitation services. He joined the faculty at Michigan State University in 2013. Dr. Reynolds' primary research interests are cardiac arrest and post-resuscitation care. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, as well as several book chapters. He is a four-time recipient of the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium's Young Investigator Award, and served as evidence reviewer for both the BLS and ALS Task Forces of the 2015 International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation's consensus on science with treatment recommendations.


Corey M. Slovis, MD, FACEP, FAAEM -- Unfortunately Dr. Slovis could not make it

Dr. Slovis is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine, and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. SLovis has completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine and most recently in Emergency Medical Services. He serves as the Medical Director for Metro Nashville's Fire Department and Nashville International Airport.

Dr. Slovis has received numerous teaching awards including Outstanding Speaker of the Year by the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Hal Jayne Award for Academic Excellence by the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, and the Peter Rosen Award by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine for outstanding contributions in the area of academic leadership. He has been named Medical School Best Clinical Professor seven times, and has been awarded the title Master Clinical Teacher by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In addition to his teaching activities, Dr. Slovis has authored more than 100 peer reviewed medical articles and book chapters and has co-authored or been an editor of 3 books.


Zack Shinar, MD

Dr. Shinar is a leader in the world of cardiac and traumatic resuscitation. He has pioneered the use of ECMO in the emergency department by emergency physicians for cardiac arrest. He co-leads the EDECMO podcast and directs the Reanimate Endovascular Resuscitation Conference. He lives in San Diego, California and trained at the Los Angeles County and University of Southern California.




Sarah Stahmer, MD

Dr. Stahmer is a graduate of Cornell University Medical College and completed her residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital/Cornell. She has been an emergency medicine residency program director for 17 years, building the academic training proagrams at PENN, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/Cooper University Hospital and Duke University Hospital. She was instrumental in integration of ultrasound into the clinical practice of emergency medicine and development of the early training guidelines and educational programs. She lectures extensively on all topics in emergency ultrasound and cardiovascular emergencies and the integration of ultrasound into cardiovascular resuscitation. She is now on the faculty at the University of North Carolina and is the director of Emergency Ultrasound. She has served on the board of directors for CORD and SAEM and an editor for a newly published textbook on Cardiovascular Emergencies. 




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