Heart Team Summit

The Pittsburgh Heart Team Summit provides tools to surgeons and cardiologists that enable collaboration in the care of patients with cardiovascular diseases. 

The symposium began in August, 2015 in Chapel Hill as the UNC/ISMICS Heart Team Summit.  In 2019, the symposium has expanded from the multidisciplinary collaboration around atrial fibrillation and rhythm device management to now include heart valve disease, coronary artery disease, venous embolism, and heart failure.  The faculty includes some of the leading experts in these clinical areas. The objective remains to advance the team concept of patient care. Because surgeons and cardiologists infrequently meet together to discuss ways to improve team dynamics and compare cooperative expertise, this seminar will educate physicians and health care providers about ways to work together for improved patient safety and clinical efficiency.  The Summit will integrate the cultures of cardiology and cardiac surgery.  Barriers such as facility limitations and communication difficulties will be addressed during this seminar. Evidence-based recommendations and treatment guidelines will direct the educational presentations and provide attendees with key learning objectives for related application in their practices.   

Accreditation Statement

This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  This activity is eligible for ANCC credit. 

 CME/CE Credit Provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare.  This activity is jointly-provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and St. Clair Hospital Foundation.

Click here to view the CME/CE announcement for specific details.

Program Director - Andy C. Kiser, MD, MBA
Program Co-Director - Christopher Pray, MD

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Michael Mack
The Heart Hospital at Baylor, Scott & White
Plano, Texas

"What Does Low Risk TAVR Mean to Cardiologists and Surgeons?"

The Heart Team Summit faculty will present clinical evidence and practical guidance to enhance teamwork and build alliances around multidisciplinary therapies such as:

  • Atrial Fibrillation:
    • Andy Kiser - St. Clair Hospital
    • Andrea Natale – Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia
    • James Edgerton – Baylor, Scott & White
    • J. Paul Mounsey – East Carolina University
  • Pacemaker/Defibrillator Lead Management:
    • Jonathan Piccini – Duke University
    • Roger Carrillo – Tenet Florida
  • TAVR/TMVR/Imaging:
    • Blase Carabello – East Carolina University
    • John Gorscan – Wash U
    • Erik Schelbert - UPMC
    • William “Bill” O’Neill – Henry Ford
    • Conrad Smith – UPMC
    • David Lasorda – Allegheny Health Network
    • Isaac George – NY Presbyterian/Columbia
  • Hybrid Coronary Revascularization:
    • Husam Balkhy – University of Chicago
  • Venous Thromboembolectomy: 
    • Matthew Wiisanen – Erlanger Chattanooga
  • Heart Failure/Mechanical Support: 
    • Jason Katz – University of North Carolina
    • Stephen Bailey – Allegheny Health Network

Click here to download the full Summit Program.

After the symposium Friday evening, the Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Chicago Cubs.


Registration for this event is being done through Cvent.

Click here to register.

Hotel Accommodations

St. Clair Hospital has reserved a block of rooms with a special group rate at the SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh North Shore, and the Residence Inn Pittsburgh North Shore.

Reasons for Industry to Participate

By providing sponsorship, your company will have a unique opportunity to:

  • Meet the key opinion leaders in cardiology and cardiac surgery in a freely interactive environment;
  • Have one-on-one interactions with the regions providers, including cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, primary care physicians, residents, nurses, and physician extenders;
  • Time during lunch and breaks to demonstrate your products and latest technology;
  • Involvement with the faculty and attendees during the reception and the baseball game.