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Program Directors

Steven R. Bailey, MD, MSCAI, FACC, FACP

Chief, Division of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine and Radiology
Janey Briscoe Distinguished Chair
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

John M. Erikson, MD, PhD, FACC, FASE

Professor of Medicine
Program Director,
Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

Program Co-Directors

S. Hinan Ahmed, MD, FSCAI

Associate Professor
Clinical and Interventional Fellowship
Associate Program Director
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

Chad N. Stasik, MD

Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

Program Overview

2016 Cardiology Fiesta will provide the attendee with clinical and evidence-based relevant presentations representing real-world case scenarios. Stimulating discussions and debates in an interactive format are designed to improve patient care.  Case-based presentations will enhance and illustrate state-of-the-art evidence and best clinical practice. Updates on rapidly evolving technology and techniques given by a world renowned faculty will help the attendee understand their role in the future.

Topic reviews will provide up-to-date information regarding new outcomes studies.  Using case-based examples and interactive audience response systems, the attendee will be incorporated into the decision making process for specific disease states. This will allow the participant to weigh risk versus benefits of therapeutic choices. Taped cases will provide content-appropriate presentation of how procedures are performed along with the risks and benefits. Finally, clinical outcomes will be presented demonstrating patient-focused benefits for the clinician to use in making clinical care choices.

Target Audience

The 2016 Cardiology Fiesta Symposium has been designed to meet the educational needs of:

  • Interventional Cardiologists who wish to learn about new interventional techniques
  • Non Invasive Cardiologists and Physicians who manage patients with complex cardiovascular conditions
  • General Practice Physicians who wish to improve their care of patients with cardiovascular disease
  • Nurse Practitioners, Intensive Care Nurses and Catheterization Laboratory Personnel who wish to learn more about patient selection and management of complex conditions


Upon completion of this CME activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review the new appropriate use guidelines and emerging concepts in MI and ACS Therapy
  • Evaluate the optimal methods for quantitating myocardial ischemia
  • Contrast and compare non-invasive imaging methodologies in diagnosing and planning treatment strategies for valvular heart disease and atherosclerosis
  • Review optimal treatment modalities for complex coronary lesions such as left main and bifurcation lesions
  • Identify interventional techniques for treatment of atrial fibrillation and decreasing the risk of systemic embolization including medication and devices
  • Identify the roles of transcatheter and surgical therapies in patients with complex valvular heart disease
  • Describe treatment strategies for the management of Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Understand the current indications and outcomes of Endovascular Therapies of thoracic and abdominal aorta disease
  • Review the emerging indications for treating congenital heart disease