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Sports Cardiology & Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Young

Causes | Rare Consequences | Diagnose & Manage

Keynote Speaker:

Michael J. Ackerman, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Pharmacology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Director of the Long QT Syndrome/Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic and the Sudden Death Genomics
Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic

Michael J. Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D., studies genomics and genotype-phenotype relationships in heritable cardiovascular diseases predisposing to sudden death.

In the Mayo Clinic Windland Smith Rice Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory, Dr. Ackerman and his colleagues have research interests that include genomics, mutational analysis and novel gene discovery related to the cardiac channelopathies such as long QT syndrome, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia and sudden unexplained death, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and inherited sarcomere diseases such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

In addition, as director of the Long QT Syndrome Clinic, Dr. Ackerman has active clinical and translational research efforts devoted to identifying individuals at greatest risk of sudden death. These projects include autonomic nervous system studies and overnight sleep studies.

Conference Overview:

The conference will create an opportunity for all those involved in the care of athletes and young individuals in general to gain up to date education relating to the effects of athletic training and the diagnosis and management of individuals with inherited cardiac diseases, in the hope of preventing tragic young sudden deaths in the future.

This biennial event attracts the world’s leading experts on sports cardiology and sudden cardiac death in the young.

The aim of this conference is to draw together experts in the fields of sports cardiology, inherited cardiac diseases and sudden cardiac death in the young, who will present contemporary topics and developments in their respective fields.

Date and time:

Friday – January 20, 2017, 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday – January 21, 2017, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Early Bird Rates:
Physician | $400
Nurse/Fellow/Other | $ 300
Resident/Med Student | $25

Standard Pricing after 12/30/16:
Physician | $450
Nurse/Fellow/Other | $ 350
Resident/Med Student | $75


Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel
1600 South Disneyland Drive Sequoia Ballroom
Anaheim, CA 92808

Room block & rates at Disney’s Grand Californian are available now through Dec. 29, 2016.
Please call 714-520-5005 and mention CHOC.

Click here for directions

Program Director:

Anjan S Batra, MD, FHRS
Director of Electrophysiology
CHOC Hospital in Orange

Section Chief and Vice Chair of Pediatrics
University of California, Irvine

Contact: For questions: (800) 329-2900

Fees: Please see

Refund/Cancellation Policy:
A written notice of cancellation must be received by Monday, December 19, 2016.

All admin fees and credit card transaction fees are NOT refundable.

A $100 cancellation fee will be assessed. After Monday, December 19, 2016, cancellation requests cannot be honored.

Substitutions are allowed.

We understand from time to time, emergencies do occur.  However, due to our contracted food & beverage minimums and hotel room block, we will be unable to refund any registration fees past the Monday, December 19, 2016 deadline.

Questions? Please call 800-329-2900 or email


CHOC is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:
CHOC designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 CME hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this live activity.

Financial Disclosure:
Unrestricted educational grants are being sought in support of this live activity.


(Subject to change)

DAY 1 – FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017

7:00 am | Registration/Check-in/Continental Breakfast

8:00 am | Welcome and Overview

Session 1: Interpretation of the ECG and echo in the Young Athlete: NORMAL or ABNORMAL?
Chair: Stuart Berger, MD

  1. Athletic Specific ECG Criteria – Reading with the Experts  – M.Silka, MD
  2. Differentiation of the Athlete’s heart – W. Lai, MD
  3. Unexplained Exertional Syncope – What To Do?  – B. Cannon, MD
  4. Screening With or Without an ECG – How Can We Resolve the Debate?  – R. Chang, MD, MPH
  5. Panel Discussion / Audience Q&A

10:00 am | Break

Session 2: Genomics of SCA
Chair: Anjan Batra, MD, FHRS

  1. State of Genetic Testing in Cardiac Channelopthies and Cardiomyopathies – YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED!  –M. Ackerman, MD, PhD, FAAC
  2. Current Limitations and Future Potential of Genomics in Predicting SCD – A. Chang, MD, MBA, MPH
  3. Panel discussion /Audience Q&A

