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The Annual Pittsburgh Heart Team Summit provides tools to physicians and physician extenders, including those in surgery and cardiology, which enables collaboration in the care of patients with cardiovascular diseases.  The objectives remain to advance the team concept of patient care. 

The target audience includes cardiologist, cardiac surgeons and physicians/providers caring for patients with cardiovascular diseases. Nurses, physician assistants, and perfusionists also find educational opportunities by attending the summit. Our needs assessment indicates the target audience benefits by the Summit’s education as it relates to:

  • Learning of the academic accomplishments of post-graduates in the region;
  • Understanding the value of a team approach to cardiovascular diseases;
  • Developing tools that help direct their patients towards appropriate therapies;
  • Creating effective communication methods between specialties;
  • Appreciating the most recent evidence based guidelines for cardiovascular care.

Physicians infrequently have the opportunity to interactively discuss current guideline based care with surgeons and cardiologists.  The summit encourages improved team dynamics and compare cooperative expertise while educating physicians and health care providers about ways to work together for improved patient safety and clinical efficiency. 

In 2023, the Summit will integrate the cultures and expertise of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and affiliated specialties primarily from the Greater Pittsburgh Medical Community.  Western Pennsylvania regional physicians, physician extenders and providers will interact with the speakers and faculty during the live, interactive presentations and discussions.  Learners may earn educational credits during this in-person event.

Pittsburgh Heart Summit Steering Committee

Andy Kiser, MD

Chief, Cardiac Surgery
Director, Cardiovascular Leadership Group
St. Clair Health

Christopher Pray, MD

Director, Cardiovascular Imaging
Director, Heart Failure Program
St. Clair Health

Malamo Countouris, MD

Co-director of the Bridges Postpartum Hypertension Clinic at Magee Womens Heart Center
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Stephen Bailey, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery
Magovern Endowed Chair, Department
of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Allegheny Health Network

David Lasorda, DO

Director, Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Director, Interventional Cardiology
Allegheny Health Network

Indu Poornima, MD

Medical Director, Nuclear Cardiology Director, Preventive Cardiology and Women’s Heart Center
Allegheny Health Network

Ibrahim Sultan, MD

Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Director, UPMC Center for Thoracic Aortic Disease
Surgical Director, UPMC Center for Heart Valve Disease / Structural Heart Program

Prem Soman, MD

Professor of Medicine
Associate Chief of Cardiology for Faculty Development
Director, Cardiac Amyloidosis Center
Director, Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center