Physicians Scientific Meeting 2024

Transformative Life Saving Therapies: Health, Economics and Clinical Practice


(On-site Registration – registration fee add $50)

7:55am Welcome Remarks

Valentín Del Río, MD, FACC
President & Governor ACC PR Chapter
Ricardo Santiago, MD, FACC
President Scientific Program Committee

Session A: Transcatheter Therapies for Aortic Valve Disease
Moderator: Pedro Colon, MD
Panel: Amir Kaki, MD, Ismael Ortiz, MD, Nelson Espinell, MD, Pedro Villablanca, MD
8:10am LIVE Case 1 – TAVR
Julio Valentin, MD

Live Streaming from Bayamon Heart and Lung Institute
Héctor Martinez, MD

TAVR vs SAVR: How Does Valve Durability Impact Decision-Making?
Nelson Espinell, MD

TAVR in Low-Risk Patients – is it justified?
Pedro Colon, MD

What is the best antithrombotic therapy after TAVR?
Ismael Ortiz, MD

Alternative Large Bore Access using the Axillary Artery
Amir Kaki, MDF

TAVR for Bicuspid Aortic Valve Stenosis
Pedro Villablanca, MD
9:40am Coffee Break – Exhibitor Visit
9:55am Session B: Carotid Artery Disease
Moderator: Eric Carro, MD
Panel: Jorge Weber, MD, Ivan Dominguez, MD, Edwin Perez, MD

LIVE Case 2 – Carotid Stenting

Live Streaming from Bayamon Heart and Lung Institute
Damian Grovas, MD

Carotid Artery Stenting (CAS): Technique and Selection Criteria
Edwin Perez, MD

Carotid Artery Revascularization: Technique and Selection Criteria
Ivan Dominguez, MD

TransCarotid Artery Revascularization – Technique and Selection Criteria
Jorge Weber, MD

Live Debate:
Is TCAR better than carotid artery stenting?
Edwin Perez, MD

Is carotid artery stenting better than TCAR?
Ivan Dominguez, MD

Is CEA better than TCAR and CAS?
Jorge Weber, MD
11:10am Coffee Break – Exhibitor Visit
Session C:  Advanced Cardiac Imaging + Cardio-Oncology Session
Moderator: Juan Nieves, MD
11:25am Cancer-treatment-related cardiotoxicity
Juan Lopez-Mattei, MD

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging is Essential in Cardio-Oncology
Lauren A. Baldassarre, MD

Cardiac Amyloidosis – Awareness, Diagnosis, and Future Prospects
 Juan Lopez-Mattei, MD

Advanced Cardiac Imaging Techniques to Assess Immunotherapy Related Cardiotoxicity
Lauren A. Baldassarre, MD
12:30pm Lunch Symposium

Session D: Coronary Artery Disease
Moderator:  Orlando Rodriguez Vila, MD
Panel: Edgar Vazquez, MD
1:30pm LIVE Case 3 – Bifurcation PCI
Ricardo Santiago, MD

Live Streaming from Bayamon Heart and Lung Institute
Jose Rodriguez Escudero, MD

Bifurcation Stenting: When to Choose Provisional and When is an Upfront Two-Stent Strategy Better?
Hector Martinez, MD

Antiplatelet Therapy after PCI – Is single antiplatelet therapy an option?
Orlando Rodriguez, MD

Viability Assessment: We Need It for Every Case?
3:15pm Coffee Break – Exhibitor Visit
3:30pm Session E: Fellows In Training I

Clinical Case Maria Rodriguez Santiago, MD / FIT – CCVPR

Clinical Case Raul Cota Ley, MD / FIT – HESLP

Clinical Case Juan Rivera Torres, MD / FIT – VACHCS
4:00pm Day Conclusion – Adjourn
Valentin Del Rio, MD



Welcoming Remarks

Valentín Del Río, MD, FACC – President & Governor ACC PR Chapter

Ricardo Santiago, MD, FACC – President Scientific Program Committee


Session F: Atrial Fibrillation

Moderator: Hector Banch, MD, Ricardo Perez, MD


Atrial Fibrillation Management: 2024 Update

Hilton Franqui, MD

First Line ablation for Persistent AF: Are we there?

Mahamed Kanj, MD

LAA closure devices for all patients: Is that appropriate?

Francisco Pérez, MD

Current State of the Art of Pulsed Field Ablation in AF ablation

Mahamed Kanj, MD


Coffee Break – Exhibitor Visit


Session G: Cardio-OB + ACHD Session



Controversies in the Management of Pregnant Patients with Heart Disease: Anticoagulation, Mode of Delivery and Medication Use

Katherine Economy, MD

When to refer to an adult congenital heart specialist?

Anne Valente, MD

Cardiovascular Disease Medications in Pregnancy

Carla Rodriguez, MD

Valve procedures in pregnancy – who, how and when?

