Scientific Meeting 2024

Transformative Life Saving Therapies: Health, Economics and Clinical Practice

The excitement has peaked, and the results are in! 

The winners of the free 2-nights stay at The Royal Sonesta Hotel in Puerto Rico during their attendance to our 2024 Annual Scientific Convention are:


Dr. Ivan Cerezo Faure


Juan Fuentes, RN, MSN

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

07:50amWelcoming Remarks

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

Ricardo Santiago, MD, FACC
President Scientific Program Committee
08:00amSession A: Transcatheter Therapies for Aortic Stenosis

LIVE Case 1 – TAVR
Live Streaming from Bayamon Heart and Lung Institute
Pedro Colón, MD

Aortic Valve Calcium Score: An alternative to Doppler echocardiography in the diagnosis and outcomes of patients with severe stenosis
Ismael Ortíz, MD

Guidelines vs. Practice: Is it prime time for TAVR in low-risk patients?
Héctor Martínez, MD

Treatment decisions in Aortic Stenosis: How does performance and durability impact valve choice in 2024
Alejandro López, MD

Optimal antithrombotic therapy after TAVR: What are the Gaps in knowledge?
Eric Avilés, MD
09:35amCoffee Break – Exhivitor Visit
09:50amSession B: Carotid Artery Disease

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
11:20amCoffee Break – Exhibitor Visit
11:35amSession C: Advanced Cardiac Imaging + Cardio-Oncology Session

Role of Cardiac CT in Cardio-Oncology
Juan Lopez-Mattei, MD

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

Cardiac Masses: The Role of Cardiovascular Imaging in the Differential Diagnosis
Juan Lopez-Mattei, MD

Advanced Cardiac Imaging Techniques to Assess Immunotherapy Related Cardiotoxicity
Lauren A. Baldassarre, MD
12:50pmLunch Symposium
01:50pmSession D: Coronary Artery Disease

LIVE Case 3 – Coronary Lithotripsy and Bifurcation PCI

Live Streaming from Bayamon Heart and Lung Institute
Ricardo Santiago, MD
José Rodríguez Escudero, MD
Darshan Doshi, MD

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

Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL): A giant leap in the management of calcium
Darshan Doshi, MD

Protected PCI in Complex High-Risk Patients: Update on Impella ECP the World’s Smallest Heart Pump
Amir Kaki, MD
03:45pmSession E: Fellows In Training I

Walking on collaterals: Unveiling Discrepancies in Gender-Based Variances in Peripheral Artery Disease
Maria Rodriguez Santiago, MD

Everyone Deserves a Last Hurrah: A case of Interventricular Septal Rupture
Raul Cota Ley, MD

Valve-in-Valve Using Edwards Sapien 3 Following Failed Evolut R Implantation in a Degenerated Surgical Bioprosthesis
Juan Rivera Torres, MD
04:30pmDay Conclusion – Adjourn
Valentin Del Rio, MD

07:50amWelcoming Remarks

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

Ricardo Santiago, MD, FACC
President Scientific Program Committee
08:00amSession F: Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation Management: 2024 Update
Hilton Franqui, MD

First Line ablation for Persistent AF: Are we there?
Mohamed 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
Mohamed Kanj, MD
09:10amCoffee Break – Exhibitor Visit
09:25amSession 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
Anne Valente, 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
Anne Valente, MD

“Putting It All Together”: Interactive Case-Based Discussion
Katherine Economy, MD
Anne Valente, MD
Carla Rodríguez, MD
10:45amCoffee Break – Exhibitor Visit
11:00amSession H: Heart Failure + Cardiogenic Shock

Heart Failure Management: 2024 Expert Consensus Decision Pathway
Adrian da Silva, MD

Right Time, Right Therapy: The Changing Landscape of Advanced Heart Failure Therapies
Himabindu Vidula, MD

Challenges in the Evaluation and Management of Obese Patients with Heart Failure: Is there a chance to tip the scale?
Adrian da Silva, MD

Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction is still Heart Failure
Juan Nieves, MD

12:05pmLunch Symposium
01:05pmSession I: Fellows In Training JEOPARDY
01:45pmSession J: Fellows In Training II