12 – 1:30 pm | Lunch on your own

Session 3: Risk Stratification of SCD
Chair: Michael Ackerman, MD, PhD, FAAC

  1. Debate: Current cardiac screening practices in professional sports and NCAA sports – Is This Where We Should Be Going With Screening?
    a.    Pro – Y. Bar Cohen, MD
    b.    Con – S. Berger, MD
  2. Debate: Should an HCM Patient with an ICD be Allowed to Play Competitive Sports?
    a.    ProA. Batra, MD
    b.    Con – I. Law, MD
  3. Panel discussion / Audience Q&A

2:50 pm | Break

Session 4: The Cardiologist as a member of the Sports Medicine Team – Panel Discussion
Chair: Michael Silka, MD

  • Understand the Role of a Sports Medicine Team  –  A. Brock, Athletic Trainer and C. Koutures, MD
  • Is Having a Cardiologist as a Member of the Sports Medicine Team Helpful? – K. Shannon, MD

Session 5 – “Real World” Cases – Put me in Coach, I’m ready to play (audience response)

  1. Mild-Moderate Congenital Heart Disease – J. Moore, MD
  2. The Patient with a Pacemaker –  A. McCanta, MD
  3. Post-op Tetralogy of Fallot with PVCs – R. Kantor, MD

4:30 pm | End of Day 1



7:00 am | Registration/Check-in/Continental Breakfast

8:00 am | Welcome

Keynote Session:  Athletes with ICDs – What is the Data?
David Cannom, MD, FACC

Session 6: Integrating the Cardiologist on the Sports Medicine Team: The USA Volleyball Experience and What We Have Learned
Chair: Yaniv Bar Cohen, MD
Panel: P. Grossfeld, MD, C. Koutures, MD, C. Davis, MD, A. Brock, Athletic Trainer

10:00 am | Break

Session 7 – Sports Cardiology in Young Athletes
Chair: Ronald Kantor, MD

  1. IOM Report on Cardiac Arrest: Implications for Children, Athletes & Teenagers – D. Atkins, MD
  2. Common Non-Cardiac Sports Problems – Orthopedic and Concussion– C. Koutures, MD
  3. Are the Risk Factors for SCA in Children with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy the Same as Those in Adults? – S. Balaji, MBBS, FRCP, PhD
  4. Panel discussion / Audience Q&A

12 Noon – 1:30 p.m. | Hosted Lunch – Physicians: Networking

12 Noon – 1:30 p.m. | Hosted Lunch – Nursing: Networking/Review
Nursing Track Session
Chair: Melissa Olen, ARNP

  1. Pharmacological Management Options for the Patient at Risk of SCD – M. Olen, ARNP
  2. Programming Tips and Troubleshooting to Prevent Inappropriate ICD Discharges – F. Tuozo, MSN, NP
  3. Identifying Red Flags on EKG Screening – B. Dechert-Crooks
  4. LQT Syndrome Masked by Coexisting Congenital Heart Disease – S. Shepard
  5. Panel discussion /Audience Q&A

Session 8 – Basic Exercise Physiology and Sports Cardiology
Chair: Seshadri Balaji, MBBS, FRCP, PhD

  1. Research in Sports and Exercise Cardiology: Challenges, Opportunities, Future Directions – D. Cooper, MD
  2. Utility of Exercise Testing in Determining the Risk of SCD – I. Law, MD
  3. Heat Stroke: When it is and When it is Not  – C. Koutures, MD
  4. Panel Discussion

2:45 pm | Break

Session 9 – ECG Screening and Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in Schools: What is the Role of the Primary Care Physician (PCP)?
Chair: Kevin Shannon, MD
Panel: Jim Cappon, MD, Marc Lerner, MD, Jim Korb, MD PCP

4:00 pm | Adjourn


Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
1600 South Disneyland Drive Sequoia Ballroom
Anaheim, CA 92808

Hotel Accommodations
CHOC has a negotiated conference rate of for our participants. Space is limited.  Call 714-520-5005 and mention the CHOC Conference rate.

Discounted Disneyland Park Tickets
Please inquire when booking your room.