Industry-Expert Presentations in Rhythm Theatres

Rhythm Theatre

Industry Expert Presentations in Rhythm Theatres provide valuable opportunities for attendees to learn about new data and advances on products and services as well as to hear from industry experts on the latest clinical information and innovation. 

Note: The Industry-Expert Presentations are not approved for continuing education credit.

Rhythm Theatre I – Exhibit Hall, Booth 2201

Rhythm Theatre II – Exhibit Hall, Booth 2301


Rhythm Theatre 1 – 2201, Exhibit Hall


Wednesday, May 10
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Overview of New TruRhythm™ Detection with Reveal LINQ™ ICM

Learn about latest clinical advancements in ICM (new guidelines & recent evidence). Understand performance of new Reveal LINQ devices with TruRhythm detection (suite of algorithms for Brady, Pause, AF). Sponsored by Medtronic


Martin Esteban Kloosterman, MD, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Boca Raton, FL
Shantung Sardar, Sr. Principal Research Scientist, Medtronic, Inc.


5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

Driving Patient Experience, Satisfaction and Outcomes with App-Based Monitoring

Explore real world efforts and results from clinicians who are successfully incorporating app-based patient monitors into their practice. Sponsored by Medtronic


Khaldoun Tarakji, MD, MPH
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH


Thursday, May 11
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Resetting the Standards of AF Ablation: How Adoption of the Arctic Front Advance™ Cryoballoon Has Changed My Practice

An experienced faculty highlight their clinical practice and share their rationales for adopting the Arctic Front Advance™ Cryoballoon as their gold standard therapy in obtaining pulmonary vein isolation for their patients affected by atrial fibrillation. Sponsored by Medtronic


Frank Pelosi, MD (Program Chair), Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship, Assistant Professor of Medicine-Cardiovascular Division, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Jagmeet Singh, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine-Harvard Medical School, Clinical Chief of Cardiology-Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, Boston, MA Professor

Stephan Willems, Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology Department, University of Hamburg Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany


12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Is Your CRT Device Delivering Therapy or Just Electricity? The First Device Based Algorithm that Verifies LV Capture

We know that more CRT is better for patients. The EffectivCRT™ Diagnostic is the first device based algorithm that verifies LV capture. Join our expert implanters to learn how they are using this new feature with our therapeutic algorithms to optimize therapy to meet CRT patients changing needs. Sponsored by Medtronic


Jag Singh, MD, PhD, Mass. General Hosp. Associate Chief Cardiology Division Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
John Rickard, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH


3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

New Strategies for Patients at High Risk for Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

Learn about the latest clinical evidence in cardiac monitoring for patients with high risk for atrial fibrillation and stroke. Sponsored by Medtronic


James Reiffel, MD, Professor (Emeritus) of Medicine and Special Lecturer, Columbia University, New York and Emeritus Attending Physician, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
Jeff Healey, MD, Director of Arrhythmia Services and Associate Professor Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Jay Nasir, MD, Cardiologist and Electrophysiology Fellow, Standford University, Palo Alto, CA


Friday, May 12
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Improving Outcomes in CIED Patients: Think Beyond the Implant

This session will focus on how to improve outcomes and reduce CIED complications, at implant and during the course of device follow-up. Sponsored by Medtronic


Steven Zweibel, M.D., FHRS, Director, Electrophysiology at Hartford Hospital Assistant Professor of Medicine; University of Connecticut School of Medicine Hospital, Hartford, CT
David O'Donnell, M.D, Austin Hospital, Melburne, Australia


12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Innovations in Device Therapy: Miniaturized, Leadless Cardiac Pacing

Leadless pacing has the potential to revolutionize the field of cardiac pacing. Our experts will share their early clinical experience with Micra™ and lead a discussion on the application of this technology to reduce complications associated with conventional pacing systems and redefine the pacemaker patient experience. Sponsored by Medtronic


