Cardiology Millennium Conference Feb. 2

From SwedishAmerican booklet

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, The Heart Hospital at SwedishAmerican will present the 20th Annual Cardiology Millennium Conference, a special one-day conference exploring many of the latest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The conference provides an excellent opportunity for primary care physicians, cardiovascular specialists, nurses, technical staff and social workers to earn CNE, CME, AHRA, LCSW, LCPC and LCC credits.

The conference will be held at Giovanni’s Restaurant and Conference Center, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford. Presentations will be made by area physicians affiliated with The Heart Hospital at SwedishAmerican. The welcome will be given by Bill Gorski, M.D., president and CEO, SwedishAmerican Health System, and John Myers, M.D., Medical Affairs, SwedishAmerican Health System, Cardiology Millennium Conference adviser and moderator.

Guest speakers and topics

Shahab Akhter, M.D., professor & chairman, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will speak about “Surgical Advances in Heart Failure.” Dr. Akhter received his medical degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed his general surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and his cardiothoracic surgery residency at University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He specializes in complex and high-risk cardiac surgery in adults.

Alan S. Brown, M.D., FACC, FAHA, FNLA, chief of Cardiology, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois, will speak about “Lipids, 2014: Changing our Focus on Treatment.” Dr. Brown has been the director of the Prevention Center/Lipid Clinic for Midwest Heart Specialists since its inception in1985. He is a practicing interventional cardiologist as well as a preventative cardiologist. He has been clinical associate professor of medicine and cardiology at Loyola since 1999. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiology and clinical lipidology. He is the director of Besides heading the Division of Cardiology at Advocate Lutheran General in Park Ridge, he has served as governor/president of the Illinois Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and subsequently was elected chairman of the board of governors for the American College of Cardiology in 2004. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association, the National Lipid Association and the American College of Cardiology.

Jeffrey Shuhaiber, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon, SwedishAmerican Medical Group, Rockford, and Andrew Kotis, D.O., interventional cardiologist, AMG/Midwest Heart Specialists at SwedishAmerican, Rockford, will speak on the topic “Aortic Valve Disease: Surgical vs. Medical.”\

Kanwar Singh, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, RPVI, associate professor of medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, Virginia, will speak about “Treating the Target Artery: An Innovative Approach to Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI)”.

Claudius Mahr, D.O., cardiologist and director of Clinical Integration, University of Washington Regional Heart Center; and medical director, Mechanical Circulatory Support, University of Washington, Seattle, will speak on “Live and Let Die: The Dilemma of Advanced Therapy and Palliative Care in End-Stage Heart Disease.”

John Shier, RN, Ph.D., will speak about “To Live a Long Time and Die Healthy.”

Scott Homan, M.D., infectious disease specialist, SwedishAmerican Hospital, Rockford, will address the topic “Infectious Disease/Endocarditis.”

E. Thomas Carey, R.Ph., director of Pharmacy Services, SwedishAmerican Hospital, Rockford, will speak about “Oral Anticoagulants – Where to Which One and Why.”

How to register; deadline Jan. 31

Cost of the conference is $125 for general registration; $99 for retired physicians and nurses, medical residents and APNs; and $25 for nursing/medical students and SwedishAmerican employees. Registration must be received no later than Jan. 31, 2015.

1. To register via the Web: Go to

2. To register via mail: Complete the registration form (call 815-968-2500 to obtain a copy) and mail to SwedishAmerican Health Connect, 2550 Charles St., Rockford, IL 61108.

3. To register via phone: Call HealthConnect at (815) 968-2500 or toll-free at (800) 996-9954.

If paying by check, make payable to SwedishAmerican Health System and return it with completed registration form to: HealthConnect, SwedishAmerican Health System, 2550 Charles St., Rockford, IL 61108.

Posted Jan. 29, 2015

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