5th Right Heart Symposium

Oct 28 6:00pm -
Oct 30 3:45pm
Hybrid - Boston, MA and Virtual

Questions about registration? Email [email protected]

Earn up to 14.75 CME/MOC Credits!

The syndrome of right heart failure is poorly understood and defined. Clinicians often fail to diagnose early stages of the disease and allow the manifestations to progress to severe disability. There is a pressing need to define, understand, and inculcate awareness about this disease in clinicians. Similarly, understanding right heart dysfunction requires focused investigations and research study, best brought forth by a multidisciplinary collaboration. This program is intended for clinical and research professionals who are involved in the care of patients with, and the study of, right heart disease, congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, and associated disorders.

Covered topics include:

  • Advanced right heart failure
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary heart disease
  • Venous thrombosis

Under the Direction of Aaron Waxman, MD, PhD

This program is designed for:

  • Physicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Hospitalists
  • Surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Allied health professionals

In the following fields:

  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology
  • Critical care medicine
  • Emergency medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Internal medicine
  • Vascular medicine

The 5th Right Heart Symposium will:

  • Place emphasis on the current state and understanding of right heart adaptation and maladaptation.
  • Facilitate in-depth discussions on evaluating best practices in diagnosing and managing patients with right heart failure.
  • Provide opportunities to exchange ideas and dialogues between faculty and attendees.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Describe the unique structure and function of the right ventricle (RV) with focus on anatomical and embryological differences between the RV and LV
  • Discuss the importance of RV and pulmonary arterial coupling and its role in RV function and RV failure
  • Summarize the emerging role of advanced imaging in assessing RV function
  • Evaluate the current data regarding myocardial metabolism and RV function
  • Describe RV adaptation and maladaptation in pulmonary arterial hypertension
  • Assess the effectiveness and adequacy of current therapies used in management of PAH


Agenda subject to change

Thursday, October 28
6:00 – 7:00 PM

Registration and Welcome Reception

Friday, October 29
7:00 – 8:00 AM

Breakfast and Registration

8:00 – 8:30 AM

Welcome & Program Overview
Aaron Waxman, MD, PhD, Course Director

SESSION 1: Right Ventricular Structure Function Relationship Moderated by Eileen Harder, MD
8:30 – 9:00 AM

Right Ventricular Contraction and Contractility
Tammo Delhaas, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Maastricht University
Consultant Pediatrician and Pediatric Cardiologist, Maastricht University Medical Centre

9:00 – 9:30 AM

The Tricuspid Valve: The Foundation of Coupling
Andrew Peacock, MPhil, MD, FRCP
Emeritus Professor, University of Glasgow
Honorary Consultant, Golden Jubilee National Hospital

9:30 – 10:00 AM

Tricuspid Valve Dysfunction: Current State of the Art and Future Prospects
Rebecca T. Hahn, MD, FACC, FASE
Professor of Medicine, Columbia University
Director of Interventional Echocardiography, The New York Presbyterian Hospital

10:00 – 10:30 AM

Tricuspid Regurgitation: Consequence with a Price
Elizabeth B. Gay, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Panel Discussion

10:45 – 11:00 AM


SESSION 2: Assessment of the Right Heart – Integrative Approaches to Uncovering Right Heart Function Moderated by Phillip Joseph, MD
11:00 – 11:30 AM

Dynamic Assessment of Right Ventricle-Pulmonary Artery Coupling: Application of Invasive CPET
David M. Systrom, MD
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Right Ventricular Load and Function: Assessing the Impact of Left Heart Function on the Right Side
Luke Howard, MA, DPhil, FRCP
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London
Consultant Pulmonologist and Director of National Pulmonary Hypertension Service, Hammersmith Hospital, London

12:00 – 12:30 PM

Imaging Approaches to the Right Heart: Echo vs. CMR
Anne Marie Valente, MD
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Section Chief, Boston Adult Congenital Heart (BACH) and Pulmonary Hypertension Program, Boston Children’s

12:30 – 1:00 PM

Assessing RV Remodeling with PET in Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension
Marcelo Fernando Di Carli, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Radiologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

1:00 – 1:15 PM

Panel Discussion

1:15 – 1:30 PM


2:30 – 2:40 PM


SESSION 3: Pulmonary Heart Disease and Remodeling Moderated by Bradley Maron, MD
2:40 – 3:10 PM

How Does PAH Drive Vascular and Myocardial Remodeling?
Paul Hassoun, MD
Professor of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program, The Johns Hopkins University Hospital

3:10 – 3:40 PM

How Does Left Heart Disease Drive Pulmonary Vascular and Right Ventricular Modeling?
Stephan Rosenkranz, MD
Head of the Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Center, University of Cologne Medical Faculty, University of Cologne

3:40 – 4:10 PM

How Does Congenital Heart Disease Drive Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling?
Mary Mullen, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology, Boston Children’s Hospital

