UPMC Physicians and Researchers Present at 2022 American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting

April 14, 2022

Experts from UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh were well-represented during the American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual scientific session from April 2 to April 4. Katie Berlacher, MD, MS, FACC, medical director of the Magee-Womens Heart Program, served as vice chair of the session. She will serve in this role for ACC.23 and ACC.24 and subsequently serve as chair for the ACC.25 and ACC.26 sessions.

During this year’s meeting, physicians and researchers from UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh shared their expertise in a range of cardiovascular conditions including cardiovascular disparities, vascular disease, heart failure, and more. 

The complete list of presentations, workshops, and poster sessions featuring experts from UPMC and University of Pittsburgh includes:

Friday, April 1, 2022:

11a.m. - 6p.m. 

5000. Training Program Directors and Graduate Medical Educators Symposium
Kathryn L. Berlacher, MD

Saturday, April 2, 2022:

8:30 a.m. 

1161 - Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies: Special Populations Digital Presentations
1161-014 / 15 - REDUCED EJECTION FRACTION IN IS AN INDEPENDENT PREDICTOR OF MORTALITY IN WILD TYPE ATTR
Sanghoon Park, Hassan Alhassan, Brent Medoff, Genise Renee Green, Prem Soman, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

1173 - Ischemic Heart Disease: Population Science Digital Presentations
1173-007 / 7 - ASSOCIATION BETWEEN MARIJUANA USE AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
Hassan A. Alhassan, Ato Howard, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Conrad Smith Leadership Council, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

1203 - Vascular Medicine: Venous and Thromboembolic Disease Digital Presentations
1203-003 / 3 - FIBRIN TARGETED PHASE SHIFT MICROBUBBLES FOR THE TREATMENT OF MICROVASCULAR OBSTRUCTION
Soheb Anwar Mohammed, Muhammad Wahab Amjad, Xucai Chen, Maria F. Acosta, Dillon Hanrahan, Evan C. Unger, Emmanuelle J. Meuillet, John J. Pacella, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Microvascular Therapeutics, Tucson, AZ, USA

8:30 - 9:45 a.m. 

604 - Pharmacologic and Lifestyle Management for ISHD: Why Disparities in Care Matter
604-01 - Co-Chair
Amber Elaine Johnson, MD
Pittsburgh, PA

604-05 - What Are the Disparities Related to Lifestyle and Pharmaceuticals? (8:30 - 8:42 a.m.)
Jared Magnani, MD
Pittsburgh, PA

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

1501 - Heart Songs
1501-02 - Heart Songs Moderator (9 a.m. to noon)
John A. Power, MD
Pittsburgh, PA

9 a.m.- noon

1504 - Learn by Doing: Immersive Simulation Experiences in Cardiac-OB, Valvular Disease and Syncope Management
1504-06 - Faculty: Immersive Simulation Experiences
James C. Coons, MD
Pittsburgh, PA

9 - 10 a.m. 

1712 - Best Practices in Parental Leave During Cardiology Fellowship
Kathryn L. Berlacher, MD
Pittsburgh, PA

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 

1261 - Spotlight on Special Topics: Cardio-obstetrics 1

9:45 - 10:30 a.m. 

1261-118 / 118 - ASSESSING THE EFFECT OF A MULTIDISCIPLINARY ENDOCARDITIS TEAM ON OUTCOMES OF ENDOCARDITIS IN PREGNANCY
Kayle Shapero, Varidhi Nauriyal, Christina Megli, Kathryn L. Berlacher, Sami El-Dalati, Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, University of Kentucky Medical Center, KY, USA

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

1274 - Pulmonary Vascular Disease: Basic and Translational Science 2

10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

1274-076 / 76 - POST-GWAS FUNCTIONAL GENOMICS ANALYSIS TO DEFINE PATHOGENIC MECHANISMS OF PULMONARY ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION
Wei Sun, Stephen Chan, The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

10:45 - 11:15 a.m.

6500 - Building Your Educator’s Toolbox: Skills You Need to Have in 2022
6500-06 - Point of Care Teaching: Making it Sticky and Making it Memorable (11:01 - 11:10 a.m.)
Kathryn L. Berlacher
Pittsburgh, PA

Noon - 1:15 p.m.

