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UPMC Children’s Heart Institute Faculty to Present at Sudden Cardiac Arrest In Youth Symposium

February 13, 2020

Faculty members from the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will present at the CME-accredited 2020 Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth Symposium that will be held on April 4, 2020, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The symposium is hosted by The Peyton Walker Foundation and will discuss numerous topics related to sudden cardiac arrest in youth.

Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s presenting faculty include:

Shawn West, MD, MSc

Shawn West, MD, MSc, assistant professor of pediatrics will present on the topic of cardiomyopathies. Dr. West’s lecture will cover the types of cardiomyopathies (CM), risks of CM such as sudden cardiac arrest, outcomes in CM, and the optimal treatment approaches to managing these complex cardiac conditions.

Lee Beerman, MD

Lee Beerman, MD, professor of pediatrics, and director of electrophysiology services and the pediatric arrhythmia program at the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s will present on the topic of primary prevention and discuss screening questionnaires and H&P, and their comparison to ECG screening with a focus on the benefits and risks of ECG.

Other UPMC faculty presenting at the symposium include Chris Zachary, MD, from UPMC Pinnacle who will discuss the role of community cardiology in the prevention of sudden cardiac death, and Sunil Patel, MD, also from UPMC Pinnacle, who will give a lecture on the examples of local screenings and the logistics of incorporating ECG testing into one’s practice and sports physicals.

For completed details and to register for the symposium, please visit