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  The Guesthouse 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: The Guesthouse at Graceland
Moderators: Darren Berman, Tom Forbes, Dan Levi

12:00 pm – 12:20 pm: Introduction to Transcatheter PDA closure in ELBW infants
Matt Gillespie, MD

12:20 pm – 12:45 pm: Procedural Overview
Evan Zahn, MD

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm:   Device choices – Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder
Brian Morray, MD 

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm:     Device choices – MVP
Shyam Sathanandam, MD

1:15 pm –  1:30 pm:  Device choices – AVP II
Hitesh Agrawal, MD

1:30  pm – 1:45 pm:     Q&A

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

2:00 pm – 2:20 pm:       Echo guidance for PDA closure
Jason Johnson, MD

2:20 pm – 2:40 pm: Tips and Tricks
Shyam Sathanandam, MD  

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm: Overview of complications
Darren Berman, MD

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: How to avoid vascular access complications
Rush Waller, MD

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm:How to avoid tricuspid valve complications
Evan Zahn, MD                                       

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm: How to prevent stenosis of LPA and Aorta
Shyam Sathanandam, MD

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Device retrieval
Tom Forbes, MD

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm: Q&A

Interventional Track: Transcatheter PDA Closure in ELBW infants Workshop
Location: The Guesthouse at Graceland
Panelists: Darren Berman, Shyam Sathanandam, Jason Johnson, Matt Gillespie, Evan Zahn

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm: The Role of CCISC PDA Registry
Tom Forbes, MD

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm:  Interesting Case Discussions and Panel discussion regarding future

Neonatology & Nursing Combined Track

Joint Focused Neonatal Echocardiogram and Neonatal Emergency/Procedures Workshops

All the participants will have the opportunity to attend both the workshops.

Focused Neonatal Echocardiogram Workshop

Moderators: Ronak Naik, Vijaya Joshi, Michael Rebolledo
Guest Faculty: Shahab Noori

Workshop faculty : Anthony Merlocco, Govinda Paudel 

12:35 – 12:45: Introduction, workshop format, goals – Ronak Naik, Michael Rebolledo

12:45 – 1:00: Components of Focused Neonatal Echocardiogram – Vijaya Joshi

1:00 – 1:15: Use of Focused Neonatal Echocardiogram in Clinical Practice – Shahab Noori

1:30 – 3:00: Simultaneous

  • High-fidelity Echocardiogram Simulator workshop
  • Point-of-care Echocardiogram for PDA – bedside live hands-on-teaching

(Participants will be divided such that they get chance to attend both Simulation and Live hands-on scanning workshops)

3:00 – 3:30: Break

3:30 – 5:00: Simultaneous

  • High-fidelity Echocardiogram Simulator workshop
  • Point-of-care Echocardiogram for PDA – bedside live hands-on-teaching

(Participants will be divided such that they get chance to attend both Simulation and Live hands-on scanning workshops)

Neonatal Emergency and Procedure Workshop

Moderators: Sandeep Chilakala, Ranjit Philip, Jonathan Spagnoli, Bobby Bellflower

1:30 – 3:00: Simultaneous

  • Neonatal emergency workshop – 30 min - Ranjit Philip, Mimily Harsono
  • Neonatal arrhythmia workshop – 30 min - Nirbhay Parashar,, Sandeep Chilakala
  •  Neonatal procedure workshop – 30 min - Sandeep Chilakala, Mario Brecino

3:00 – 3:30: Break

3:30 – 5:00: Simultaneous

  • Neonatal emergency workshop – 30 min - Nithya Swaminathan, Kirti Upadhyay
  • Neonatal arrhythmia workshop – 30 min - Susheeta Surendran, Karine Guerrier
  • Neonatal procedure workshop – 30 min - Jennifer Hendricks, Glenn Wetzel

