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Dr. Walter M. Booker, Sr. Memorial Symposium
Heart Failure Epidemics
Imperatives for Elimination of CVD Disparities
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Release/Start Date:
Nov 15 2014
Expiration Date:
Nov 15 2014
Target Audience:
Cardiovascular Specialists and Primary Care Providers
live course
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3.5 AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)

There is no registration fee for this CME conference that begins at 8:00 AM on November 15, 2014.

November 15, 2014
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Avenue (Driveway Entrance on 541 North Rush Street)
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 836-0100

ABC has reserved a sleeping room rate of $249 per night plus tax at the Chicago Downtown Marriott. To reserve your room at this rate call Kimberly Copland (212) 661-2215 or  A deposit for the first two (2) nights is required. The ABC block closes on November 8th.

Valet parking and off site self-parking is available at the hotel for a daily rate. Daily rate for self-parking is $28.

ABC encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its educational programs and activities.  Persons needing any type of accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided are instructed to contact ABC in advance of the conference.

Target Audience
This conference is intended for cardiovascular specialists, internists, family physicians, hospitalists, cardiovascular and critical care nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, fellows and residents and other health care professionals interested in the care of patients with or at risk for cardiovascular diseases.

Statement of Need and Program Description
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death worldwide, and recognizing patients at risk is essential to early interventions and decreased morbidity and mortality.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other data sources, despite great improvements in the overall health of the nation, health disparities remain widespread among members of racial and ethnic minority populations.  Structural inequalities—from disparities in education and health care to the vicious cycle of poverty–still pose enormous hurdles for black communities across America. The health disparities between African Americans and other racial groups are striking and are apparent in life expectancy, death rates, infant mortality, and other measures of health status. Every year, heart disease takes the lives of over half a million Americans, and it remains the leading cause of death in the United States. African Americans have the largest age-adjusted death rates due to heart disease and stroke.

A key strategy to addressing heart disease and stroke is through education.  Thus, the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. (ABC) sponsors its annual scientific sessions and other educational programs to enhance knowledge about interventions in cardiovascular disease prevention and management; explore health policies, new and emerging clinical guidelines, quality initiatives and best practices; and provide opportunities for information exchange and networking among diverse health care professionals.  The major theme for the Dr. Walter M. Booker, Sr. Memorial Symposium will focus on “heart failure epidemics and imperatives for elimination of cardiovascular disease disparities.”  This program includes lectures presented by experts in the field combined with interactive discussions.  Topics include important clinical trial updates, implications of the guidelines for management of hypertension, and model interventions for reducing disparities, including “Get With the Guidelines for Heart Failure” and “Hip Hop Stroke”—a multigenerational CV health education and risk reduction program.

This half-day continuing medical education program has been designed to impact patient care by fulfilling the educational needs and practice gaps of the physician attendees and incorporating multiple desired physician attributes. The needs of the attendees were assessed through an extensive review process of previous course evaluations, needs assessment, and follow-up surveys. The resulting scientific program represents a worldwide overview and hybrid approach to important issues facing practicing physicians who are involved with the care and treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease.

To reach this goal we have recruited a faculty of well-known thought leaders and experienced teachers who, as clinicians themselves, understand the challenges you face every day as a primary care provider. Our faculty will be at your disposal to provide evidence-based science, current treatment guidelines, discuss challenging cases, and provide answers for you that can ultimately lead to better health care for your patients. Please join us and become an active participant in this one-day learning community of your peers. We will invite you to engage with our faculty and share your ideas, skills, and tools to help your patients.

In planning this CME activity, ABC performed a needs assessment. A literature search was conducted, national guidelines were reviewed, survey data was analyzed, and experts in each therapeutic area were consulted to determine gaps in practitioner knowledge, competence or performance.

