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The Arizona Brain and Heart Symposium

Course Goal

A collaboration of Barrow Neurological Institute and Arizona Heart Rhythm Center, the 2022 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,  seizure, encephalopathy, arrhythmia
  • Cite the updated recommendation on the diagnostic work up of the above-mentioned conditions 
  • Manage medically in terms of stroke prevention, arrhythmia control, and seizure control 
  • Explain the options in interventional treatment of cardiac arrhythmia, rhythm control, and stroke prevention

Registration Information

Attendee Typeprice
In-person Physician Admission with CME Credits$100.00
Virtual Physician Admission with CME Credits $90.00
Virtual and In-Person Nurses Admission with CNE CreditsFree
Virtual General Admission (No CME)Free
In-Person General Admission (No CME)Free
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.

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the ACcreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American College of Surgeons and Barrow Neurological Institute. The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CommonSpirit CNE Administration is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. To successfully obtain CNEs for this activity, the learner must: miss no more than 10 minutes and complete a post conference evaluation.

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CommonSpirit CNE Administration is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. To successfully obtain CNEs for this activity, the learner must: miss no more than 10 minutes and complete a post conference evaluation.

In-Person and Virtual
Saturday, October 21-22, 2022


Date, Time, and Location

In Person and Virtual
Friday & Saturday, October 21-22, 2022

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

Target Audience

This program is designed for health professionals who work in the neurology and cardiology specialties.

Speaker Information

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

Day 1 – Friday, October 21 – Registration and Vendor Exhibit1:00 PM
David Wang, DO,
Vijendra Swarup, MD, FACC, FHRS
Robert Lemery, MD
Welcome and Introductions to Brain-Heart (1:25 PM)
David Wang, DOBrain Health 2022 (1:30 PM)
Vijendra Swarup, MDCardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology in 2022 (1:40 PM)
Robert Lemery, MD Brain-Heart: Brief Historical Perspectives and New Frontiers (1:50 PM)
Moderators: David Wang, DO; Vijendra Swarup, MD; Robert Lemery, MDSession I: Automatic Neuromodulation to Treat Cardiac Arrhythmias
Roderick Tung, MDCardio Neural Ablation for Vasovagal Syncope (2:00 PM)
Vivek Reddy, MDRenal Denervation for the Treatment of Hypertension and Atrial Fibrillation (2:20 PM)
Kalyanam Shivkumar, MDCardiac Sympathetic Denervation for the treatment of VT (2:40 PM)
All Moderators and PanelistsPanel Discussion and Q&A (3:00 PM)
Coffee Break3:15 PM
Moderators: Vivek Reddy, MD, Hursh Naik, MD; Robert Lemery, MD; David Wang, DO, Vijendra Swarup, MDSession II: LIVE CASES Interventional Cardiology and Stroke Prevention
Hursh Naik, MDPFO Closure (3:30 PM)
Vijendra Swarup, MDLAA Occlusion
All Moderators and PanelistsPanel Discussion and Q&A (4:15 PM)
Moderators: David Wang, DO; Vijendra Swarup, MD; Robert Lemery, MDSession III: Neuro Toxins
Brad Racette, MDThe Impact of Air Pollution on Brain and Heart Health (4:30 PM)
All Moderators and PanelistsPanel Discussion and Q&A (4:50 PM)
Adjourn5:00 PM
Drinks, Cocktails, Dinner
(Location to be determined)
6:00 PM
Day 2 – Saturday, October 22 – Light Breakfast and Coffee8:00 AM
Moderators: David Wang, DO; Robert Lemery, MD, Vijendra Swarup, MDAn Introduction to Heart-Brain Interactions (8:30 AM)
Justin Hoskin, MDThe Brain’s in Charge: Basic Understanding of the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous System (8:30 AM)
Robert Lemery, MDThe Heart’s in Charge: The Concept of the Little Brain on the Heart: The Intrinsic Cardiac Nervous System (ICNS)(8:45 AM)
Terry Fife, 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 (9:15 AM)
All Moderators and PanelistsPanel and Q&A (9:30 AM)
Coffee Break9:45 AM
Moderators: Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD; Sabil Kar, MD; Robert Lemery, MD; TBDLive Cases from the Arizona Heart Rhythm Center
Vijendra Swarup, MD, FACC, FHRS
Sudarone Thihalolipavan, MD
Live from the EP Lab – Introduction of Patient Cases (10:00 AM)
Keynote Speaker: M. Edip Gurol, MD, MScIndividualized Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation: The Crossroads of Neurology
and Cardiology (10:20 AM)
Sabil Kar, MDThe Role of MitraClip in the Treatment of Mitral Regurgitation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation. (10:40 AM)
Vijendra Swarup, MD, Sudarone Thihalolipavan, MDLive from the EP Lab. Progress of Clinical Cases Being Performed (11:00 AM)
Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MDAblation of Atrial Fibrillation: Realistic Expectations for the Referring Physician (11:20 AM)
All Moderators and PanelistsLive from the EP Lab. Wrap-Up and Patient Outcomes (11:40 AM)
Lunch / Vendor Exhibits / Session Broadcast in Sonntag Pavilion12:00 PM
Gali Gannett, PALoop Recorder / Implants (12:15 PM)
Richard FosterThe Magic of Transcranial Doppler (12:30 PM)
Andrew Kalkowski, RNMobile Stroke Unit’s Case Study (12:45 PM)
Moderators: David Wang, DO; Sabil Kar, MD; Robert Lemery, MD; TBDStroke Therapies and Prevention
Daniel Gonzalez, MDAntithrombotics for stroke prevention, what are the current guidelines? (1:00 PM)
Supreet Kaur, MDEmbolic stroke of unknown source, how do we manage? (1:15 PM)
Andrew Ducruet, MDInterventional Neuroradiology, what can endovascular therapy do? (1:30 PM)
All Moderators and PanelistsPanel Discussion, Q&A (1:45 PM)
Coffee Break2:00 PM
Moderators: Pallavi Bellamkonda, MD; David Wang DO; Vijendra Swarup, MDCovid-19, CHF and Autonomic Regulation
Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MDCovid-19, Autonomics and Long Covid (2:15 PM)
Rajakrishnan Vijayakrishnan, MDNeuro Humoral Treatment of CHF (2:30 PM)
Kevin Brady, MDLVAD, Other Bridge to Permanent Devices and Cardiac Transplantation (2:45PM)
All Moderators and PanelistsPanel Discussion, Q&A (3:00 PM)
David Wang, DO; Vijendra Swarup, MD; Robert Lemery MDMeeting Overview and Conclusions of Brain-Heart 2022 (3:15 PM)
Adjourn3:30 PM

