The High Risk Pregnancy conference in San Antonio, Texas, is a unique meeting bringing together cardiologists, maternal fetal-medicine specialists, and obstetric providers involved in caring for the pregnant patient with heart disease. Currently, cardiovascular disease is one of the highest causes of maternal morbidity and mortality. It is also a time when interdisciplinary management between primary care providers, obstetricians, certified nurse midwives, nurses, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, and cardiologists is critical. This CME program is designed to help all providers to better recognize, counsel, and refer women with cardiovascular conditions before pregnancy; and for all providers who encounter pregnant women with cardiovascular disease to better manage them for safer outcomes. CME, CNE and Ethics credit will be available.
The Charles Conrad Brown and Anna Sahm Brown Distinguished Professorship in Cardiovascular Disease
Katherine W. Arendt, MD
Dr. Katherine (Katie) Arendt is a Division Chair and the Associate Practice Chair for the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, a department of 179 anesthesiologists and 320 nurse anesthetists with over 200 anesthetizing locations in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Arendt is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, an American Board of Anesthesiology Associate Oral Board Examiner, and is on the Board of Directors of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesiology and Perinatology. Dr. Arendt has authored 46 peer-reviewed publications and 9 book chapters in the field of obstetric anesthesiology.
Dennis McNamara, MD
Dr. Dennis McNamara is a Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Heart Failure/ Transplantation Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He received his undergraduate and graduate education at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, respectively. He completed his internship, residency, and cardiology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is the author of hundreds of publications, presentations, lectures, reviews, invited papers, book chapters, and abstracts. Dr. McNamara is a member of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, American Heart Association, Heart Failure Society of America, and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.