Learning objectives (see below), linked to identified gaps, were developed and will be addressed by each presenter. This multi-topic program will utilize a variety of educational techniques incorporating the various aspects of adult learning principles.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:
  1. Apply information obtained from recent clinical trials toward prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart failure
  2. Implement recent guidelines for the management of heart failure and hypertension with special consideration for high risk populations
  3. Discuss race and gender differences in transplantation/LV assist devices
  4. Incorporate model intervention programs in the management of heart, valve and vascular conditions in multi-ethnic populations
8:00 -8:30 
  Continental Breakfast and Registration 
8:30 - 8:35

Welcome Remarks—Icilma Fergus, MD, Association of Black Cardiologists, President; Mark Creager, MD, American Heart Association President-Elect; and Anne Taylor, MD, Program Co-Chair

Session I

 Clinical Trial Updates


The Paradigm Trial—Clyde W. Yancy, MD


The TOPCAT Trial—Eldrin Lewis, MD, MPH

9:25-9:50   The BLOCK HF Trial—Walter Clair, MD, MPH



Panel Discussion

Session II

Dr. Herbert W. Nickens Memorial Lectures—Introduced by Robert Gillespie, MD


Heart Failure Risk Reduction: Implications of the Hypertension Guideline "Chaos" for African American Patients—Jackson T. Wright, MD, Ph.D.

10:30-10:35   Q & A
10:35-10:50   Break

Race and Gender Differences in Transplantation/LV Assist Devices —Alanna Morris, MD

11:15-11:25   Panel Discussion
Session III

Interventions to Reduce Disparities—Moderated by Henry Okafor, MD


The Impact of Getting with the Guidelines on Disparities in Heart Failure—Gregg Fonarow, MD


Hip Hop Stroke: A Model for Multi-generational CV Health Education and Risk Reduction—Olajide Williams, MD

11:50-12:30   Panel Discussion
12:30   Closing Remarks—The Chairpersons

Buffet Lunch and Non-Accredited Educational Program

Advances in Diversifying Clinical Trials

ABC Organizational Update (Open to All) 

THE FACULTY—Sessions I, II and III
Anne L. Taylor, MD, Program Co-Chair
John Lindenbaum Professor of Medicine at CUMC
SVP for Faculty Affairs and Career Development
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Columbia University Medical Center
College of Physicians and Surgeons

Henry E. Okafor, MD, Program Co-Chair
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical College
Director of Vanderbilt-Meharry Cardiology
Chief of Cardiology
Nashville General Hospital@Meharry

Walter Clair, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Gregg Fonarow, MD
Professor of Medicine
UCLA Division of Cardiology
The Eliot Corday Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and Science
Director, Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center
Co-Chief of Clinical Cardiology
UCLA Division of Cardiology 

Eldrin Lewis, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Heart Failure Specialist
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Alanna Morris, MD
Assistant Professor, Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant
Emory University School of Medicine
Director of Heart Failure Services
Atlanta VA Medical Center 

Olajide Williams, MD
Chief of Staff of Neurology
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology
Director, Acute Stroke Services
Stroke Division
Columbia University Medical Center  

Jackson T. Wright, MD, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine and Program Director
William T. Dahms, MD Clinical Research Unit
Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative
Case Western Reserve University
Director, Clinical Hypertension Program
University Hospitals Case Medical Center 

Clyde W. Yancy, MD
Magerstadt Professor of Medicine
Professor of Medical Social Sciences
Chief, Division of Cardiology, Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine and Associate Director
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Sponsored and Certified By
Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc.
Accreditation Designation Statement
The Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Faculty Disclosure Policy
The Association of Black Cardiologists is committed to providing educational activities that are objective, balanced and free of bias. The ABC has established policies that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Anyone engaged in content development, planning or presentation of an educational activity are expected to disclose to the audience, verbally or in writing, any commercial relationships that might be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentations, and unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs and devices. Detailed disclosures will be made verbally and/or available in writing during the program.
Commercial Support
There is no commercial support for this activity.