Wellmont CVA Heart Institute Hosts 8th Annual Cardiovascular Summit To Enhance Care In Region

Cardiologists and surgeons with the nationally recognized Wellmont CVA Heart Institute will share best practices with fellow clinicians on Saturday, Feb. 1, during the 8th annual Cardiovascular Summit.

The event will be held from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center. It will feature presentations from heart institute physicians who have established this region as a benchmark for the best care, as well as new and highly trained physicians in the organization who have brought their skills to the area. Another local physician will also provide her expertise.

The summit attracts cardiologists, primary care physicians, medical residents, physicians completing a cardiac fellowship, other specialists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, cardiovascular technicians and other providers.

"This gathering of medical professionals is a tremendous opportunity to further elevate the quality of care in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia," said Dr. Herb Ladley, a medical doctor who serves as Wellmont Health System's vice president of cardiovascular services and the summit's medical director. "We look forward to hosting this event because patients benefit greatly from the sharing of expertise that occurs at the lectern and in the audience. Everyone is focused on improving lives."

Topics and heart institute physicians on the agenda are:

  • New lipid management guidelines by Dr. John Bertuso, a medical doctor, and physician assistant Sandy McCrary
  • An update on cardiovascular surgery and other benefits of heart surgery by Dr. Neal Carter, an osteopathic surgeon
  • New treatments for pulmonary embolism by Dr. Joseph Foley, a medical doctor
  • Structural heart disease management and an update on transcatheter aortic valve replacements by Dr. Rahul Sakhuja, a medical doctor.
  • Renal denervation in the treatment of drug-resistant hypertension by Dr. Chris Metzger, a medical doctor
  • The modern role of anticoagulation and ablation in management of atrial fibrillation by Dr. James Merrill, a medical doctor

The other physician with a presentation is Dr. Garieann Fish, an osteopathic gastroenterologist with Gastroenterology Associates, who will discuss celiac disease.

Physicians, physician assistants and nurses who attend the summit are eligible to receive continuing medical education credits, which were secured by the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University.

Registration fees vary, but the maximum cost is $50. All prices include breakfast, lunch and continuing medical education credits. To register, please visit www.cardiovascularsummit.net or call 423-439-8027.