Unmasking a rare cause of decompensated HFpEF: A timely diagnosis of congenital heart disease in a middle-aged man
Héctor Sepulveda Alemañy, MD

The great masquerade: A rare case of masked Yamaguchi Syndrome
Darcy Diago Blanco, MD

Breaking Ground: Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Repair – A Landmark First Case Presentation
Luis Molinary Jiménez, MD

Effective management of AICD-associated endocarditis with AngioVac and laser lead extraction
Alexandra Lackey, MD
FIT Florida
02:25pmCoffee Break – Exhibitor Visit
02:40pmSession K: Cardiovascular Potpourri

Novel Percutaneous Approach to Massive PE
Amir Kaki, MD

Use of Intravascular Imaging for Left Main Interventions
Darshan Doshi, MD

Transcatheter tricuspid valve replacement: The new TAVR!
Hemal Gada, MD
03:45pmSession L: National ACC Feature and Updates

Master Lecture: Dr. José Eugenio López
Escalation Strategies for Cardiogenic Shock: Do we have what it takes in Puerto Rico?
Amir Kaki, MD

State of the Chapter
Valentin Del Rio, MD
National ACC Update
Himabindu Vidula, MD
04:30pmDay 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.

8:00am Welcome Remarks
Abigail Matos Pagan, DNP, ANPC, RN- CVT Section President
8:15am Focus on Prevention to lower cardiovascular disease global burden
Abigail Matos, DNP, AACC, RN
Miriam Nieto, PhD, AACC, RN
8:45am Stroke prevention in subclinical AFib
Dr. Karen Rodríguez, MD, FACC
9:20am Micronutrients for heart health: what is the evidence
9:50am Back to Lp(a) in CVD: Update
10:15am Coffee Break and Exhibit Viewing
10:35am New Echocardiographic Methods
11:15am Artificial Intelligence in Cardiology
Ariel Gonzalez, MD
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm UPDATE on Robotics for cardiac interventions
Ismael Ortiz, MD, FACC
2:00pm Where are we on the anti-obesity WAR to benefit CV Health
Miriam Nieto, PhD, AACC, RN
2:30pm Differences in Pharmacologic Treatment for Obesity: New Evidence
Kyle Melin, PharmD, BCPS
3:30pm Therapies to treat inflammation
Kyle Melin, PharmD, BCPS
8:00am Welcome Remarks
Miriam Nieto, PhD, AACC, RN- CVT Section Secretary
8:30am Commotio Cordis or sudden cardiac dysrhythmia
Abigail Matos, DNP, ARNP, AACC, RN
9:00am Recent advances in congenital heart defects
Carla Rodriguez, MD, FACC
9:30am Fluids or vasopressors in unstable hemodynamics
Kevin Torres, MSNs, CCRN, CMC, RN
10:00am Coffee Break and Exhibit Viewing
10:30am Review of Guidelines: Cardiac Surgery Advance Life Support
Kevin Torres, MSNs, CCRN, CMC, RN
11:00am Focus update on the Guidelines for Heart Failure
Francisco Merced, MD, FACC
11:30am Gender Differences in arrythmias
Helder Hernandez, MD, FACC
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Advances in drugs, ablation, and devices for cardiac arrhythmias
Hilton Franqui, MD, FACC
2:00pm Advances in Heart Failure Transplantation
Juan J. Nieves, MD, FACC
2:30pm Physiologic process at end of life: when and what to do
Sandra Zapata, MSN, RN
3:00pm Interprofessional and family communication at end of life
Sandra Zapata, MSN, RN
3:30pm CVT Section updates
Abigail Matos, DNP, AACC, RN
Miriam Nieto, PhD, AACC, RN


Royal Sonesta San Juan Hotel
5961 Ave. Isla Verde, Carolina, 00979


    • $379.00 Pool View
    • $409.00 Ocean View
    • $529.00 Royal Club Room
    • From $899.00 Suites

*Rates do not include applicable state and local taxes

To make room reservations: 

  1. Contact the hotel at 787-791-6100 and then Press 0, and refer to the group name – American College of Cardiology.
  2. Make their reservations through our website by clicking on this Group link – American College of Cardiology
  3. Cut-Off Date – MARCH 28, 2024, afterwards the regular rate will apply.