201 - Interventional Live Cases I: Coronary Cases from Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta, GA and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI
A.J. Conrad Smith
Pittsburgh, PA

Noon - 1:15 p.m.

617 - Oh My! MI in Pregnancy!! Risks, Diagnosis and Management of Pregnancy-associated Myocardial Infarction and Ischemia
Kathryn L. Berlacher
Pittsburgh, PA

Noon - 1:15 p.m.

901 - Young Investigator Awards: Basic and Translational Science
901-7 - AN ACTN4-ATF6B-HLA-DPA1 AXIS CONTROLS THE GENOMIC ARCHITECTURE OF SNP RS9277336 AND REGULATES ENDOTHELIAL PATHOPHENOTYPES IN PULMONARY ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION (12:30 - 12:45 p.m.)
Neha Hafeez, Anna Kirillova, Danli Jiang, Ting Wu, Gang Li, Wei Sun, Stephen Chan, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2 - 2:45 p.m.

1027 - Myocardial Infarction in Women: Not Your Same Old Same Old
1027-04 - GENDER DIFFERENCES IN CLINICAL OUTCOMES AMONG PATIENTS WITH MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION WITH NONOBSTRUCTIVE CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE (2:15 - 2:25 p.m.)
Rahul Chaudhary, Michael J. Bashline, Enrico Novelli, John J. Pacella, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2 - 4:30 p.m. 

1505 - Learn by Doing: Immersive Simulation Experiences in Cardiac-OB, Valvular Disease and Syncope Management
1505-05 - Faculty: Immersive Simulation Experiences
James C. Coons
Pittsburgh, PA

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

1331 - Complex Clinical Case Presentations: FIT Valvular Heart Disease 5

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

1334 - Prevention and Health Promotion: Population Science 5

2:45 - 3:30 p.m. 

1331-038 / 38 - CORONARY EMBOLI RESULTING IN NSTEMI IN A PATIENT WITH NATIVE MITRAL VALVE ASPERGILLUS ENDOCARDITIS AFTER COVID INFECTION
Kerianne Fullin, Aryan N. Aiyer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2:45 - 3:30 p.m. 

1334-058 / 58 - ASSOCIATION OF BASELINE AND CHANGE IN INFLAMMATORY MARKERS WITH SUBCLINICAL AND CLINICAL CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE: HEART SCORE STUDY
Anum Saeed, Justin Swanson, Gul J. Saeed, Kevin E. Kip, Steven E. Reis, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

3 - 3:30 p.m. 

6503 - The Cutting Edge of Frailty
6503-04 – Panelist
Daniel E. Forman
Pittsburgh, PA

3:15 - 3:25 p.m. 

1045-03 - AORTIC THROMBUS CAUSING DYANAMIC CORONARY ISCHEMIA IN ADULT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE
Zackary Tushak, Ryan Hickman, Jessica Huston, Dennis M. McNamara, Justin C. Yeh, Sara Maria Trucco, Anita Saraf, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 

1358 - Electrophysiology: Clinical Science 6

3:45 - 4:30 p.m. 

1358-096 / 96 - VESSEL-SPECIFIC ECG LEADS AS A NOVEL STRATEGY FOR MYOCARDIAL ISCHEMIA DETECTION IN PATIENTS WITH SUSPECTED ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROME
Abdullah Ahmad, Ziad Faramand, John Wang, Richard Gregg, Milan Horacek, Christian Martin-Gill, Clifton Callaway, Samir F. Saba, Salah Al-Zaiti, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

4:15 - 5:30 p.m. 

648 - Left Main Revascularization: A Practical Approach
648-06 - Panelist
Catalin Toma
Pittsburgh, PA

651 - Congenitally Corrected TGA: From Fetus to Adulthood, Which Way Do We Go?
651-07 - Debate: To Band Early, Late or Never: That is the Question; Surgeon's View (4:35 - 4:45 p.m.)
651-16 - Panelist (5:15 - 5:30 p.m.)
Victor Morell
Pittsburgh, PA

654 - The State of Cardiovascular Workforce: Global Insights and Solutions on Discrimination, Harassment, and Racism
654-06 - An Educator’s Take on Microaggressions (5:03 - 5:14 p.m.)
Kathryn L. Berlacher
Pittsburgh, PA

4:45 - 4:55 p.m. 

