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Innovations in Cardiovascular Care Conference

CHRISTUS Spohn Innovations in Cardiac Care

Save the Date - October 10, 2020 – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Zoom Presentation

Meet some of our nations leading cardiologists and learn about the latest treatments and findings in cardiovascular care.

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Conference Zoom Address

CME Accreditation Statements

South Coastal Area Health Education Center is accredited by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. South Coastal Area Health Education Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The South Coastal Area Health Education Center designates Burn out in the ICU educational activity for up to 1 hour ethic/physician responsibility credit, as required for physicians by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners.

Nursing Approval Statement

CHRISTUS Spohn Ministry is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Louisiana State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. LSNA Provider No. 4002073l. This activity provides up to 8 contact hours.

Radiology Technologist Statement

This conference program is accepted by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and approved for up to 8 hours of Category A CE credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).

Educational Grants



About the Conference

The Innovations in Cardiovascular Care Conference features a series of accomplished national speakers who will be educating primary care physicians, cardiologists, nurses and allied health professionals about some of the latest treatments and findings in cardiovascular care.  Our conference goal is to share ideas and information among providers on the advancements in cardiac health.

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Conference Dates

Saturday, October 10, 2020
8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Zoom Presentation


Register at to reserve your seat and to receive education credits.

Registration Fees 

$50      Physicians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners
$25      CHRISTUS Physicians
$25      Non CHRISTUS Nursing/Radiology (RT)
Waived   CHRISTUS Spohn Associates (Nursing and Clinicians), Medical Residents

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Conference Committee Members

Srikanth Damaraju, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, Chairman
Interventional Cardiologist, Corpus Christi, TX

Shamim Badruddin-Mawji, M.D., FACC
Cardiologist, Corpus Christi, TX

Travis Taylor, M.D., FSCAI
Interventional Cardiologist, Corpus Christi, TX

Stephen Turner, M.D., FACC
Cardiologist, Corpus Christi, TX

MPA TO Bonifacio Vega, II, MPA

 Teri Cardenas, MBA Randy Mitten, RN
 Pat Clark, MSN, RN Ramiro Medina, RT
 Dawn Cramer Michele Mora-Trevino, MA
Sandria George RN, BSN, MHA Bonifacio Vega, II



Venugopal Menon, MD, FACC, FAHA 
Dr.  Menon is a staff cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging and Director of the Coronary Care Unit in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is Director of the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Training Program at the Cleveland Clinic and Associate Director of the Cleveland Clinic Coordinating Center for Clinical Research (C5). He is a Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University.

Saturday Schedule

8:00 am - 8:10 am

Osbert Blow, MD, PhD, FACS,  President & Chief Medical Officer, CHRISTUS   Spohn Health System 
Srikanth Damaraju, MD, FACC, FSCAI
5th Annual Innovations in Cardiac Care Chairman

8:10 am - 9:00 am

Shock: a critical care crisis in the age of COVID-19
Dr. Venu Menon

 9:00 am - 9:10 am Case directed approach - ECHO innovations
Dr. Shamim Badruddin-Mawji
9:10 am - 9: 45 am Innovations in Echocardiography
Dr. Enrique Garcia-Sayan
9:45 am – 10:00 a.m. Q & A – Morning Session
 10 am - 10:15 am


 10:15 am - 10: 20 am

A.M. Valvular HD case study
Dr. Raymond Acebo

 10:20 am - 10:50 am Red flags in echo reports: when to call the cardiologist
Dr. Raymond Stainback
10:50 am - 10: 55 am

A.M. PVD case study
Dr. Rob Webster

10:55 am - 11:30 am PVD - approach to the patient with ischemic limbs
Dr. Subhash Banerjee
 11:30 am - 11: 45 am ACS update
Dr. Lawrence Brenner
 11:45 am - 12:05 pm Syncope - approach for the clinician
Dr. Hans Moore
 12:05 pm – 12:15 pm Q & A – Lunch Session
 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm LUNCH
 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm Women and Heart Disease
Dr. Susan Wilansky
 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Adult congenital Heart disease
Dr. Peter Ermis
 1:45 pm - 2: 00 pm Hypertension in the age of COVID-19
Dr. Travis Taylor
 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm ECMO - an update for the clinician
Dr. Arthur Randolph Mielke
 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Q & A – Afternoon Session
 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm BREAK
 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm  Cardiovascular disease in the age of COVID-19 - Corpus Christi edition
Dr. Srikanth Damaraju
 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Pulmonary Hypertension: what everyone ought to know
Dr. Bindu Akkanti
 4:00 pm - 4: 45 pm Burnout in the ICU (1 hours of CME Ethics)
Dr. Kay Guntupalli
 4:45 pm – 5:00 pm  Q & A – Evening Session and Closing Remarks

Panel of Speakers

Bindu Akkanti, M.D., CMQ, FCCP - Houston, TX
Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical Director, Pulmonary
Rehabilitation, Wellness Center, Medical Director, Heart
Failure ICU, Heart & Vascular Institute, UT Health’s McGovern
School of Medicine

Shamim Badruddin-Mawji, M.D., FACC - Corpus Christi, TX

Subhash Banerjee, M.D., FACC - Dallas, TX
Professor at UT Southwestern Department of Internal
Medicine and Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Cardiac
Catheterization Laboratory at the VA North Texas Texas Health
Care System

Lawrence Brenner, MD, FACC - Corpus Christi, TX
Interventional Cardiologist

Srikanth Damaraju, M.D., FACC, FSCAI - Corpus Christi, TX
Interventional Cardiologist

Peter Ermis, M.D. - Houston, TX
Assistant Professor of Pediatric and Medicine of Cardiology at
Baylor College of Medicine Texas Children’s Hospital

Enrique Garcia-Sayan, M.D., FACC, FASE - Houston, TX
Director of Echocardiography and Associate Chief of
Cardiology at LBJ General Houston

Kay Guntupalli, M.D., MACP - Houston, TX
Professor and Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep
Medicine Section, Baylor College of Medicine

Venu Menon, M.D., FACC, FAHA – Cleveland, OH
Section Head of Clinical Cardiology and Director of Cardiac
Intensive Care Unit at Cleveland Clinic

Arthur R. Mielke, M.D., MAJ (P), MC - San Antonio, TX
Anesthesiologist, intensivist/ECMO Physician, Assistant
Medical Director ECMO Service, San Antonio Military
Medical Center

Hans Moore, M.D. - Washington DC
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Washington DC Veterans
Affairs Medical Center Cardiology

Raymond Stainback, M.D. - Houston, TX
Section Chief, Noninvasive Cardiology, Texas Heart Institute at
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

Travis Taylor, M.D., FSCAI - Corpus Christi, TX
Interventional Cardiologist

Susan Wilansky, M.D. - Phoenix, AZ
Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disease Specialist at the Mayo Clinic