2018 CardioVascular Symposium

Southern Arizona's Premier Professional Education Conference on Cardiovascular Disease

Keynote Speakers: Jason Johanning, M.D., and Natzi Sakalihasan, M.D., Ph.D.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
7 a.m. - Registration and Exhibits
8 a.m. -  5 p.m. Presentations

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
3800 E. Sunrise Drive

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Who should attend

Primary Care Physicians, Hospitalists, Emergency Department Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, RNs, Rad Techs, Echo Techs and Allied Health Professionals

In addition to timely presentations by community cardiovascular specialists, we are honored to present the following keynotes:


Cardio Keynote Presentation:
Risk Analysis Index for Measuring Frailty in Surgical Populations

Growing consensus suggests that frailty-associated risks should inform shared surgical decision-making. However, it is not clear how best to screen for frailty in preoperative surgical populations.  -- Jason Johanning, M.D.

Dr. Jason Johanning is professor of surgery at the University of Nebraska. He is a vascular surgeon and has a keen interest in frailty and outcomes in surgical patients. He earned his undergraduate degree in psychology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and doctor of medicine at the University of Kansas Medical School. He completed a general surgery residency at Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals, and a vascular surgery fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. His research and quality interests include peripheral arterial disease, frailty and palliative care, and he has published more than 50 articles related to health care. His current focus is improving the quality of end-of-life surgical care for patients, families, providers and hospital systems.


Vascular Keynote Presentation:
Can Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Rupture Be Predicted by Aortic MRI?

Rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm is the 13th leading cause of death in Western society. Moreover, AAA is generally asymptomatic, so precise prediction of AAA rupture risk is essential. -- Natzi Sakalihasan, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Natzi Sakalihasan is clinical professor, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital of Liège, and director, Experimental Research Center of the Cardiovascular Surgery Department, GIGA Cardiovascular Science Unit, University of Liège, Belgium. He received his medical school diploma from Cerrahpasa medical school of the University of Istanbul and its equivalence from the University of Liège. From 1986 up to date, Dr. Sakalihasan is a cardiovascular surgeon in the department of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the University Hospital of Liège. He defended his doctoral and his aggregation thesis on aortic aneurysms in 1994 and 2005, respectively. Professor Sakalihasan has authored or coauthored about 90 scientific papers, including about 50 papers on abdominal aortic aneurysms. His research focuses on all aspects of an abdominal aortic aneurysm and functional imaging of aortic diseases.

Agenda - Check back for more information as the agenda is finalized

Morning Walk/Run

Join us at 6 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, for this short run/walk around La Paloma. FREE to symposium participants. Lockers and showers at the Westin Workout Room near the Red Door Spa.


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Conference Fees

  Early Bird*  


   At the Door   

Physicians     $100     $125     $150
NP, PA     $ 85     $110     $125
RN, ASRT, Allied Health, Students        $ 65     $ 90     $105
TMC Employees     $ 50     $ 75     $  85
Morning Run/Walk FREE

*Early-bird ends Sept. 21, 2018.

Conference registration includes continental breakfast, heart healthy lunch, breaks and all materials. 

Questions Please email:

Pay by check: Make check payable to THMEP. Include the name of the event, attendee name, email, contact phone and address on the check. Mail to:

THMEP, CardioVascular Symposium
PO Box 42195
Tucson, AZ 85712

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Registration Terms and Conditions:

• Substitute registrants will be honored.
• Refunds: Registration fee (less a 10% handling fee) will be issued within 7 days of written request for refund. Cancellations or no-shows after Oct. 13, 2018, are not eligible for a refund.
• One person per registration is allowed. Registrations cannot be split among multiple people.
• For reasons beyond our control, it is occasionally necessary to alter the content and timing of the program or to substitute speakers. Thus, the speakers and agenda are subject to change without notice. In the event of a speaker cancellation, every effort will be made to find a replacement speaker.

Symposium Directors and Event Coordinators:

Directors: Luis Leon, M.D., and Gulshan Sethi, M.D.

Planning Coordinators: Anita Bach, RT (R), RCIS, MHA, TMC Service Line Administrator for CardioVascular and Imaging Services, and Roxanne Lee, RN, BSN,TMC Manager, Cath Lab/Pre-Post/CNIS & CNS

Enhanced Learning Opportunity:

TMC Interactive Arterial & Vascular Ultrasound Imaging Course 2018

Thursday, October 18 – Friday, October 19
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Atrium Buyilding, Classrooms Kino A and B
5099 E. Grant Raod
Tucson, Arizona 85712