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Keynote Speaker

Ralph G. Brindis, MD, MPH, MACC, FSCAI, FAHA

Dr. Brindis is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and serves on the affiliate faculty of the Phil R. Lee Institute of Health Policy Studies at UCSF. He presently is the Senior Medical Officer, External Affairs, for the ACC National Cardiovascular Registry (ACC-NCDR). Dr. Brindis was the President of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) from 2010 to 2011 and the Senior Advisor for Cardiovascular Disease for the Northern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group from 2003 to 2012. He received his undergrad education at MIT and has a Master's Degree in Public Health from UCLA. He graduated Emory Medical School Summa Cum Laude. All of his graduate medical training was performed at UCSF as a Resident and Chief Resident in Internal Medicine and then as a Cardiology Fellow.

Dr. Brindis has served previously as the ACC Governor of Northern California and as Past President of the California Chapter of the ACC. Dr. Brindis is past Chair of the ACC-NCDR Management Board now overseeing seven cardiovascular national registries assessing cardiac catheterization and angioplasty, implantable defibrillators, carotid stenting, percutaneous valve implantation, acute coronary syndromes, ambulatory cardiovascular medical management and congenital heart disease. He is past Chair of the ACC Appropriateness Use Criteria Task Force developing appropriateness criteria for non-invasive testing and coronary revascularization procedures in cardiovascular disease. He has also served as Chair of the ACC Quality Strategic Directions Committee. Dr. Brindis was the 2007 recipient of the national ACC Distinguished Fellow Award and granted the Master’s designation of the ACC in 2011.

Dr. Brindis is active as a volunteer in the American Heart Association (AHA) having served on the California Affiliate Board and previously as President and member of the Board of the AHA San Francisco Division. Dr. Brindis is the Chair of the Cardiac Advisory Panel of the State of California OSHPD initiative overseeing public reporting of hospital and physician specific CABG mortality along with serving on the Advisory Board of California’s State Pilot program for PCI without surgical on-site capability. Dr. Brindis is a Trustee for the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. Dr. Brindis presently serves as consultant on the FDA medical advisory panel for circulatory devices and has previously served as a panelist for MEDCAC. He presently serves on FDA’s MDEpiNet National Registries Task Force, a public private partnership implementing innovative Post-market medical device surveillance strategies. Dr. Brindis is performing consultative work with the Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center assessing value in healthcare along with serving on the steering committee of SMARTCare, a CMMI project implementing innovative quality CV care for patients with ischemic heart disease. Dr. Brindis has well over one hundred and thirty publications in peer reviewed cardiovascular journals.

Dr. Brindis is a general adult cardiologist following a career as an interventional cardiologist presently performing consultative cardiology with the UCSF medical residency and cardiology fellowship teaching program. His major interest in process measures and outcomes assessment in cardiovascular care had led to helping create and implement various Cardiovascular Guidelines for Northern California Kaiser Permanente.

Featured Speakers

Arnold M. Einhorn, MD - Co-Medical Director

Board Certifications: ​Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology, Computed Tomography

Subspecialties: Cardiac Catheterization, Pacemakers, Cardiac Echocardiography, Transesophageal Echocardiography, Cardiac CT And MRI, Nuclear Cardiology

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Ashish K. Gupta, MD, MSc, PhD

Board Certifications: Internal Medicine

Subspecialties: Invasive Cardiology, Complex Coronary Interventions including Chronic Occlusions, Management of Peripheral Arterial Disease, Critical Limb Ischemia and Limb Salvage with an Endovascular Approach, Catheter-Based Phramacomechanical Treatments for Pulmonary Embolism, DVT and Acute Arterial Thrombotic Occlusions, Invasive Imaging Modalities ( IVUS, OCT and ICE)

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Ashish K Gupta MD

Deepak P. Vivek, MD

Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology

Subspecialties: Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology Interventional Cardiology specializing in Coronary, Peripheral and Carotid Intervention

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Farhan J. Khawaja, MD

Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular Medicine, Endovascular Medicine, Registered Physician Vascular Interpretation, and Nuclear Cardiology

Subspecialties: Interventional Cardiology, Radial Artery Catheterization and Interventions, Peripheral Arterial Disease – Claudication, Critical Limb Ischemia, Limb Salvage Procedures, Carotid Stenting, Thoracic and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms and Venous Interventions

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Luis I. Garcia, MD

Board Certifications: ​Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Subspecialties: ​Radio Frequency Ablation, Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD), Pacemaker, Arrhythmia Management, Atrial Fibrillation, PVCs and Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation

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M. Carolina Demori, MD

Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Disease, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Adult Echocardiography and Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

Subspecialties:​ Cardiovascular Disease in Women, Cardio-Oncology, Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation, Pulmonary Hypertension, Nuclear Cardiology and Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging

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M Carolina Demori MD

Stephen K Ball, MD

Board Certifications: Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Subspecialties: Less Invasive Surgery  for Coronary Artery Disease, Minimally Invasive Ligation of Left Atrial Appendage, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), Minimally Invasive Approaches to Mitral Valve/Tricuspid Valve Surgery

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Stephen K Ball MD

Vijaykumar S. Kasi, MD, FACC, PhD

Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Endovascular Medicine, Internal Medicine

Subspecialties: Regenerative Medicine, Heart Failure, Coronary Angioplasty, Coronary Artery Disease and high-risk Coronary Interventions, Structural Heart Disease, TAVR, ASD/PFO Closure, Mitra-clip, Peripheral Arterial and Venous Disease, Revascularization for Critical Limb Ischemia include Carotid Stenting and Pulmonary Embolism Lysis with EKOS Catheter System

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