4:10 – 4:40 PM

Right Heart Disease in the Absence of Pulmonary or Left Heart Disease
Michael M. Givertz, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Medical Director of the Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

4:40 – 5:10 PM

Molecular Phenotyping of the Right Heart System: Is the Fog Starting to Clear?
Jane Leopold, MD, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, Women’s Interventional Cardiology Health Initiative, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

5:10 – 5:25 PM

Panel Discussion

Saturday, October 30
8:00 – 9:00 AM


SESSION 1: Interventional Approaches to the Failing Right Heart Moderated by Eileen Harder, MD
9:00 – 9:30 AM

ECMO as a Bridge
Hari R. Mallidi, MD, FRCSC
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Section Chief, Advanced Lung Disease and Transplantation, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

9:30 – 10:00 AM

Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension: Surgical, Medical, and Interventional Options for Treatment
Piotr Sobieszczyk, MD
Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

10:00 – 10:30 AM

Percutaneous Approaches to RV Support Now and in the Future
Steven P. Keller, MD, PhD, MPhil
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Panel Discussion

10:45 – 11:00 AM


SESSION 2: Venous Thromboembolism Moderated by Bradley Wetheim, MD
11:00 – 11:30 AM

Submassive PE: What is it Really and What is the Best Approach to Treatment?
Gregory Piazza, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Staff Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Acute PE and Impact on RV
Yolanda Bryce, MD
Assistant Professor, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Assistant Attending, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

12:00 – 12:30 PM

Massive and Catastrophic PE: Strategies for Circulatory Support Both Pharmacologically and Mechanically
David M. Dudzinski, MD, FAHA, FACC, FASE
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital

12:30 – 12:45 PM

Panel Discussion

12:45 – 1:00 PM


2:00 – 2:15 PM


SESSION 3: Critical Care and the Failing Right Heart Moderated by Katharin Clapham, MD
2:15 – 2:45 PM

Drips to Machines – Supporting the Failing RH
Evelyn M. Horn, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
Director of Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension, Weill Cornell Medical Center

2:45 – 3:15 PM

Physiologic Impact of Mechanical Ventilation of the Right Heart
Inderjit Singh, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Yale University
Director of Pulmonary Vascular Program, Yale New Haven Hospital

3:15 – 3:30 PM

Panel Discussion

3:30 – 3:45 PM

Closing Remarks

NATF will work closely with the Hilton Back Bay to create a safe environment in compliance with all Boston public safety guidelines, which may include:

  • Socially distant seating
  • Face masks/coverings for all staff and guests
  • Single-person catering (rather than open buffets)
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols

NATF will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination at check-in for all attendees at our live, in-person programs. A digital or physical copy of a COVID-19 vaccine card is considered acceptable proof of vaccination.

If you are unable to comply with this policy, please register for the virtual, live-stream offering of this course.


  • Virtual Attendance: $100
    • Your tuition includes:
      • Live-streamed program with the opportunity to submit questions to presenters in real-time
      • 14.25 CME credits
      • PDF version of the syllabus
  • Students: $0
    • Please note that you are unable to obtain CME credit
  • Fellows/Residents: $50
  • Healthcare Providers: $200
  • Industry/Commercial: $400
  • Your tuition includes:
    • 14.25 CME credits
    • Welcome reception
    • Continental breakfast
    • Morning and afternoon coffee breaks
    • Lunch
    • Complimentary internet in the meeting room
    • A printed syllabus

Continuing Education Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of ScientiaCME and NATF. ScientiaCME is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ScientiaCME designates this educational activity for a maximum of 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioners (NPs)
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. ScientiaCME will provide NPs who successfully complete each activity with a certificate of participation indicating that the activity was designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Physician Assistants
The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Nurses may claim credit for activities approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ in most states for up to 50% of the nursing requirement for recertification.

Medical Practice Executives
The American College of Medical Practice Executives accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.


ScientiaCME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is approved for 14.25 hours (1.275 CEUs) of continuing education. Proof of participation will be posted to your NABP CPE profile within 4 to 6 weeks to participants who have successfully completed the post-test. Participants must participate in the entire presentation and complete the course evaluation to receive continuing pharmacy education credit. ACPE # 0574-9999-21-001-L01-P. This activity is a Knowledge (A)-type activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 14.25 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

While participants have one calendar month after the activity to provide learner information and take the post activity assessment and evaluation on ScientiaCME’s website, the course is only valid for credit on the day of the activity. Successful completion of the post-test and activity evaluation is required to obtain a certificate of completion.

This event is made possible by an educational grant from:

  • Acceleron
  • Actelion
  • United Therapeutics

Thank you to our program sponsors:

  • Altavant Sciences
  • Bayer

Event Location

Hilton Boston Back Bay
40 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02115

A limited number of rooms are available for a reduced rate of $299 per night. To make reservations, visit HERE or please call 617-236-1100 or toll-free at 800-HILTONS (445-8667). Individuals must identify themselves as being part of the “Right Heart Symposium” at the time the reservation is made to get the special group rate.