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The Arizona Brain and Heart Symposium

Course Goal

A collaboration of Barrow Neurological Institute and Arizona Heart Rhythm Center, the 2023 Brain-Heart Symposium aims to give an overview of the current state of the art scientific knowledge in neurocardiology. The meeting will consist of a hybrid format, with live guests and speakers, as well as a web-based format for attendees and speakers who will join the meeting virtually. Reuniting speakers specialized in neurology, interventional cardiology and electrophysiology, and cardiac surgery, morning and afternoon sessions will consist of plenary lectures and debates, as well as live interventional cardiology sessions.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Define the common conditions of brain-heart related disorders such as stroke, atrial fibrillation, syncope and autonomic disorders
  • Review the updated recommendations on the diagnostic workup of those conditions
  • Discuss the medical management of stroke prevention, cardiac arrhythmias and syncope
  • Explain the therapeutic options in the interventional treatment of atrial fibrillation, stroke prevention, syncope, as well as neurosurgical approaches for other vascular diseases of the brain

Registration Information

Attendee Typeprice
In-person Admission with CME Credits$100.00
Virtual Admission with CME Credits $90.00
In-person Admission (No CME)Free
Virtual General Admission (No CME)Free
Nurse Admission with CNE CreditsFree
Registration fee includes: Symposium, program materials, and continuing education credits.
Refund and cancellation policy: Barrow reserves the right to cancel or change the program for due causes. Cancellation of this program by Barrow or by the participant before October 10th will result in a full refund of tuition.

CME Information and Disclosures

  • CME/CEU pending
Award of CME credits by ACS is based on compliance of the program with the ACCME accreditation requirements and does not imply endorsement by ACS of the content, the faculty, or the sponsor of the program. Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program.

In-Person and Virtual
Friday, October 20-21, 2023


Date, Time, and Location

In Person and Virtual
Friday & Saturday, October 20-21, 2023

Goldman Auditorium
Barrow Neurological Institute
2910 North 3rd Ave
Phoenix, Arizona 85013

Target Audience

The program has been designed to meet the educational goals of cardiologists
and neurologists, including residents and fellows training both specialties, as well as internists, physicians, nurses, and other health care workers involved in the evaluation and treatment of patients with neurologic and cardiac disorders.

Speaker Information

Keynote Speakers

All times refer to Arizona time (Pacific Daylight Time).

