March 4, 2021

Course Description:

The field of Cardiology is rapidly evolving in all of its subspecialty areas. Technology is changing equally fast, as well as the increased need for whole person care consideration. A multi-provider approach to meet the clinical needs of the patient is as paramount as addressing the psychological needs. Both are critical factors in increasing patient outcomes. This particular conference will highlight information and updates essential for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, and anyone in the clinical cardiology field including support groups. Dr. Mamas Mamas will speak regarding cardiac care during the pandemic.  Guest speakers Mirvat Alasnag, MD, Danielle Belardo, MD, Pradeep Natarajan, MD and Mehdi Shishehbor, DO will cover essential topics for all cardiac providers as well. 

The objective of this course is to present attendees with state-of-the-art updates in every aspect of cardiac care, from initial diagnoses to mental health support in navigating this often-critical diagnoses. This Summit will present well-rounded and in-depth information on advancements in cardiology.  Focused topics will include advances in tele-medicine, lipid-lowering therapies, updated information on inflammation and coronary artery disease, new drug treatments, cardiac rehab updates, cardio-oncology advances, and exercise/diet recommendations for cardiac patients in following a whole-person care approach to mind, body and mental well-being. Additional information and education specific to updates in cardiology subspecialties will is also provided.


By the end of this conference, the attendee will be able to:

  • Review  the trends and changes in delivery of cardiovascular care during the pandemic.
  • Discuss the increased need for whole person care towards providing optimal clinical and mental well-being outcomes.
  • Recognize the role of new drug therapies including SGLT2 inhibitors for treatment of cardiometabolic syndrome.
  • Discuss new lipid-lowering therapies for cardiac disease prevention.
  • Identify the role of inflammation in coronary artery disease and discuss new medications targeting these pathways.
  • Discuss the benefits of a plant-based diet for cardiac patients.
  • Determine the role of cardiac rehab for cardiovascular disease.
  • Define cardio-oncology and elaborate on the important aspects of the topic its role.
  • Review and appreciate the latest updates in:

              a. Interventional Cardiology
              b. Electrophysiology
              c. Cardiovascular Imaging
              d. Heart Failure
              e. Vascular Medicine



8:00 am Welcome and Introduction Anthony Hilliard, MD, FACC

8:05 am

Cardiovascular Care During the Pandemic

Mamas Mamas, BM, BCh MA, DPhil, MRCP

8:35 am

SGLT2i for Cardio-Metabolic Syndrome Dmitry Abramov, MD
9:05 am New Lipid Lowering Therapies for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Nirav Mamdani, MD, MBA 
9:35 am Inflammation and Coronary Artery Disease Mirvat Alasnag, MD, FSCAI 

10:05 am

Whole Food Plant Based Diet and Cardiovascular Health Danielle Belardo, MD
10:35 am  BREAK   
10:50 am Cardiac Rehabilitation for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease

Pradeep Natarajan, MD, MMSc

11:20 am Cardio-oncology 101 for the General Cardiologist Vinisha Garg, MD 
11:50 pm LIVE Roundtable – Question & Answer Session Moderator-Aditya Bharadwaj, MD, FACC
12:15-1:00 pm LUNCH  
1:00 pm Updates in Interventional Cardiology

Aditya Bharadwaj, MD
Islam Abudayyeh, MD, MPH, FACC, FSCAI 

1:45 pm Updates in Electrophysiology Tahmeed Contractor, MD 
Rahul Bhardwaj, MD 
2:30 pm Updates in Cardiovascular Imaging Ramesh Bansal, MD, FACC, FASE 
Purvi Parwani, MD, MPH, FACC 
3:30 pm Updates in Heart Failure Antoine Sakr, MD 
Josh Chung, MD, FACS 
4:15 pm Updates in Vascular Medicine Reza Amini, MD, FACC, FSVM, RPVI 
Mehdi Shishehbor, DO, MPH, PhD
5:00 pm LIVE Roundtable – Question & Answer Session and Closing Remarks Moderator-Aditya Bharadwaj, MD, FACC
5:25 pm Closing Remarks Kenneth R. Jutzy, MD, FACC 


Continuing Education:

Loma Linda University Medical Center, Staff Development is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation and this program meets the qualifications for 7.5 hours continuing education credit by the ANCC.  

Loma Linda University Medical Center Office of Staff Development is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LLUMC Office of Staff Development maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. This event meets the qualifications for 7.5 hours of continuing education credit for psychologists as required by the American Psychological Association. 

Loma Linda University Medical Center, Staff Development is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 00239, this program is approved for 7.5 contact hours. 

Loma Linda University Medical Center, Staff Development is a Continuing Professional Education Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered will receive 7.5 continuing professional education units for completion of this program. 

Loma Linda University Medical Center, Staff Development is recognized as a Continuing Competency Approving Agency by the Physical Therapy Board of California. This program is approved for 7.5 CE credits 

This course meets the qualifications for 7.5 hours of continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, provider #PDP42 

Behavioral Health Professionals reciprocate with APA

Occupational Therapists reciprocate with PDP#42

Respiratory Care Practitioners reciprocate with provider number 00239  

This course is pending approval by the ASRT 

Loma Linda University Medical Center, Staff Development provider #180 is accredited by the California Accreditation of Pharmacy Education(CAPE) as a recognized provider of continuing pharmacy education. Pharmacists completing this course prior to 03/04/2024 may receive  7.5 credits

Loma Linda University Medical Center, Staff Development is a pre-approved provider of CPH recertification credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. This event will earn 7.5 re-certification credits.

Loma Linda University Medical Center, Staff Development is a designated provider of Category I continuing education contract hours for health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. The NCHEC Multiple Event Provider (MEP) number is CA0024. This event will be available for 7.5 CHES credit hours. 

Continuing Medical Education:

The Loma Linda University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Loma Linda University School of Medicine designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Physician & Physician Assistant 95.00
Nurses and Allied Health Professionals 50.00
Students 0.00