Agenda 2018

The symposium will once again assemble a group of world-renowned faculty, who will share their expertise and experiences about optimal management strategies for the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias in various disease states; through illustrative lectures, live case demonstrations, expert panel discussions, point-counterpoint debates, and interactive Q&A sessions.

Friday, October 12, 2018


6:30AM – 7:25AM


Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:25AM – 7:30AM


Opening Remarks
Vivek Reddy


Session I
Device Therapy
Eric Prystowsky and Laurence Epstein

7:30AM – 7:40AM


Hemodynamic Effects of His-Bundle Pacing
Kenneth Ellenbogen

7:40AM - 7:50AM


Wearable Cardioverter-Defibrillators:  Should Anyone Get One?
Andrew Epstein

7:50AM – 8:00AM


The Role of Subcutaneous ICDs for ARVC
Hugh Calkins

8:00AM – 8:10AM


Role of the SICD for Mainstream Primary Prevention - The UNTOUCHED Trial
Michael Gold

8:10AM – 8:30AM


Debate:  His-Bundle Pacing vs. CRT for Patients with LV Dysfunction and LBBB
- His-Bundle Pacing is a Reasonable Alternative to CRT: Pugazhendhi Vijayaraman
- CRT is Still the Gold Standard: Jeanne Poole

8:30AM – 8:55AM




Session II 
Substrate Imaging & Mapping
Moderators: Pierre Jais and Andre d’Avila

9:00AM – 9:10AM


Virtual Heart Simulation to Predicting Optimal VT Ablation Targets
Natalia Trayanova

9:10AM – 9:20AM

  Structural and Functional Imaging of VT Substrate Using CMR 
Timm Dickfeld

9:20AM – 9:30AM


Post-Infarction Myocardial Calcifications on Cardiac CT:  Relation to VT
Frank Bogun

9:30AM – 9:40AM


Image-Aided/Guided VT Substrate Ablation 
Antonio Berruezo

9:40AM – 9:50AM


Does Wall Thickness Influence Arrhythmogensis?
David Wilber

9:50AM – 10:15AM



10:15AM – 10:35AM


Coffee Break

    Session III 
VT Mapping & Autonomics
Moderators: Francis Marchlinski and David Wilber

10:35AM – 10:45AM


Neuromodulation of Ventricular Arrhythmias: An Overview
Marmar Vaseghi

10:45AM – 10:55AM


Skin Sympathetic Nerve Activity and Clustering of Ventricular Arrhythmias
Peng-Sheng Chen

10:55AM – 11:05AM


Trans-Tracheal Sympathetic Modulation of Refractory VT
Hari Tandri

11:05AM – 11:15AM


3D Circuit Characterization of VT:  Deconstructing the Working Construct
Roderick Tung

11:15AM – 11:25AM


High-Density Mapping of Diastolic Activity During VT: Channels or Rivers?
Paolo Della Bella

11:25AM – 11:50AM



11:50AM – 12:00PM


Pick up box lunch

12:00PM – 2:00PM


Live Cases with Working Lunch
Live cases from Mount Sinai Hospital
Moderator: Vivek Reddy
Operators: Srinivas Dukkipati, Jacob Koruth, Marc Miller, William Whang, Subbaro Choudry and Aamir Sofi                                                
Panel:  Andre d’Avila, David Wilber, Francis Marchlinski, Andrea Natale, William Stevenson and Pierre Jais

2:00PM – 2:20PM


Post-Lunch Break


Session IV
How-to Map/Ablate LV Summit PVCs
Moderators: William Stevenson and Josef Kautzner

2:20PM – 2:30PM


Ventricular Ablation Using High-Energy Heavy ION Beams
Amanda Deisher

2:30PM – 2:40PM


Comprehensive Mapping of the LV Summit: Understanding the Anatomy
Andre d’Avila

2:40PM – 2:50PM


Coronary Venous Guidewire Mapping: Identifying Optimal Ablation Sites
Fermin Garcia

2:50PM – 3:00PM


Coronary Venous Alcohol Ablation
Miguel Valderrabano

3:00PM – 3:10PM


Septal VTs: Identifying and Targeting Intramural Substrate
David Callans

3:10PM – 3:35PM



3:35PM – 3:55PM


Coffee Break


Session V
Risk Stratification & Sudden Cardiac Death
Moderators: David Callans and Christine Albert

3:55PM – 4:05PM


The Future of Risk Stratification for Sudden Death: What Trials are Necessary and Practical?
Eric Prystowsky

4:05PM – 4:15PM


Risk Stratification in Patients with ARVC: Who needs an ICD?
Hugh Calkins

4:15PM – 4:25PM



Epicardial Ablation for Brugada Syndrome – When is it Appropriate?
Josep Brugada

4:25PM – 4:35PM


Risk-Stratification for Sudden Death in Post-MI Patients Without Severe LV Dysfunction
Christine Albert

4:35PM – 4:45PM


Risk Stratification in Arrhythmogenic Mitral ValveProlapse: Overview and Role of DE-MRI and PET-MRI
Marc Miller

4:45PM – 5:20PM




Session VI
Non-invasive Cardiac Radiation Therapy for VT
Moderators: Francis Marchlinski and Andre d’Avila 