5:00 – 5:15: Break

5:15 – 5:30: Transportation back to Graceland

Nursing Track

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

Location: The Guesthouse at 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 The Guesthouse 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 - 8:30 am:     Swine models of PDA in prematurity
Randy Buddington, Ph.D

8:30 am - 8:50 am:     Novel Basic Science Approaches to Model the Human Ductus
Elaine Shelton, Ph.D

8:50 am – 9:10 am:    Natural History of PDA in premature infants
Shahab Noori, MD

9:10 am – 9:15 am:    Question and Answer Session

9:15 am – 9:45 am:     Physiologic Spectrum of the PDA
Patrick Mcnamara, MD

9:45 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, John Jeffrey Reese

10:30 am – 10:45 am:    Why the presence of a PDA is not helpful in premature infants
Wayne Tworetzky, MD

10:45 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:   Overview of Transcatheter PDA Closure Procedure
Matt Gillespie, MD

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

12:20 pm – 12:30 pm: Question and Answer Session

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, Matt Gillespie, Dan Levi

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, 

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

1:50 pm – 2:15 pm: Timing of PDA closure in ELBW infants
Shyam Sathanandam, MD

2:15 am – 2:25 pm:   Role of cardiac catheterization in assessment of pulmonary vascular disease associated with BPD and PDA in premature infants
Ranjit Philip, MD

2:25 pm – 2:35 pm:  How do we integrate all PDA therapies?
Matt Gillespie

2:35 pm – 2:45 pm:  Question and Answer Session

PDA Closure in ELBW Infants – The Future
Moderators: Patrick Mcnamara, Wayne Tworetzky, Evan Zahn, Brian Morray

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Developing a collaborative PDA management strategy
David Nykanen, MD

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm: The economic impact
Michael O’Byrne, MD

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm: Device development for premature infants
Dan Levi, MD

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm: What evidence do we need for transcatheter PDA Closure to be mainstay therapy for premature infants?
Carl Backes, MD

4:00 pm – 4:10 pm:    How to get support from the Surgeon in building a transcatheter PDA closure program?
Christopher Knott-Craig, MD

4:10 pm – 4:20 pm: The U.S. Registry for Trancatheter PDA Closures
Shyam Sathanandam, MD

4:20 pm – 4:30 pm: Question and Answer Session

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Coffee Break- Visit Posters and Vendor Booths

Ductal Dependent Pulmonary Circulation
Moderators: Chris Knott-Craig, Darren Berman, David Nykanen

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm: Ductal Stenting for pulmonary circulation – Procedural planning and Technical considerations
Athar Qureshi, MD

5:00 pm – 5:15 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

5:00 pm –  6:00 pm:  Cardiac Anatomy & 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 – 9:45 am:  Live Case: Transcatheter PDA closure
LeBonheur Children Hospital
Memphis, TN

9:45 am – 10:00 am
Coffee Break- Visit Posters and Vendor Booths

10:00 am – 10:15 am: Components of a Comprehensive PDA Clinic
Leah Apalodimas, MSN, CPNP

10:15 am – 10:30 am: Practice Variations in Management of PDA in Premature Infants
Athar Qureshi, MD

Oral Abstract Presentations
Moderators: Glenn Wetzel, Mark Weems, Shabana Shahanavaz

10:30 am – 10:45 am: Changing Trends in Diagnosis and Treatment of PDA in Very Preterm Infants
Priya Jegatheesan, MD

10:45 am – 11:00 am: Outcome Associations of Surgical Closure of Patent Ductus Arteriosus: A National Perspective from Multicenter KIDS Database
Jaimin Patel, MD

11:00 am – 11:15 am: A Quality improvement (QI) project on Neonatal Patent Ductus Arteriosus Management
Elizabeth Todd, MSN, CPNP

11:15 am – 11:30 am: Comparison of Low Cardiac Output Syndrome after PDA ligation and Transcatheter PDA Closure in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants
Evan Harvey, MD

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Panel Discussion

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

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