Michael S. Lloyd MD FACC FHRS, Program Director, Emory Electrophysiology Fellowship Associate Professor of Medicine, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA
Camille Frazier-Mills, MD, MHS Assistant Professor of Medicine Director of Electrophysiology/Device Clinics Adult Electrophysiology Duke University Medical Center


3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

HEARTLIGHT: Endoscopically Guided Laser Balloon Ablation for the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation: Insights, Outcomes and the Future

Insights, outcomes and the future of the HeartLight Endoscopically Guided Laser Balloon Ablation Catheter. The HeartLight® Endoscopic Ablation System is indicated for the treatment of drug refractory recurrent symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Federal Law (USA) restricts this device to sale by or on the order of physician. Sponsored by CardioFocus, Inc.


Vivek Reddy, MD (program chair) Professor of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Douglas Packer, MD, FHRS (program chair) Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
J. Michael Mangrum, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Matthew Reynolds, MD, M.Sc., Baim Institute for Clinical Research and Lahey Hospital, Burlington, MA
Petr Neuzil, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Na Homolce Hospital, Prague, CZ


Rhythm Theatre 2 – 2301, Exhibit Hall


Thursday, May 11
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

The Emerging Role of the Left Atrial Appendage in the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

Expert presentations on the specific role of the left atrial appendage (LAA) in persistent and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation and the emerging strategy of percutaneous, epicardial closure of the LAA as an adjunct procedure to PVI to improve freedom from recurrent AF success rates.

Sponsored by SentreHEART, Inc.


Randall J. Lee, MD, PhD – CHAIR, Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Moussa C. Mansour, MD, Associate Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory, Director, Atrial Fibrillation Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD, FACC, FHRS, Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for Excellence in AF and Complex Arrhythmias, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, CA
Abdi Rasekh, MD, FACC, Professor of Medicine, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston, TX
David J. Wilber, MD, FAHA, FACC, Professor of Medicine, Co-Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute Director, Cardiovascular Institute, Director, Division of Cardiology of Loyola University Medical Center, Loyola Medicine, Maywood, IL


3:15  4:15 pm

Discover Interventional CRT Implant Techniques

Explore how leading clinicians are utilizing interventional techniques (snaring, venoplasty, etc) to overcome difficult anatomy during LV lead placement. Experts will share clinical experience, novel approaches, & discuss whether anatomy or electrical timing should determine LV lead location.

Sponsored by Merit Medical Systems, Inc.


Chair: Kenneth A Ellenbogen, MD, Medical College of Virginia/VCU School of Medicine Richmond, Virginia
Jagmeet P Singh, MD, DPhil, Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, Boston, MA
Seth Worley, MD, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
Kevin Jackson, MD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC


Friday, May 12
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

When Dizziness is More Than Just Dizziness: Symptom Management of Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension

Neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (nOH) is an underdiagnosed disorder that can severely impact patients.  Presentation will include an overview of nOH and its symptoms along with a discussion of nOH diagnosis and management.

Sponsored by Lundbeck


Cyndya A. Shibao, M.D., M.C.S.I., F.A.H.A. Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Clinical Pharmacology Department of Medicine Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, TN

Leonard Ganz, M.D. Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology Heritage Valley Health System, PA



12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Robotics: Improving Lives. Transforming Practices

This program will highlight the utility of robotics in ablation for a wide variety of arrhythmias through case reviews by expert operators. The clinical reviews will demonstrate how robotic ablation is a safe and effective treatment for patients and enables physicians to treat even the most difficult cases.

Sponsored by Stereotaxis


Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD, FACC, FHRS The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS


J. Peter Weiss, MD, MSc Intermountain Health Care, Murray, UT

Pasquale Santangeli, MD, PhD Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Tamas Szili-Torok, MD, PhD Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, Netherlands


3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Risk Mitigation of Infection Following CIED Surgery

  • Incidence and burden of disease
  • Risk factors for infection
  • Advances in protocols to prevent post-op complications/infection

Sponsored by ConvaTec


Bruce Wilkoff, MD, FHRS Chair, Cleveland Clinic Charles J. Love, MD, FHRS, CCDS New York University Langone Medical Center New York, NY


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