CME Courses


Meeting Location:

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Harvey Morse Conference Center
8701 Gracie Allen Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90048

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This in depth educational symposium will explore gender specific issues in prevalence, risk factors, screening modalities, and medical management strategies, including antiatherosclerotic preventive management, symptom management, hypertension, cholesterol, hormone therapy, STEMI, resorbable stents, heart failure, statin intolerance, and coronary microvasculary dysfunction. The purpose of this conference is to close the knowledge gap of physicians and allied health care professionals regarding sex-specific differences in cardiovascular disease, the impact these differences have on treatment options, and to highlight the importance of identifying women at risk for cardiovascular disease by utilizing the most current evidence-based treatment strategies for improved patient outcomes.

Earn up to 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

  1. Describe how clinical manifestations of cardiovascular disease vary in women
  2. Recognize risk factors and the role genes, hormones and life circumstances play in CVD
  3. Focus clinical practice approach on the unique aspects of cardiovascular care for women to provide necessary resources for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of CVD in women
  4. Develop a genderspecific approach to the identification and diagnosis of obstructive disease in women
  5. Review results of the latest clinical trials to understand the benefits of CRT and ICD therapies in patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction
  6. Review results of latest clinical trials to understand the sex differences and/or data in efficacy in women with the new resorbable stents
  7. Identify statin intolerance risks in females
  8. Recognize the benefits and guidelines to utilizing PSCK9 inhibitors to achieve reductions in LDL cholesterol in women with statin intolerance
  9. Review results of SPRINT Trial specific to women in order to understand and examine clinical implications for management of hypertension in female and in the elderly


Ahmed Al-Badri, MD
- Los Angeles, CA
C Noel Bairey Merz, MD
- Los Angeles, CA
Phyllis L Blaunstein
- WomenHeart - los angeles, CA
David Chang, MD
- Beverly Hills, CA
Michele Hamilton, MD
- Beverly Hills, CA
Amir Lerman, MD
- Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN
Evan McCabe
- WomenHeart
Virginia Miller, PhD
- Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN
Margo Minissian, NP
- Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Barbra Streisand Womens Heart Center - Los Angeles, CA
Margareta Pisarska, MD
- Los Angeles, CA
Florian Rader, MD
Assist. Professor of Medicine; Co-Director of Clinic for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Aortopathies - Cedar-Sinai Heart Institute - Los Angeles, CA
Prediman Shah, MD
Director, Division of Cardiology - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - Los Angeles, CA
Chrisandra Shufelt, MD
- Los Angeles, CA
Siddharth Singh, MD
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - Los Angeles, CA
Balaji Tamarappoo, MD, PhD
- Los Angeles, CA
Louise Thomson, MD
Director of Cardiac MRI - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - Los Angeles, CA
Janet Wei, MD, FACC
- Los Angeles, CA
Parham Zarrini, MD
- Los Angeles, CA
Title Time Faculty Room
Registration, Breakfast and Exhibits 7:15AM - 7:45AM  
Introduction 7:45AM - 7:50AM C Noel Bairey Merz, MD
4th Annual Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Health Leadership Award 7:50AM - 8:00AM  
Keynote: Assessing cardiovascular risk for women: genes, hormones and life circumstances 8:00AM - 8:45AM Virginia Miller, PhD
Question and Answer 8:45AM - 9:00AM  
Breaks and Exhibits 9:00AM - 9:15AM  
Coronary microvascular dysfunction 9:15AM - 9:40AM Amir Lerman, MD
Case presentation – CMD Case 9:40AM - 9:50AM Ahmed Al-Badri, MD
Question and Answer 9:50AM - 10:00AM  
What is new in heart failure in women diagnosis, management 10:00AM - 10:25AM Michele Hamilton, MD
Question and Answer 10:25AM - 10:35AM  
How do you know you are NOT at risk for a heart attack ? 10:35AM - 11:00AM Janet Wei, MD, FACC
Question and Answer 11:00AM - 11:10AM  
Morning Faculty Panel Discussion 11:10AM - 11:35AM C Noel Bairey Merz, MD
(Panelist) Ahmed Al-Badri, MD
(Panelist) Michele Hamilton, MD
(Panelist) Janet Wei, MD, FACC
(Panelist) Virginia Miller, PhD
(Panelist) Amir Lerman, MD
(Panelist) Louise Thomson, MD
(Panelist) David Chang, MD
Overview of WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease 11:35AM - 11:45AM Phyllis L Blaunstein
Evan McCabe
Women’s Heart Alliance (advocacy update) 11:45AM - 12:00PM C Noel Bairey Merz, MD
Lunch 12:00PM - 12:45PM  
Science Fiction or Science Fact: weight loss, hormone changes, supplements, oh my! 12:45PM - 1:10PM Chrisandra Shufelt, MD
Question and Answer 1:10PM - 1:20PM  
Case Studies - Plant-Based Eating 1:20PM - 1:30PM Janet Wei, MD, FACC
Case Studies - Preventive Screening 1:30PM - 1:40PM Balaji Tamarappoo, MD, PhD
Case Studies - Tobacco and Depression 1:40PM - 1:50PM Margo Minissian, NP
Cholesterol 2017: How to manage statin intolerance PSCK9 inhibitors 1:50PM - 2:15PM C Noel Bairey Merz, MD
Question and Answer 2:15PM - 2:25PM  
Hypertension, SPRINT Trial results what does this mean for older patients? 2:25PM - 2:50PM Florian Rader, MD
Hypertension case presentation 2:50PM - 3:00PM Parham Zarrini, MD
Question and Answer 3:00PM - 3:10PM  
Afternoon Faculty Panel Discussion 3:10PM - 3:35PM C Noel Bairey Merz, MD
(Panelist) Margareta Pisarska, MD
(Panelist) Chrisandra Shufelt, MD
(Panelist) Janet Wei, MD, FACC
(Panelist) Balaji Tamarappoo, MD, PhD
(Panelist) Margo Minissian, NP
(Panelist) Prediman Shah, MD
(Panelist) Florian Rader, MD
(Panelist) Parham Zarrini, MD
(Panelist) Siddharth Singh, MD
Post Test 3:35PM - 3:40PM  
Adjourn 3:40PM - 3:50PM  

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

All course material will be available online only, no paper copies will be available at the course.