aortic symposiumThe UTHealth Medical School and the Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute present the Houston Aortic Symposium 2015 March 5-7 at the Westin Oaks in Houston.

This two-and-a-half day symposium, which is the eighth in an annual series, has been designed to present and discuss the diagnosis and treatment paradigms for aortic diseases, including medical, endovascular, surgical, and hybrid options. Session topics will include Minimally Invasive Structural Heart Surgery, Aortic Root/Bicuspid Valve/Marfan, Ascending and Transverse Arch, Traumatic Aortic Injury, Aortic Dissection, Descending Thoracic Aorta, Medical Management/Mechanisms/Genetics, and Thoracoabdominal Aorta.

The symposium is designed for cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, vascular surgeons, internists, family practice physicians, anesthesiologists, cardiac nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, residents, and other healthcare professionals involved in the care and treatment of patients with cardiovascular diseases.

Course directors are Dr. Hazim Safi, chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery and chief of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute; Dr. David McPherson, chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and chief of cardiology at Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute; Dr. Ali Azizzadeh, professor of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery; and Dr. Anthony Estrera, professor of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

UTHealth Medical School faculty presenters include Dr. Kristofer Charlton-Ouw, Dr. Joseph DuBose; Dr. John Holcomb; Dr. Dianna Milewicz; Dr. Trey Miller; Dr. Tom Nguyen; Dr. Eyal Porat; Dr. Siddharth Prakash; and Dr. Naveed Saqib.

As part of the program, an advanced skills workshop for cardiothoracic fellows will be held March 4 at the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education.

For more information and to register, please see the website.