Katherine Economy, MD

New diagnoses of congenital heart disease in adulthood

Anne Valente, MD


“Putting It All Together”: Interactive Case-Based Discussion

Katherine Economy, MD

Anne Valente, MD

Carla Rodriguez, MD

10:45amCoffee Break – Exhibitor Visit

Session H: Heart Failure + Cardiogenic Shock

Moderator:  Francisco Merced, MD Gisela Puig, MD


Heart Failure Management: 2024 Update

Adrian da Silva, MD

Update on Impella ECP the Worlds Smallest Heart Pump

Amir Kaki, MD

Mechanical Circulatory Support: When and How

Pedro Villablanca, MD

Escalation Strategies for Cardiogenic Shock

Amir Kaki, MD

12:00pmLunch Symposium

Session I: Fellows In Training II



Clinical Case

Hector Sepulveda Alemañy, MD / FIT – CCVPR

Clinical Case

Darcy Diago Blanco, MD / FIT – HESLP

Clinical Case

Luis Molinary Jimenez, MD / FIT – VACHCS


Session J: Cardiovascular Potpourri

Moderator:  Bayaon Ramos, MD


Novel Percutaneous Approach to Massive PE

Amir Kaki, MD

Management of Arterial Hypertension: 2024 Update

Alejandro Sanchez, MD

Renal Denervation: 2024 Update

Alejandro Sanchez, MD


Coffee Break – Exhibitor Visit

Session K: TAB




Master Lecture: Dr. José Eugenio López

Speaker National ACC

State of the Chapter

Valentin Del Rio

National ACC Update

Speaker National ACC


FIT Jeopardy

Hilton Franqui, MD


Day Conclusion – Adjourn

Valentin Del Rio, MD

Ponce School Medicine

Sponsorship Statement

This activity is sponsored by The Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc. and the American College of Cardiology Puerto Rico Chapter.

Accreditation Statement

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 the Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc., and American College of Cardiology Puerto Rico Chapter. The Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Provider’s No. 0007249, to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc is accredited by the Puerto Rico Board of Licensing and Medical Disciplines, provider’s No. 016-DC26-JLDM.

Credit Designation

The Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc designate this educational activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor and integrity in all of its sponsored educational activities.


All persons who are in a position to control the educational content of a sponsored activity are expected to disclose to the participants any relevant financial relationship(s) they have with the commercial supporters and/or providers of commercial services and/or manufacturers of any commercial products discussed during the educational activity. All conflicts of interest have been identified and resolved prior to the release of this activity.

Target Audience

This program is designed for physicians.

The Puerto Rico Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, on its 34th Meeting, will provide the most updated information regarding the management of basic and complex cardiovascular diseases and practice improvement.  A well-balanced scientific program has been developed, emphasizing appropriateness of care in patients with progressive and cardiovascular diseases and other relevant conditions carrying significant morbidity and mortality in our population.  Also, will highlight the application of current guidelines, existing and new technologies, and breakthroughs in the management and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.


Learning Objectives:

At the end of the program the participant should be able to:

  1. Understand differences between surgical and percutaneous approaches for aortic valve replacement in terms of patient selection, valve durability, accessibility, and long-term care.
  2. Gain perspective and provide updated data regarding Valve replacement alternatives in patients with bicuspid aortic valve.
  3. Provide a reliable and efficient pathway to manage patients with severe carotid stenosis, including revascularization and medical therapy.
  4. Recognize cancer-treatment-related cardiotoxicity and understand the best way to prevent and manage it.
  5. Understand different advanced cardiac imaging techniques available to assess immunotherapy-related cardiotoxicity.
  6. Gain knowledge on the diagnosis and management of cardiac amyloidosis.
  7. Provide a better understanding of a reliable viability assessment in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy.
  8. Evaluate data regarding the use of single antiplatelet therapy after percutaneous coronary interventions.
  9. Learn about how ablation can be considered as first line therapy for rhythm control in patients with atrial fibrillation.
  10. Gain perspective on proper management of pregnant patients with heart disease.
  11. Provide an updated approach on the management of cardiogenic shock, including the use of mechanical circulatory support.
  12. Learn about the novel percutaneous therapies available in the management of pulmonary embolism.

Provide a better understanding on how to treat arterial hypertension, including resistant hypertension with medical therapy and renal denervation.

FACC Member
Puerto Rico Chapter
In Good Standing


Cardiology Fellow In Training
Required Letter from Program Director


Internal Medicine Resident Required Letter from Program Director


Medical Student
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(Non Member Puerto Rico Chapter)

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Hospital or Practice Administrator
Medical Liaison

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Guest Faculty


ACC Puerto Rico Chapter Member in Good Standing


Cardiology Fellow in Training


Guest Faculty


Medical Student


Resident UDH Program


Resident Ponce Program


Resident VA Program


CVT Member In Good Standing
Accreditation valid only for NURSES


FACC Member Puerto Rico Chapter


Physician Non-Member


Internal Medicine Resident


CVT Non Member
Accreditation valid only for NURSES


Hospital or Practice Administrator Medical Liaison


Nurse and Technicians Non-Members


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