5:20PM – 5:30PM


Cardiac Radiobiology
Pamela Samson

5:30PM – 5:40PM


Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Refractory VT:  How-To Guide
Andrea Natale

5:40PM – 5:50PM


Clinical Experience and the ENCORE-VT Trial
Phillip Cuculich

5:50PM – 6:00PM


Irrigated Needle Ablation for Outflow-Tract PVCs
Srinivas Dukkipati

6:00PM – 6:20PM



6:30PM – 7:30PM


Welcome Reception

Saturday, October 13, 2018




Session VII
VT Ablation in Non-ischemic Substrates
Moderators: David Callans and Josep Brugada

7:30AM – 7:40AM


Cardiac Sarcoidosis: Correlating Pre-procedural Imaging and Electroanatomic Substrate
Pasquale Santangeli

7:40AM – 7:50AM


Lamin Cardiomyopathy
Usha Tedrow

7:50AM – 8:00AM


ARVC:  Challenging Dogma   
Francis Marchlinski

8:00AM – 8:10AM


Intramyocardial RFA Using Intracoronary Wire Mapping
Kalyanam Shivkumar

8:10AM – 8:20AM


Epicardial Ablation: When and How?
Andre d’Avila

8:20AM – 8:45AM




Session VIII
VT Ablation in Ischemic Heart Disease
Moderators: Petr Neuzil and Wendy Tzou

8:50AM – 9:00AM


Pace-Mapping to Unmask Post-MI VT Isthmus Sites for Non-inducibility
Christian DeChillou

9:00AM – 9:10AM


A Novel Approach to Substrate Mapping: Results of a Prospective Study of Mapping During Sinus Rhythm to Identify the VT Isthmus 
Elad Anter

9:10AM – 9:20AM


Outcomes of the VANISH Substudies
John Sapp

9:20AM – 9:40AM


Debate:  VT Non-inducibility is the Best Endpoint for Ablation of Post-MI VT
- Pro:  John Miller
- Con:  Andre Natale

9:40AM – 10:10AM



10:10AM – 10:30AM


Coffee Break


Session IX
Idiopathic VT and VF
Moderators: Francis Marchlinski and Andrea Natale

10:30AM – 10:40AM


Mechanistic Subtypes of Focal RV Tachycardia
Bruce Lerman

10:40AM – 10:50AM


Mechanisms of PVC Induced Cardiomyopathy 
Edward Gerstenfeld

10:50AM – 11:00AM


Localization of Papillary Muscle PVC Foci: Tip or Base?
Josef Kautzner

11:00AM – 11:10AM


Multisite Ablation to Abolish PVCs:  When and How?
Luigi Di Biase

11:10AM – 11:20AM


Does VT Ablation Impact VF?
Pierre Jais

11:20AM – 11:30AM


Accuracy of ECGi for Mapping Ventricular Arrhythmias
Michel Haïssaguerre

11:30AM – 11:40AM


Mapping and Ablation of VF Rotors
Michel Haïssaguerre

11:40AM – 12:10PM



12:10PM – 12:20PM


Pick up box lunch

12:20PM – 1:10PM


Second Annual Mark E. Josephson VT Innovation Award
Moderators: Vivek Reddy, Srinivas Dukkipati, Andre d’Avila, Francis Marchlinski, David Callans


Session X 
Novel Tools for VT Ablation
Moderators:  Vivek Reddy and Srinivas Dukkipati

1:10PM – 1:20PM


Novel Approaches to Optimizing RF Energy Delivery
William Sauer

1:20PM – 1:30PM


Maximizing Ventricular Lesion Depth with Temperature-Controlled Irrigated Ablation
Elad Anter

1:30PM – 1:40PM


Surprises from Intramural Needle Ablation
William Stevenson

1:40PM – 1:50PM


A Novel Irrigated Expandable Lattice Electrode RF Ablation Catheter: Efficacy and Safety of Ventricular Ablation
Hiroshi Nakagawa

1:50PM – 2:00PM


Is Bipolar Ablation Ready for Primetime?
Paolo Della Bella

2:00PM – 2:10PM


Pre-Clinical Experience with Novel RF and Pulsed Field Electroporation Technologies for Ventricular Ablation
Jacob Koruth

2:10PM – 2:40PM



2:40PM – 3:00PM


Coffee Break


Session XI 
Heart Failure and VT
Moderators: Andre d’Avila and Luigi Di Biase

3:00PM – 3:10PM



Ventricular Remodeling for Heart Failure
Vivek Reddy

3:10PM – 3:20PM


Risk-Stratification for VT Ablation: Predicting Poor Outcomes
Pasquale Santangeli

3:20PM – 3:30PM


Hemodynamic Support during VT Ablation: When & How?
Petr Neuzil

3:30PM – 3:40PM


Treatment of VT in Class IV Heart Failure 
Wendy Tzou

3:40PM – 3:50PM


Intraprocedural Anesthesia and Monitoring
Benjamin Salter

3:50PM – 4:00PM


Surgical VT Ablation During LVAD Implantation
Gregory Supple

4:00PM – 4:30PM



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