648-10 - Medical Management of Left Main Coronary Artery Disease: When Risk Outweighs the Benefit
A. J. Conrad Smith
Pittsburgh, PA

5:30 - 7:30 p.m

1601 - Clinical Spotlight Series Modern Lipid Management: The Updated Medicine Cabinet
1601-03 - Clinical Facilitator (6 - 7:30 p.m.)
Anum Saeed
Pittsburgh, PA

Sunday, April 3, 2022

8 - 9:15 a.m. 

656 - #Trending Hot Topics: Internet Pop-Up Ads Versus Text Book Treatments for Heart Failure Comorbidities
656-05 - Debate: "15 minutes for 15 days of this High-Intensity Interval Training-See the Before and After Pictures": The best exercise prescription for patients with Heart Failure should incorporate resistance and interval training. (8:24 - 8:36 a.m.)
Daniel E. Forman
Pittsburgh, PA

8 - 8:08 a.m. 

659 - Current Approaches to Antiplatelet Therapy for PCI in ACS & SIHD
Anna Larosa
Pittsburgh, PA

8:56 - 9 a.m. 

659-12 - Case Resolution: Bleeding from DAPT
Anna Larosa
Pittsburgh, PA

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

1502 - Heart Songs
1502-06 - Heart Songs Moderator (9 a.m. - noon)
Jenna Skowronski
Pittsburgh, PA

9 - 11:30 a.m.
1506 - Learn by Doing: Immersive Simulation Experiences in Cardiac-OB, Valvular Disease and Syncope Management
1506-03 - Faculty: Immersive Simulation Experiences
James C. Coons
Pittsburgh, PA

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

1370 - Complex Clinical Case Presentations: FIT Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies 7
1370-016 / 16 - MYOCARDIAL DYSFUNCTION RESULTING FROM CORONARY MICROVASCULAR DYSFUNCTION (CMD) IN ADULT-ONSET STILL’S DISEASE (9:45 - 10:30 a.m.)
Aleesha Kainat, Brent Medoff, Susan Keen, Julius Birnbaum, Joshua Eric Levenson, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

1370-026 / 26 - NOVEL TREATMENT OF IMMUNE CHECKPOINT INHIBITOR FULMINANT MYOCARDITIS WITH RESOLUTION OF CARDIOGENIC SHOCK
Zackary Tushak, Valentina Jaramillo Restrepo, Sae Jang, Jonathan Eric Holtz, Jessica Huston, George Jabbour, Zachary Rhinehart, Joshua Eric Levenson, Mark Schmidhofer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

1370-035 / 35 - AL AMYLOIDOSIS: DON’T RELY ON DIASTOLOGY
Michael Gardner, Erik Schelbert, A. J. Conrad Smith, Aryan N. Aiyer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

9:45 - 11 a.m.

672 - It's On Us—Incorporating Social Determinants of Health Into Our Daily Care of Patients with Ischemic Heart Disease
672-04 - Panelist
Jared Magnani
Pittsburgh, PA

9:45 - 9:52 a.m.

672-07 - Case Presentation: Looking Past the Past Medical History—A Case Highlighting the Importance of SDoH
Stephen Broughton
Pittsburgh, PA

10:28 - 10:42 a.m.

672-11 - What You Can Do: How to Mitigate Negative Effects of SDoH for Your Patients
Jared Magnani
Pittsburgh, PA

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

1390 - Complex Clinical Case Presentations: FIT Interventional and Structural 8
1390-041 / 41 - AN UNUSUAL CASE OF A RIGHT SINUS OF VALSALVA THROMBUS PRESENTING AS AN ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION
Aaron J. Walker, Amerpreet K. Brar, Michael J. Bashline, Joan M. Lacomis, Saurabh Sanon, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

1397 - Ischemic Heart Disease: Special Populations 8
1397-090 / 90 - MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION WITH NON-OBSTRUCTIVE CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: UNDER PRESCRIPTION OF MEDICAL THERAPY
Rahul Chaudhary, Michael Bashline, Enrico Novelli, John J. Pacella, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

12:39 - 12:44 p.m.

