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Cardiology professionals are facing challenging times in healthcare management with growing educational needs as the field continues to advance. The Kansas Chapter of the American College of Cardiology presents the 7th Annual VIRTUAL Cardiovascular Symposium on Saturday, October 10, 2020. This premier educational event will provide updates in cardiovascular medicine by leading experts in their field. The presenters are leaders in the cardiology realm and will discuss real world topics. Attendees will include cardiologists, primary care physicians, fellows in training, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants from surrounding areas.

An Invitation to Our Colleagues

Invitation from the President


Please plan to attend this year’s VIRTUAL Annual Scientific Meeting on October 10th! The Planning Committee, led by Dr. Prashanth Katrapati, has an excellent program in store for us! The Past President of the ACC, Dr. Richard Kovacs, will update us on the important work of the ACC during these challenging times. He will also present a session on Sports Cardiology. Many very timely topics on the agenda include exciting new developments in electrophysiology, cardiooncology, heart failure, and general cardiology. We’ll be updated on the latest in Managing Arrhythmias, Cardio-Renal Syndrome, CT FFR, Cardio-Oncology, Aortic Stenosis, Protected PCI, Venous Disease, Advanced Heart Failure, Over the Counter Medication Drug Interactions, and an Artificial Intelligence Approach to Cardiovascular therapies. Fellows in Training will close out the day with an overview of the Top 10 Clinical Trials of the Year. While we may not be together physically, It’s always fun to catch up with colleagues from across the state. Our virtual meeting platform will provide a new and unique ways to interact. I very much hope to see you there on October 10th!

Very Sincerely,
Steven D. Owens, MD KS-ACC Governor

Keynote Speaker


A graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Cincinnati, School of Medicine, Dr. Kovacs completed an internship and residency at the Indiana University Medical Center. His fellowship training also was at Indiana University, where he served as chief fellow and chief medical resident. He joined the full time faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1986 as Assistant Professor, subsequently serving as the medical director and CEO of Methodist Research Institute. Dr. Kovacs is a clinical cardiologist, and serves as the service line leader of Cardiology for Indiana University Health Physicians. At the IU School of Medicine, Dr. Kovacs has served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Research and Associate Director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He has served as the Chair of Institutional Review Board for the Biomedical Sciences and the Chair of the IRB Executive Committee. He has served on the Joint ACC/AHA Taskforce on Practice Guidelines, the National Cardiovascular Data Registries Management Board, and the Cardiac Safety Research Consortium. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees for the American College of Cardiology, has chaired the ACC Board of Governors, served as Secretary of the ACC, Vice President and President of the ACC. His research focuses on three clinical topics: quality and measurement of quality, drug safety and sports cardiology. He has published extensively on the pro-arrhythmic effects of nonantiarrhythmic drugs. Dr. Kovacs was a co-chair of the committee that revised the AHA/ACC Eligibility and Disqualification Recommendations for Competitive Athletes with Cardiovascular Abnormalities. He has served on many ACC committees, Chairing the Science and Quality Committee. He is a member of the ACC Sports and Cardiology Section and oversees the cardiovascular evaluations of players at the Annual National Football League Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Schedule of Events & Faculty

7:45 AM

Opening Remarks and Awards Presentation

Steven Owens, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Ashutosh Bapat, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Olathe Medical Center Olathe, KS

Steven Marso, M.D., F.A.C.C.

HCA Midwest Kansas City, MO

8:00 AM

Keynote Speaker

ACC State of Affairs

Richard Kovacs, M.D., M.A.C.C.

Gopi Dandamudi, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.H.R.S.

CHI Franciscan Health System Tacoma, WA

Peter McCullough, M.D., F.A.C.C.

BaylorScott & white Heart and Vascular Hospital Dallas, TX

8:30 AM

Sports Cardiology Case-Based Discussion

Richard Kovacs, M.D., M.A.C.C

9:00 AM

Electrophysiology Session

Arrhythmias Complicating End Stage Heart Failure

Rakesh Gopinathannair , M.D., F.A.C.C.

His Bundle Pacing

Gopi Dandimudi, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Managing Arrhythmias in Cardiac Sarcoid

Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.H.R.S.

