2023 Right Heart Symposium

Nov 17 8:00am -
Nov 18 3:00pm
Mass General Brigham Assembly Row Conference Center
Table of Contents
  1. Program Description
  2. How to Claim Continuing Education Credit
  3. Pricing
  4. Speakers
  5. Event Agenda
  6. Sponsorship Information
  7. Event Location
  8. Accreditation
  9. Planning Committee

Program Description

Pulmonary vascular disease (PVD), including pre- and post-capillary pulmonary hypertension, is a spectrum of progressive, symptomatic, and ultimately fatal disorders for which significant advances in treatment have been made. Despite advances in the management of PVD, the mortality rate remains disproportionate. Evaluation and treatment are often delayed until patients present with serious complications. Effective management requires timely recognition, accurate diagnosis, and selection of the different therapeutic options. 

Progression to right ventricular dysfunction and finally failure can occur as an acute event in consequences where the pulmonary hypertension develops acutely as with pulmonary embolism, or because of a chronic condition such as pulmonary arterial hypertension, chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), interstitial lung disease, or chronic left sided heart or valvular disease.

Early detection and appropriate management can improve quality of life and may improve survival. Medical therapy has come a long way towards decreasing symptoms, enhancing performance, and improving prognosis, but there is still a long way to go, especially for the broader population of patients with PVD.

This program is tailored to clinical and research professionals who study and/or care for patients with right heart disease, congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, and associated disorders.

At the end of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Review the options for advanced imaging approaches to assess and monitor RV function and pulmonary vascular remodeling
  2. Describe pharmacologic interventions to augment or restore RV function in the patient with advanced PVD or critical illness
  3. Assess the latest interventional, device, and pharmacologic approaches to PVD and evaluate these options in various forms of PVD, including disease-modifying pathways such as PDGF and TGF-beta signaling
  4. Discuss advanced hemodynamic and physiologic correlates of right ventricular-pulmonary arterial coupling

How to Claim Continuing Education Credit

This program is no longer eligible to claim credit.


Earn up to 12.5 CME Credits!

Registration includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks for both days
  • Q&A sessions with experts
  • Networking opportunities
Healthcare Professional (MD/DO)$300
Allied Health Professional$225
Virtual (Live-stream Only)$150

Refund Policy
NATF will not be reimbursing any event registrations after November 9, 2023. If you’re no longer able to attend the Symposium in person, we will send you a link to attend virtually but will be unable to refund any portion of your registration after the stated deadline.


Event Agenda

*Faculty and agenda subject to change

Friday, November 17
8:00-8:10 AM

Welcome Remarks

Assessing RV Function and Response to Treatment – Moderated by Jane A. Leopold, MD and Aaron B. Waxman, MD, PhD
8:10-10:15 AM
  • Assessing the RV: It’s All in the Curves – Francois Haddad, MD
  • Assessing the RV: It’s the Dots, Not the Curves: Focus on Speckle Tracking and Strain Imaging – Monica Mukherjee, MD, MPH
  • Is There a Role for PET or Molecular Imaging to Assess the RV? – Paul B. Yu, MD, PhD
  • Advanced Imaging Approaches to Assessing Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling and RV Function – Farbod N. Rahaghi, MD, PhD
  • Panel Discussion
10:15-10:30 AM


The Failing Right Heart – What Are the Realistic Salvage Options? – Moderated by Eileen M. Harder, MD, Alexandra K. Wong, MD, and Marius Hoeper, MD
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
  • Vasopressor Support in RH Failure – Can We Optimize RV Mechanics and Coronary Perfusion? – Bradley M. Wertheim, MD
  • Inotropic Support in RV Failure – Is There Really a Role? – Hilary M. DuBrock, MD
  • When to Consider MCS – Hemodynamic, Physiologic, and Patient Selection – Manreet K. Kanwar, MD
  • When and why is the RV too Sick for Lung Transplantation? – Nirmal S. Sharma, MD
  • Panel discussion
12:00-1:00 PM

Lunch Break

1:50-2:00 PM


The Art of Hemodynamics – What does the RHC Really Tell Us? – Moderated by Anton Vonk Noordegraaf, MD, PhD, Bradley Wertheim, MD, and Jane Leopold, MD
2:00-5:00 PM
  • RV-PA Coupling, Afterload, and Pressure-Volume Curves – Paul Heerdt, MD, PhD
  • Pulmonary Artery Hemodynamics: the Action is in the Proximal Vasculature – Franz Rischard, DO, MSc
  • Pulmonary Artery Hemodynamics: the Action is in the Small Vessels – Inderjit Singh, MD, FRCP
  • Clinical Implications of Aggressive Afterload Reduction – Eileen M. Harder, MD
  • Panel discussion
Saturday, November 18
8:00-8:10 AM

Welcome Remarks and Announcements

Pulmonary Embolism – Moderated by Alexandra K. Wong, MD and Farbod N. Rahaghi, MD, PhD
8:10-9:45 AM
  • Clot In Transit – What is the Optimal Approach? – Gregory Piazza, MD, MS
  • What does Clot Burden Mean? – Josanna Rodriguez-Lopez, MD
  • Provoked and Unprovoked – What is the Difference, and does it Matter? – Behnood Bikdeli, MD, MS
  • Optimal Duration of Anticoagulation – 2 months; 3 months; life long? – Alison Witkin, MD
  • Panel discussion
9:45-10:00 AM


Novel Interventional and Pharmaceutical Approaches – Moderated by Aaron B. Waxman, MD, PhD, Bradley M. Wertheim, MD, and Harrison Farber, MD
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Intrapulmonary Artery Balloon Pump – Why and When? – Jane A. Leopold, MD
  • Targeting BMPR2 – Marius Hoeper, MD
  • Targeting Metabolism – is it a Viable Target? – Sebastien Bonnet, PhD
  • In the Age of Disease Modifiers, What Should our Approach to Treatment be? – Roham T. Zamanian, MD
  • Panel discussion
12:00-1:00 PM

Lunch Break

Pulmonary Non-Hypertensive Vascular Pathology – Moderated by Stephanie Perella, PA-C and Charlie Lee, PA-C
1:00-2:45 PM
  • Pulmonary AVM’s without HHT – Alexandra K. Wong, MD
  • Anomalous Venous Return – Diagnosis and Management – Ada Stefanescu Schmidt, MD, MsC
  • Left to Right Shunting and Enhanced Pulmonary Blood Flow – Why is the Patient Dyspneic? – Phillip Joseph, MD
  • Pulmonary Artery Aneurysm – is it a Surgical Disease? – Harrison Farber, MD
  • Panel discussion
2:45 PM

Closing Remarks

Sponsorship Information

If you are interested in sponsoring the Right Heart Symposium, please contact Kathryn Mikkelsen at [email protected]


United Therapeutics Corporation


Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Pharmosa Biopharm Inc.


Aria CV
AI Therapeutics

Event Location

Mass General Brigham Assembly Row
399 Revolution Drive
Somerville, MA 02145
Markell Room ABC
Click here for detailed directions


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine and North American Thrombosis Forum. Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Contact Hours: 12.75

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 12.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation

Planning Committee

  • Aaron B. Waxman, MD, PhD
  • Jane Leopold, MD
  • Alexandra Wong, MD
  • Bradley Wertheim, MD
  • Charlie Lee, PA-C
  • Deborah Whalen, APRN, MSN
  • Eileen Harder, MD
  • Farbod Rahaghi, MD, PhD
  • Stephanie Perella, PA-C