688 - ASCVD Risk Factors and Beyond
688-11 - Case Presentation: Chronic Inflammation - Young Female Patient With Rheumatic Arthritis or Psoriatic Arthritis, Elevated hsCRP, and no Other CVD Risk Factors
Jenna Skowronski
Pittsburgh, PA

12:30 - 1 p.m.

6519 - Making Progress in Health Equity: In My Clinical Practice, Today
6519-03 - Panelist
Kathryn L. Berlacher
Pittsburgh, PA

2 - 3:15 p.m. 

701 - Challenging Clinical Cases: The “Bread and Butter” and Beyond
701-13 - Case Presentation: Complex LM PCI: TR vs TF (2:25 - 2:31 p.m.)
Amber Makani
Pittsburgh, PA
701-17 - Case Wrap-up (2:40 - 2:45 p.m.)
Amber Makani
Pittsburgh, PA

2 - 3:15 p.m. 

713 - Paging the PERT Team! Intermediate and High-Risk PE Cases With the Experts
713-15 - Panelist: Modern Management of High-Risk PE (2:54 - 3:15 p.m.)
Belinda Rivera-Lebron
Pittsburgh, PA

4 - 5:45 p.m.

717 - We're Late to the Party: Catching up on Late Presentation MI and Bridging the Gaps in Disparities
717-06 - Case Presentation: Delayed Presentation of MI - MCS Decision Making (4:30 - 4:37 p.m.)
Amber Makani
Pittsburgh, PA

4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

718 - Advances in Cardiac Rehabilitation—Not Your Same Old Same Old
718-01 - Co-Chair
Daniel E. Forman
Pittsburgh, PA

Monday, April 4, 2022

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

913 - Highlighted Original Research: Ischemic Heart Disease and the Year in Review
913-01 - Co-Chair
Kathryn L. Berlacher
Pittsburgh, PA

9 - 11 a.m. 

1508 - Learn by Doing: Immersive Simulation Experiences in Cardiac-OB, Valvular Disease and Syncope Management
1508-03 - Faculty: Immersive Simulation Experiences
James C. Coons
Pittsburgh, PA

10 - 10:45 a.m.

1106 - The Pressure Is On
1106-01 - ACC Poster Moderator
Jessica Huston
Pittsburgh, PA

11 - 12:15 p.m.

744 - Pulmonary Embolism Treatment
744-08 - Debate: Thrombectomy (11:05 - 11:13 a.m.)
Catalin Toma
Pittsburgh, PA

12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

1111 - The Challenge of MINOCA and INOCA: Novel Insights
1111-18 - CLINICAL OUTCOMES AMONG PATIENTS WITH MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION WITH AND WITHOUT OBSTRUCTIVE CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: META-ANALYSIS OF >900,000 PATIENTS (2 - 2:10 p.m.)
Rahul Chaudhary, Michael J. Bashline, Enrico Novelli, John J. Pacella, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

12:45 - 2 p.m.

760 - Bleeding Reduction Strategies Following PCI
760-06 - Panelist
A. J. Conrad Smith
Pittsburgh, PA

12:45 - 2 p.m. 

762 - Guideline Update: Management of Acute Chest Pain
762-06 - Panelist
Prem Soman
Pittsburgh, PA

12:45 - 2 p.m. 

765 – Chaat Masala: The Risk-Enhancing South Asian Ancestry

12:45 - 12:50 p.m.

765-04 - Case presentation [initial]
Anum Saeed
Pittsburgh, PA

1:40 - 1:45 p.m.

765-10 - Case presentation [initial]
Anum Saeed
Pittsburgh, PA

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. 

775 - Guideline Update: Management of Chronic Chest Pain
775-09 - Optimizing Medical Therapy for Stable Ischemic Heart Disease (2:52 – 3 p.m.)
Jennifer Kliner
Pittsburgh, PA