Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Women’s Heart Health Conference

Due to the current concerns with regards to the spread of COVID-19, we are cancelling the Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Women's Heart Health conference on May 1-2, 2020. We have already reserved the dates of April 23-24, 2021 and hope you will be able to join us next year. For those who have already registered, we will be reaching out to you individually to provide a refund. We apologize for the inconvenience.

May 1-2, 2020

Day 1

Texas Children’s Hospital – Legacy Tower
6651 Main Street, Floor 16 (Taussig Auditorium)
Houston, TX 77030

Day 2

Texas Children’s Hospital – Pavilion for Women
6651 Main Street, Floor 4 (Conference rooms D-F)
Houston, TX 77030

This CME/CNE conference focuses on educating health care providers who care for patients with adult congenital heart disease and women with cardiac disease and to discuss new strategies for care. The talks are formatted to provide high yield information in short time increments (20 minutes) to enhance the baseline knowledge of the participant.

The first day focuses on adults with adult congenital heart disease and the second day focuses on women with cardiac disease and their management during and outside of pregnancy. Our speakers are highly specialized in their areas of expertise and are coming from local sites, from across the United States, and from across the globe and will be providing a wealth of information on numerous topics as detailed in the agenda below.

This conference will take place in our new state-of-the-art Heart Center in Legacy Tower at the Texas Children's Pavilion for Women in Houston, Texas and will feature a reception for participants and speakers at the end of the first day.

CME and CNE credits will be available.


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Friday, May 1, 2020

9:00 a.m. – Cardiac Care in 2020: Thinking Outside of the Box  - Peter Ermis, MD

9:20 a.m. – Case #1 – The Fontan Patient – Complexities in Single Ventricle Physiology

            Discussants: Cardiology, Electrophysiology cardiologist, Critical Care, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Anesthesia, Cardiac intervention

10:20 a.m. – Break

10:35 a.m. – Case #2 – Transposition of the Great Arteries – Where Left is Not Always Right

            Discussants: Cardiology, Electrophysiology cardiologist, Cardiac intervention, Cardiac imaging, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Nursing

11:35 a.m. – Lunch

12:25 p.m. – Case #3 – Updates in Tetralogy of Fallot

            Discussants: Cardiology, Electrophysiology cardiologist, Cardiac intervention, Cardiac imaging, Cardiothoracic surgery, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Nursing

1:25 p.m. – Break

1:40 p.m. – Keynote: Lessons Learned from Business: Thoughts for Healthcare Providers – Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale

2:30 p.m. – Break

2:45 p.m. – Case #4 – Cardiomyopathy

Discussants: Cardiology, Heart failure specialist, Cardiac intervention, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Nursing

3:45 p.m. – Break

4:00 p.m. – Case #5 – Valve Disease

Discussants: Cardiology, Critical Care, Cardiac intervention, Cardiothoracic surgery, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Nursing

5:00 p.m. – Adjourn

Saturday May 2, 2020

Track 1: Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Track 2: Women’s Heart Health

Track 3: Patients and Families

8:00 a.m.  – Session 1 –

Track 1: Innovations in ACHD

  1. Electrophysiology – Wilson Lam, MD
  2. Genetics – Siddharth Prakash, MD
  3. Interventional Cath – Dhaval Parekh, MD

Track 2: Keynote: Maternal Mortality

  1. Introduction – Michael Belfort, MD
  2. Preventing Maternal Mortality & Addressing Acquired Heart Disease – Lisa Hollier, MD

Track 3: Expectations for CHD as an Adult

  1. General ACHD Issues and Care – Pankaj Madan, MD
  2. Cath – Athar Qureshi, MD
  3. Surgical – Edward Hickey, MD

9:15 a.m. – Break

9:30 a.m. – Session 2 –

Track 1: The Adult Fontan Patient

  1. Modern Medical Management – Benjamin Frischhertz, MD
  2. The Failing Fontan: Beyond Medical Management – Anitha John, MD, PhD
  3. Non-Cardiac Issues in the Adult Fontan Patient – Fred Wu, MD