Matt Danter, M.D., F.A.C.C.

University of Kansas Health System
Overland Park, KS

Tochi Okwuosa, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A.

Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

10:30 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM

Heart Failure/Imaging Session

Navigating the Challenges of Cardio-Renal Syndrome

Peter McCullough, M.D., F.A.C.C.


Markus Scherer, M.D., F.A.C.C

Cardio-Oncology-An Update

Tochi Okwuosa, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Changing Faces of Aortic Stenosis

Ashutosh Bapat, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Rakesh Gopinathannair, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., F.H.R.S.

HCA Midwest
Kansas City Heart Rhythm
Overland Park, KS

Rajendran Sabapathy, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., R.P.V.I.

HCA Midwest
Overland Park, KS

Richard Kovacs, M.D., M.A.C.C.

Indiana University Indianapolis, IN

Markus Scherer, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute Charlotte, NC

Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.H.R.S.

HCA Midwest
Kansas City Heart Rhythm
Overland Park, KS

Josef Stehlik, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C.

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Sara Zoubek, Pharm.D.

University of Kansas Health System
Overland Park, KS

1:00 PM

Lunch & Networking Break

1:30 PM

Interventional Session

Protected PCI

Steven Marso, , M.D., F.A.C.C.

Venous Disease: Evaluation and Treatment

Rajendran Sabapathy, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., R.P.V.I.

Advanced Heart Failure, A Surgical Perspective: Transplant/LVAD Matt Danter, M.D.,
3:00 PM

General Cardiology Session

Continuous Wearable Monitoring Device in Predicting Heart Failure

Josef Stehlik, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C

Over-The-Counter Medication Interaction with Cardiovascular Medications

Sara Zoubek, Pharm.D.

4:00 PM

Top 10 Clinical Trials

Fellows in Training will provide an overview of the Top 10 Clinical Trials from 2019-2020.

Continuing Education Credit Information


  • Discuss the role of arrhythmia management in end-stage heart failure
  • Describe the risks/benefits of his-bundle pacing
  • Describe the impact of arrhythmias in cardiac sarcoid
Sports Cardiology:
  • Identify key issues related to cardiovascular health in athletes
Heart Failure/Imaging:
  • Discuss the mechanisms of cardio-renal syndrome.
  • Describe the role of CT-FFR in the evaluation of chest pain/ acute coronary syndromes.
  • Describe and understand the care of a individual with concomitant cardiovascular and oncologic diseases.
  • • Describe the pathophysiology of aortic stenosis and nuances of imaging.
Interventional Cardiology:
  • Describe the role of complex high risk PCI in the modern cath lab.
  • Explain the evaluation and treatment of venous disease.
  • Recognize the options for the surgical treatment of end-stage heart failure.
General Cardiology:
  • Understand the management of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Describe common cardiovascular medication side effects/ interactions.
  • Discuss the update on major trials of 2019-2020

Continuing Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of Kansas Medical Center Office of Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development and Kansas Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.
The University of Kansas Medical Center Office of Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit Designation: The University of Kansas Medical Center Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
APRNs/Nurses: The University of Kansas Medical Center Area Health Education Center East is approved as a provider of CNE by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 7.8 contact hour(s) applicable for APRN, RN, or LPN relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number: LT0056-0749. Mary Beth Warren, MS, RN, Coordinator.
Pharmacy Credit: Application is submitted and is pending approval by The Kansas Board of Pharmacy. KBOP Accreditation statement and hours will be available upon approval
Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) Credit: Request for application has been made. CCT Accreditation statement and hours will be available upon approval.


Prashanth Katrapati, MD, FACC, FSCAI


Ashutosh Bapat, MBBS, FACC
Katie Christensen, BSN, MSN, NP-C
Monya Floyd
Rakesh Gopinathannair , MD, MA, FHRS, FACC, FAHA
Bhanu Gupta, MD
Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MBBS, FACC
Steve Owens, MD, FACC
Charles Porter, MD, FACC, FACP
Beth Quick-Andrews, CAE
Rajendran Sabapathy, MD, FACC, FSCAI, RPVI
Jane Titterington, MD, FACC
Zubair Shah, MD
Patrycja Wiczynska, Pharm.D., BCCP