SPeakerTopic & Time
Day 1 – Friday, October 20 – Registration, Breakfast and Vendor Exhibit9:30 AM
David Wang, DO
Vijendra Swarup, MD, FACC, FHRS
Robert Lemery, MD
Welcome and Introductions to Brain-Heart (9:55 AM)
Moderators: Arjum Gururaj, MD; Vivek Reddy, MD; Robert Lemery, MDSession I: Interventional Electrophysiology – Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation (Live and Pre-Recorded Cases)
Vijendra Swarup, MD
Sudarone Thihalolipavan, MD
EP Lab Introduction of Clinical Team and Patient Summaries (10:00 AM)
Robert Lemery, MD AF Ablation 1998-2023: The first 25 years (10:10 AM)
Vijendra Swarup, MD
Sudarone Thihalolipavan, MD
The Interventional EP Lab: Progress of AF Ablation Procedures (10:20 AM)
Vivek Reddy, MDAF Ablation: Current Status and Expectations (10:30 AM)
Vivek Reddy, MDAF Ablation: Emergent New Modalities & Therapies (10:40 AM)
All Moderators and PanelistsQ&A (10:50 AM)
Vijendra Swarup, MD
Sudarone Thihalolipavan, MD
The Interventional EP Lab: Progress of AF Ablation Procedures (11:00 AM)
Dhanujaya R. Lakkireddy, MDClinical Cases No. 1. My Patient Who Required Multiple (many) AF Ablation Procedures (11:10 AM)
Arjum Gururaj, MD
Vivek Reddy, MD
Dhanujaya R. Lakkireddy, MD
Sudarone Thihalolipavan, MD
Vijendra Swarup, MD
Robert Lemery, MD
Panel Discussion and Q&A (11: 20 AM)
Lunch11:40 AM
Dominika Zoltowska, MDLatest Guidelines for Aggressive Lipid Reduction for Secondary Prevention of MI and CVA (12:00 PM)
Richard Foster, MS, RVS, RVT, RDMSThe Magic of Transcranial Doppler (12:15 PM)
Stacy Parlette, RNFactor XI Inhibition: Ongoing Clinical trials (12:30 PM)
Break12:45 PM
Moderator: David Wang, DO; Vijay Swarup, MD; Robert Lemery, MDSession II: Keynote Presentations
Keynote Speaker: Walter Koroshetz, MD
Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Brain Health Initiatives of United States (1:00 PM)
Keynote Speaker: Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD
Medical Director, UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center
Cardiac Neuromodulation Initiatives of United States (1:35 PM)
Keynote Speaker: Michael T. Lawton, MD
President and CEO, Barrow Neurological Institute
Surgery for Cavernous Malformations (2:10 PM)
Moderators: Pallavi Bellamkonda, MD; Dhanujaya R. Lakkireddy, MD; Vijendra Swarup, MD; Robert Roberts, MD; Kevin Brady, MDSession III: Interventional Cardiology – The Prevention of Stroke (Live and Pre-Recorded Cases)
Bimal Padaliya, MDClinical Trial Data of PFO Closure for Cryptogenic Stroke (2:40 PM)
Hursh Naik, MDSeptal Occlusion and Mechanical Sealing of the Left Atrial Appendage (2:50 PM)
Saibal Kar, MDLeft Atrial Appendage Closure: Endovascular Snaring of the LAA (3:00 PM)
Vijendra Swarup, MDPurposely Creating an Interatrial Shunt to Treat CHF (3:10 PM)
Kevin Brady, MDThe Management of Anticoagulation in the LVAD Patient (3:20 PM)
Hursh Naik, MD
Saibal Kar, MD
Dhanujaya R. Lakkireddy, MD
Bimal Padaliya, MD
Vijendra Swarup, MD
Kevin Brady, MD
Panel Discussion and Q&A (3:30 PM)
Break3:40 PM
Moderator: Sunny Po, MD; Robert Lemery, MD; David Wang, DOSession IV: Neuromodulation of Cardiac Arrhythmias
Vivek Reddy, MDRenal Denervation in Patients with Hypertension and Atrial Fibrillation (4:00 PM)
Dhanujaya R. Lakkireddy, MDSurgical Treatment of Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia (4:10 PM)
Kalyanam Shivkumar, MDThorascopic Cardiac Sympathetic Denervation for Patients with VT Storm (4:20 PM)
Sunny Po, MDCardiac Ganglia Ablation for Patients with Cardio-Inhibitory Syncope (4:30 PM)
Sunny Po, MDClinical Cases No. 3. My Patient with Recurrent Cardio-Inhibitory (4:40 PM)
Vivek Reddy, MD
Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD
Sunny Po, MD
David Wang, DO
Robert Lemery, MD
Dhanujaya R Lakkireddy, MD
Panel Discussion and Q&A (4:50 PM)
Adjourn5:10 PM
Cocktails & Dinner
Marley Lobby/Sonntag Pavilion
5:30 PM
Day 2 – Saturday, October 21 – Breakfast and Vendor Exhibit8:30 AM
David Wang, DO
Vijendra Swarup, MD
Robert Lemery, MD
Welcome & Introduction to Brain-Heart (8:55 AM)
Moderators: David Wang, DO; Brain Olshansky, MD; Robert Lemery, MDSession V: Syncope
Justin Hoskin, MDAutonomic Imbalance and Dysautonomias: Primary Neurologic Disorders Affecting Day-to-Day Regulation of Blood Pressure (9:00 AM)
Sudarone Thihalolipavan, MDCardiac Syncope: Primary Cardiac Causes of Loss of Conscience: Bradycardia, Tachycardia and Other (9:10 AM)
Brain Olshansky, MDThe Role of Tilt-Testing in the Evaluation of Patients with Cardio-Inhibitory or Vasodepressor Syncope (9:20 AM)
Brain Olshansky, MDDriving and Cycling Restrictions in Patients with Syncope (9:30 AM)
Sudarone Thihalolipavan, MDClinical Cases No. 4. Syncope and Sports (9:40 AM)
Justin Hoskin, MD
Sudarone Thihalolipavan, MD
Brain Olshansky, MD
David Wang, DO
Vijendra Swarup, MD
Robert Lemery, MD
Panel Discussion and Q&A (9:50 AM)
Break10:10 AM
Moderators: Vijendra Swarup, MD; Edip Gurol, MD; David Wang, DOSession VI: Pharmacology and Antithrombotic Therapies
Tyler Haller, Pharm DPharmacology of Antithrombotic Drugs (10:30 PM)
Daniel Gonzalez, MDAntithrombotics for Stroke Prevention: What are the current guidelines? (10:40 AM)
Supreet Kaur, MDEmbolic Stroke of Unknown Source: How do we manage? (10:50 AM)
Edip Gurol, MDIndividualized Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation: The Crossroads of Neurology and Cardiology (11:00 AM)
Edip Gurol, MD
Daniel Gonzalez, MD
Supreet Kaur, MD
David Wang, DO
Vijendra Swaru, MD
Tyler Haller, Pharm D
Panel Discussion and Q&A (11: 20 AM)
Lunch11:40 AM
Patrycja Kuszka, PA-C Fitbit, Apple Watch, and Alive Cor-Kardia: Digital Recording of Atrial Fibrillation (12:00 PM)
Jacob Hantla, CRNAThe Administration of Conscious Sedation and General Anesthesia (12:15 PM)
Shelby Wirtanen, RNMobile Stroke Units 2023 (12:30 PM)
Break12:45 PM
Moderators: Edip Gurol, MD; Andrew Ducruet, MD; David Wang, DOSession VII: Interventional Neurology and Neurosurgery
Kerry Knievel, DOHeadache: When is it serious? (1:00 PM)
Andrew Ducruet, MDSubarachnoid Hemorrhage: Emerging Neurosurgical Interventions (1:10 PM)
Andrew Ducruet, MDThe Neuroradiologist: Opening and Embolizing Brain Vessels (1:20 PM)
David Wang, DO Intracerebral Hemorrhage: Anything we can do? (1:30 PM)
Francisco Ponce, MDDeep Brain Stimulation (1:40 PM)
David Wang DO
Edip Gurol, MD
Kerry Knievel, DO
Andrew Ducruet, MD
Francisco Ponce MD
Panel Discussion and Q&A (1:50 PM)
Break2:10 PM
Moderators: David Wang, DO; Vijay Swarup, MD; Robert Lemery, MDSession VIII: Brain-Heart Wonders
Lee Schwamm, MDArtificial Intelligence: Ready, Set, Go (2:30 PM)
Adjourn 3:00 PM

Course Directors

Vijendra Swarup, MD, FACC, FHRS
Arizona Heart Rhythm Center
Headshot of Robert Lemery, MD, FACC, FHRS
Robert Lemery, MD, FACC, FHRS
Arizona Heart Rhythm Center

Commercial Promotion

Exhibitors and Sponsors


  • Siemens


  • Boston-Scientific


  • BioSense
  • AstraZeneca
  • Impulse Dynamics


  • Genentech
  • Bristol Myers-Squibb
  • Stryker
  • Abbott- CRM
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Chiesi USA
  • Amgen
  • Atricure
  • Medtronic
  • Amylyx

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any ineligible company held in the last 24 months. Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.