Track 2: Fetal/Neonatal Maternal Interventions

  1. Avoiding Single Ventricle in Utero – Wayne Tworetzky, MD
  2. History of CHD Repair & Where We Are Today – Edward Hickey, MD
  3. CAD/MI – Cardiac Interventions during Pregnancy – Dhaval Parekh, MD

Track 3: Wellness

  1. Mental Wellness – Katherine Cutitta, PhD
  2. Physical Activity & Exercise – Mallory Gahm, NP
  3. Nutrition – Sharon Smalling, RD

10:45 a.m. – Break

11:00 a.m. – Session 3 –

Track 1: What Not to Miss

  1. Undiagnosed Congenital Heart Disease – Marc Cribbs, MD
  2. Simple Congenital Heart Disease – Anitra Romfh, MD
  3. Complex Congenital Heart Disease – Scott Pilgrim, MD

Track 2: The Cardiac Evaluation

  1. Echo vs CT vs MRI: What to Order & When? – Shivani Aggarwal, MBBS
  2. Listen to the Heart. Notable Finding on Cardiac Exam – Wayne Franklin, MD
  3. OB/GYN Role in Women’s Heart Health – Mark Turrentine, MD

Track 3: Women’s Health

  1. Family Planning – Anitra Beasley, MD
  2. Infertility – Sara Arian, MD
  3. Preconception Counseling – Angeline Opina Gonzalez, MD
  4. Pregnant with CHD – Amir Shamshirsaz, MD

12:15 p.m. – Lunch

1:15 p.m. – Session 4 –

Track 1: Logistics in Delivering ACHD Care

  1. The Current ACHD Provider Landscape – Curt Daniels, MD
  2. Delivering ACHD Care over a Large Geographic Area – Joseph Kay, MD
  3. Transition – Keila Lopez, MD

Track 2: Critical Care Management

  1. Aortopathy & Pregnancy – Shaine Morris, MD
  2. Pregnant & Postpartum Patient in the ICU – Mary Tolcher, MD
  3. Innovative Point of Care Tools in the ICU – David Muigai, MBChB

Track 3: Real World Issues

  1. Life Resources – Renee Bays, LMSW
  2. Future Planning / Advance Directives – TBD
  3. Advocacy / Involvement – Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA)

2:30 p.m. – Break

2:45 p.m. – Session 5 –

Track 1: Updates in ACHD

  1. What New Labs Make a Difference in Routine Practice? – Alexander Opotowsky, MD
  2. Imaging – Beth Brickner, MD
  3. Surgery – Edward Hickey, MD

Track 2: Cardiac Disease Before & After Pregnancy

  1. Future CV Effects of Pregnancy Complications – Amir Shamshirsaz, MD
  2. Preconception Counseling – Angeline Opina Gonzalez, MD
  3. Contraception – Anitra Beasley, MD

Track 3: Perspectives

  1. Patient – Younger & Older Adult – TBD
  2. Adult Family – Spouse, Parents – TBD
  3. Kids – TBD

4:00 p.m. – Adjourn

Cost per Day

Physician providers = $125
Advanced practice providers, nurses, sonographers, other = $75
Students, trainees (residents, fellows, etc) = $25
International Physician= $75
Patient/Family= $25

Cost Both Days

Physician providers = $200
Advanced practice providers, nurses, sonographers, other = $120
Students, trainees (residents, fellows, etc) = $40
International Physician= $120
Patient/Family= $40


Parking is available in the Texas Children’s parking garage. Unfortunately, we are unable to validate parking.

  • Self-parking is $12/day and Valet is $13/day.
  • Valet parking is available at the main entrance of the Pavilion for Women at 6651 Main St. Houston, Texas 77030.
  • Coming from Main Street? Look for TMC parking Garage 21 signs.
  • Coming from Fannin? Look for TMC entrance 9 or Garage 21 signs for parking.

From the parking garage, take the elevators to the 3rd Floor and follow the directional signage to get to the Legacy Tower (Day 1) or Pavilion for Women (Day 2).

You may wish to bring a sweater or light jacket, as the temperature in the rooms can vary.


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Continuing Education


Texas Children’s Hospital is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Texas Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Texas Children's Hospital is an approved provider with commendation of nursing continuing professional development by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver with distinction, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Texas Children’s Hospital provides up to 13.0 contact hours for successful completion of this educational activity.