This meeting will adopt an evidence based, guideline driven update of the critical domains in cardiovascular medicine.  Our world-renowned faculty and guest speakers will deliver seminars on hypertension, prevention, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, diabetes and heart disease, valvular heart disease, and others. Significant new data and summaries will represent the platform for our discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

1. Review updated standards of care for STEMI and N-STEMI

2. Discuss recent breakthrough therapies and contemporary treatment options for heart failure patients

3. Review the state-of-the art therapy for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction

4. Discuss treatment options for advanced heart failure including medical therapies, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation

5. Discuss recent breakthrough therapies for infiltrative cardiomyopathies

6. Describe state-of-the-art percutaneous interventions for structural heart disease

7. Review the latest interventional therapies for pulmonary embolism and pulmonary hypertension 

8. Discuss recent guidelines for heart valve surgery

9. Consider use of transcatheter versus aortic surgical therapies

Target Audience

This continuing medical education program is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, advanced practice providers, and allied health providers who care for the patient with cardiovascular disease including those whose primary areas of practice are: cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, family practice, general practice, general surgery, hospital medicine, and/or internal medicine.

Accreditation statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit designation statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Course Directors 

Clyde Yancy, MD, MSc

Chief, Cardiology
Associate Director, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Vice Dean, Diversity & Inclusion
Magerstadt Professor of Medicine
Professor, Medical Social Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Charles J. Davidson, MD

Clinical Chief, Cardiology
Medical Director, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Professor of Medicine
Vice Chairman of Clinical Affairs
Department of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Patrick M. McCarthy, MD

Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery
Executive Director, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Heller-Sacks Professor of Surgery
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Daniel Schimmel, Jr., MD, MS

            Associate Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Registration information

Registration now open!

Downloadable Brochure

Snowbird Brochure

Hotel Information

Rooms have been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point and will be available for a special symposium rate of $339.00 (single/double occupancy), plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 11%). The Hyatt Regency is located at 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, FL.  

To book your room, please contact the Hyatt directly at 1-888-421-1442 or online using the following link:

To receive the reduced room rate, reservations must be made by February 28, 2019, and identify yourself as a registrant of the Northwestern Snowbirds: Hot Topics in Cardiovascular Medicine. Reservations made after February 28, 2019 are subject to availability at regular hotel rates. The room block may fill prior to the cutoff date, so be sure to make your arrangements early.