Conference Agenda

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The International PDA Symposium is a one of a kind conference that will feature experts in the field of cardiology, neonatology, cardiac surgery, perinatology, pulmonology, nursing, anesthesiology, and researchers to come together to discuss the management of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in premature infants.

The program will encompass talks from distinguished experts in the management of the patent ductus arteriosus in the newborn, panel discussions, debates, workshops, case discussions, abstract presentations with the most up to date information on this topic. Special focus will be on the new transcatheter PDA closure therapy for ELBW infants.






Wednesday, April 10

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Registration at Graceland

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Lunch, Introduction and opening remarks
Course directors

Interventional Track

Transcatheter PDA Closure in ELBW infants – Technical Considerations
Location: Graceland
Moderators: Darren Berman, Tom Forbes, Dan Levi

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm: Introduction to Transcatheter PDA closure in ELBW infants
Matt Gillespie, MD

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm: Technical Considerations
Shyam Sathanandam, MD       

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm:  Device choices – Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder
Brian Morray, MD

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm: Device choices – MVP
Shyam Sathanandam, MD

1:00 pm –  1:10 pm:  Device choices – AVP II
Hitesh Agrawal, MD

1:10  pm – 1:20 pm:  Q&A

Interventional Track: Transcatheter PDA Closure in ELBW infants – Avoiding Complications
Location: Graceland
Moderators: Matt Gillespie, Dan Levi, Evan Zahn

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm: Overview of complications
Darren Berman, MD

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm: How to avoid vascular access complications
Rush Waller, MD

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm: How to avoid tricuspid valve complications
Evan Zahn, MD

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm: How to prevent stenosis of LPA and Aorta
Shyam Sathanandam, MD

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Device retrieval
 Tom Forbes, MD

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Q&A

Interventional Track: Transcatheter PDA Closure in ELBW infants Workshop
Location: Graceland
Rush Waller, Shyam Sathanandam, Jason Johnson

3:10 pm – 3:30 pm:  Echo guidance for PDA closure
Jason Johnson, MD

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm:  Simulated Transcatheter PDA closure in the ELBW infants
Shyam Sathanandam, MD

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm:  Hands on simulation workshop
Rush Waller

Neonatology & Nursing Combined Track

Targeted Neonatal Echo (TnECHO) Workshop
Location: The University of Tennessee Center for Advanced Medical Simulation
Moderators: Ronak Naik, Govinda Paudel, Shahab Noori

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Shuttle from Graceland to Simulation Center

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Introduction to TnECHO
Ronak Naik, MD

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: High-fidelity Echocardiogram Simulator workshop

3:00 pm –5:00 pm:   Point-of-care Echocardiogram for PDA –Bedside Live Hands-on teaching

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Return to Graceland

Neonatal Cardiac Emergencies
Location: The University of Tennessee Center for Advanced Medical Simulation
Moderators: Ranjit Philip, Sandeep Chilakala, Kaitlin Ryan

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Neonatal Cardiac Emergency Simulations Using High-fidelity Manikins

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Procedural Simulation on Neonatal Centesis

5:00 pm –  5:30 pm: Return to Graceland

Nursing Track

Course Director: Leah M Apalodimas, MSN, APN, CCRN, CPNP

Neonatal Cardiac Bootcamp
Location: Graceland
Moderators: Mia McCoy, Ruth Seaton  

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm:   Neonatal Hemodynamics 
Janet Sessums, MSNA, CRNA 

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm:   PDA Device Closure in Preterm Infants: What do you tell the family? 
Jorden Cunningham, BSN, RN 

12:45 am – 1:00 pm: Cardiomyopathy in newborns 
Jenny Strelsin, MSN, CPNP-AC 

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Evidenced Based Practice: Preterm Infant Nutrition 
Jennifer Davidson, DO

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Shuttle from Graceland to Simulation Center

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Neonatal Cardiac Emergency Simulations

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Targeted Neonatal Echo (TnECHO) Workshop

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Return to Graceland


Heavy Hors d’oeuvres Reception






Thursday, April 11

Morning Agenda

7:00 am – 8:00 am: Breakfast and Registration at Graceland

7:45 am – 8:00 am: Introduction and opening remarks
Course directors

Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) in Preterm Infants
Moderators: Ajay Talati, Jason Johnson, Carl Backes

8:00 am - 8:20 am:     Mouse models of PDA
John Jeffrey Reese, MD

8:20 am - 8:40 am:     Novel Basic Science Approaches to Model the Human Ductus
Elaine Shelton, Ph.D

8:40 am – 9:00 am:    Natural History of PDA in premature infants
Shahab Noori, MD

9:00 am – 9:10 am:    Question and Answer Session

9:10 am – 9:40 am:     Physiologic Spectrum of the PDA
Patrick Mcnamara, MD

9:40 am – 10:00 am:   Echo Assessment of hemodynamic significance
Shazia Bhombal, MD

