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Program Overview

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the young is a rare but devastating event that affects families and communities. Anomalous aortic origin of coronary artery (AAOCA) is the second leading cause of SCD in young athletes. The absolute risk is unknown, thus controversy exists regarding patient evaluation and management, also true for patients with myocardial bridges (MB). Moreover, exercise activity is controversial upon such diagnoses. Modes of imaging and functional myocardial assessment remain controversial. Kawasaki disease can also be devastating given potential coronary artery involvement, and evaluation and management is controversial in young patients.

This Symposium is designed to provide a dedicated forum to discuss the diagnosis and management of patients with coronary artery anomalies (CAA).

Topics will include anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA), Kawasaki disease, and myocardial bridges.

Target Audience

Physicians (cardiologists, radiologists, cardiac surgeons, intensivists), advanced practice providers, trainees, nurses from diverse levels of practice: academic and private, hospital and office based, local and national.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of the activity, participants should be able to:

  • Increase awareness of the challenges in the diagnosis and management of patients with anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA), the second leading cause of sudden cardiac death in the US.

  • Identify AAOCA and myocardial bridges (MB) by utilizing the appropriate advanced imaging technique.
  • Identify risk factors of AAOCA that might indicate surgical intervention.
  • Identify and implement strategies for exercise/sports activity recommendation in patients with AAOCA.
  • Identify coronary lesions at risk for coronary ischemia and implement therapeutic strategies.

Educational Methods

Lecture, Panel Discussion, Audience Response System, Case Study, and Question and Answer


Evaluation by questionnaire will address program content, presentation, and possible bias.

Accreditation/Credit Designation

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Program Faculty

Program Directors
Julie A. Brothers, MD | Pediatric Cardiologist and Director of the Lipid Heart Clinic | Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Carlos M. Mery, MD, MPH | Congenital Heart Surgeon | Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
Silvana Molossi, MD, PhD | Pediatric Cardiologist and Associate Chief of Cardiology, Medical Director, Coronary Anomalies Program | Texas Children's Hospital
Stephen M. Paridon, MD | Pediatric Cardiologist and Director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory | Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Invited Faculty
Carolyn A. Altman, MD | Pediatric Cardiologist and Associate Director, Non-Invasive Imaging & Fetal Cardiology | Texas Children's Hospital
Christopher A. Caldarone, MD | Chief of Congenital Heart Surgery and Co-Director of the Texas Children's Heart Center | Texas Children's Hospital
Marshall L. Jacobs, MD | Director, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Outcomes Research | Johns Hopkins Medicine
Henri Justino, MD | Director, Charles E. Mullins Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories | Texas Children's Hospital
Rajesh Krishnamurthy, MD | Chief of the Department of Radiology | Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Benjamin D. Levine, MD | Professor of Internal Medicine/Cardiology and Distinguished Professor of Exercise Sciences | The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
E. Dean McKenzie, MD | Texas Children's Hospital
Richard D. Mainwaring, MD | Clinical Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery | Stanford Health Care
Prakash M. Masand, MD | Division Chief, Cardiac Imaging | Texas Children's Hospital
Jane Newburger, MD, MPH | Associate Cardiologist-in-Chief, Academic Affairs; Director, Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program; Director, Kawasaki Program | Boston Children's Hospital
Cory V. Noel, MD | Pediatric Cardiologist, Medical Director of MRI | Texas Children's Hospital
Daniel J. Penny, MD, PhD, MHA | Chief of Pediatric Cardiology and Co-Director of the Texas Children's Heart Center | Texas Children's Hospital
Athar M. Qureshi, MD | Pediatric Cardiologist | Texas Children's Hospital
Ian S. Rogers, MD | Cardiologist, Adult congenital heart disease | Stanford Health Care
S. Kristen Sexson-Tejtel, MD | Pediatric Cardiologist | Texas Children's Hospital
Keri M. Shaffer, MD | Pediatric Cardiologist | Boston Children's Hospital
Shubhika Srivastava, MD | Cardiologist | Mount Sinai
Poonam Thankavel, MD | Pediatric Cardiologist | The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Paul D. Thompson, MD | Chief, Cardiology, Co-Physician in Chief | Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute, UConn Health

Provided by

Baylor College of MedicineTexas Children's Hospital Heart Center & Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Cardiac Center