Attendees will be able to speak with various professors, researchers, and other health care representatives at the Houston Aortic Symposium beginning Feb. 15.

Health care professionals involved in the care and treatment of patients with aortic diseases are encouraged to register for the upcoming 11th annual Houston Aortic Symposium Feb. 15 to 17.

The two-and-a-half day live symposium offers presentations and discussions about the diagnosis and treatment paradigms for aortic diseases including medical, endovascular, surgical, and hybrid options. The event will be held at the Westin Oaks Hotel (5011 Westheimer at Post Oak) and begins with a continental breakfast 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. Feb. 15. Following the breakfast will be a short introduction at 7:45 a.m. by symposium chairs Dr. Hazim Safi, professor, chair, and chief of the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, and Dr. David McPherson, professor, chair, and division director of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine. The event also features a Nursing Symposium noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 14.

Program directors for the event include Dr. Ali Azizzadeh, director of vascular surgery, vice chair in the Department of Surgery for Programmatic Development, and associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute for Vascular Therapeutics, and Dr. Anthony Estrera, professor and chief of cardiac surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery and medical director of Cardiovascular ICU and Cardiovascular IMU at the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute.

Topics for the event include structural heart, ascending aorta/aortic dissection (proximal), transverse arch/carotid, AAA/PAD, aortic dissection (distal), DTAA/TEVAR, genetics/imaging/technology, and TAAA. Registration is complimentary for employees of UTHealth, Memorial Hermann, and Houston Methodist. The CME accredited event offers participants the chance to earn up to 16.75 Medical Knowledge MOC points and Patient Safety MOC credit and a maximum of 16.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

For more information, visit the event’s website at For complimentary registration, visit