Course Directors

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

Commercial Promotion

Barrow Neurological Institute wishes to recognize and thank the following company for its monetary and commercial support.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Barrow Neurological Institute wishes to recognize and thank the following companies for their commercial promotion of this educational activity.

Educational Grant:

  • Boston Scientific

Platinum Exhibitor:

  • Boston Scientific
  • Medtronic
  • Abbott
  • Impulse Dynamics
  • Biosense Webster

Bronze Exhibitor:

  • Frazer
  • V-WAVE Medical
  • Respicardia

Exhibit Only:

  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • AstraZeneca

Sponsored Tables:

  • Barrow Neurological Institute’s Emergency Stroke Treatment Unit
  • Barrow Stroke Research
  • Barrow Outreach
  • Zoll LifeVest
  • Biosense Webster

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.

Ineligible Company: The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships: Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Conflict of Interest: Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation.

Barrow Neurological Institute & St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Faculty: All Relevant Financial Relationships Have Been Mitigated

Moderators/Arizona Heart Rhythm Center Faculty/Guest Faculty
David Wang, DO, FAAN, FAHA
Financial disclosures – Speaker; Boehrinjer Ingelheim 
Brad Racette, MD, FAAN
Terry D. Fife, MD
Financial disclosures – None
Justin Hoskin, MD
Financial disclosures – None
Supreet Kaur, MD
Financial disclosures – None
Andrew Ducruet, MD
Financial disclosures – Consultant: Stryker/Penumbra, Medtronic/Oculus, Cerenovus, Koswire
CMO; Aneuvas
Daniel Gonzalez, MD
Richard Foster, MS, RVS, RVT, RDMS
Andrew Kalkowski, RN
Kevin Brady, MD
Financial disclosures – Consultant; Edwards LiveSciences
Hursh Naik, MD
Financial disclosures – Consultant, Boston Scientific, Edwards, Abbott, Abiome, Sarannas
Rajakrishnan Vijayakrishnan, MD
Financial disclosures – None
Gali Gannett, PA
Sudarone Thilhalolipavan, MD
Financial disclosures – Consultant; Abbot, Zoll
Pallavi Bellamkonda, MD 
Financial disclosures – None
Arizona Heart Rhythm Center Faculty
Vijendra Swarup, MD, FACC, FHRS
Financial disclosures- Consultant; Abbott, Boston Scientific
Robert Lemery, MD, FACC, FHRS
Financial disclosures – None
Guest Faculty
Saibal Kar, MD
Financial disclosures – Consultant; Boston Scientific, Medtronic
Vivek Reddy, MD, FACC, FHRS
Financial disclosures – Speaker/Faculty; Ethicon, Medtronic, Consultant; Acutus, Abbott , Bionese
Dhanunjaya R. Lakkireddy, MD FHRS
Financial disclosures – None 
Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, FACC,FHRS
Financial disclosures – None 
Keynote Speakers
Roderick Tung, MD
M. Edip Gurol, M.D., M.Sc.