10:00 am – 10:15 am:  Question and Answer Session

10:15 am – 10:30 am
Coffee Break - Visit Posters and Vendor Booths

Management of PDA in Preterm Infants
Moderators: Shahab Noori, Shazia Bhombal, Matt Gillespie

10:30 am – 10:50 am:    Pulmonary vascular disease in BPD and PDA in premature infants
Ranjit Philip, MD

10:50 am – 11:30 am:  Pharmacologic PDA treatment: Which babies? When to treat? Results of the PDA-TOLERATE trial
Ron Clyman, MD

11:30 am – 11:45 am:   Why the presence of a PDA is not helpful in premature infants
Wayne Tworetzky, MD

11:45 am – 12:20 pm:   Transcatheter PDA Closure: Results of the Piccolo trial
Evan Zahn, MD

12:20 pm – 12:30 pm:  Q&A

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Box Lunch- Visit Posters and Vendor Booths


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Afternoon Agenda

Trans-catheter PDA Closure in ELBW Infants
Moderators: Ron Clyman, Evan Zahn, Wayne Tworetzky

1:15 pm – 1:25 pm: Transport of the ELBW Neonate to and from the Cath Lab
Tim Head, MD

1:25 pm – 1:40 pm: Bedside vs. Cath Lab?
Darren Berman, MD

1:40 pm – 1:50 pm: Echocardiographic Guidance
Vijay Joshi, MD

1:50 pm – 2:05 pm: Complications: What to expect during and after the procedure
Matt Gillespie, MD

2:05 pm – 2:30 pm: Timing of PDA closure in ELBW infants
Shyam Sathanandam, MD

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm: Question and Answer Session

PDA Closure in ELBW Infants – The Future
Moderators: Patrick Mcnamara, John Jeffrey Reese, Athar Qureshi

2:40 pm – 2:55 pm: Developing a collaborative PDA management strategy
David Nykanen, MD

2:55 pm – 3:10 pm: The economic impact
Michael O’Byrne, MD

3:10 pm – 3:25 pm: Device development for premature infants
Dan Levi, MD

3:25 pm – 3:40 pm: What evidence do we need for transcatheter PDA Closure to be mainstay therapy for premature infants?
Carl Backes, MD

3:40 pm – 3:50 pm:    How to get support from the Surgeon in building a transcatheter PDA closure program?
Christopher Knott-Craig, MD

3:50 pm – 4:00 pm: The Role of CCISC PDA Registry
Tom Forbes, MD

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm: Question and Answer Session

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Coffee Break- Visit Posters and Vendor Booths

Ductal Dependent Pulmonary Circulation
Moderators: Chris Knott-Craig, Dan Levi, David Nykanen

4:30 pm – 4:50 pm: Ductal Stenting for pulmonary circulation – Procedural planning and Technical considerations
Athar Qureshi, MD

4:50 pm – 5:05 pm: A Novel stent for the PDA in ductal dependent systemic circulation
Thomas Doyle, MD

5:15 pm – 5:25 pm:   Debate - Ductal stenting is the best first palliation
 Shabana Shahanavaz, MD

5:25 PM – 5:35 PM:   Debate -BT-Shunt is a well established therapy
Umar Boston, MD

5:35 pm – 5:45 pm:   Rebuttals

5:45 pm – 6:00 pm:   Question and Answer Session  

Break Out Session: Cardiac Morphology Course
Course Director: Stephanie Whiting, BSN, RN

4:00 pm –  5:00 pm: Cardiac Embryology and Anatomy

5:00 pm –  6:00 pm:  Hands-on Heart Dissection Workshop 

Heavy Hors d’oeuvres Reception
6 pm onwards






Friday, April 12

8:00 am – 8:15 am: Introduction and opening remarks
Course directors

Live Transcatheter PDA closure Case
Panelists: Matt Gillespie, Dan Levi, Evan Zahn

8:15 am – 10:15 am:  Live Case 
Transcatheter PDA closure
LeBonheur Children Hospital
Memphis, TN

10:15 am – 10:30 am: Components of a Comprehensive PDA Clinic
Leah Apalodimas, MSN, CPNP

10:30 am – 10:45 am: Practice Variations in Management of PDA in Premature Infants
Athar Qureshi, MD

10:45 am – 11:00 am
Coffee Break- Visit Posters and Vendor Booths

Oral Abstract Presentations
Moderators: Glenn Wetzel, Ajay Talati, Shabana Shahanavaz

11:00 am – 11:30 am:  Best oral abstract Presentations
Speakers: TBD

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Panel Discussion

Panel Chairpersons: Ajay Talati, Jeff Towbin, Christopher Knott-Craig, Rush Waller

Panelists: Evan Zahn, Dan Levi, Matt Gillespie, Darren Berman, Ron Clyman, John Reese, Patrick McNamara, Carl Backes, Athar Quereshi, Shahab Noori, Shyam Sathanandam, Mark Weems, Ranjit Philip, Shazia Bhombal, Wayne Tworetzki, Tom Forbes, and David Nykanan

12:30 pm
Joint Statement and Recommendations from the Second International PDA Symposium

1:00 pm
Program Adjourned

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