Day 1

Highlights of the NM Cardiothoracic Symposium include trends in cardiovascular disease management, and breakout sessions on VADs, hemodynamic monitoring, trach management, pacemakers and chest tubes and heart rhythms.


Day 2

Highlights of the NM Cardiothoracic Symposium include trends in interventional cardiology, use of ECMO for post cardiac arrest treatment and circulatory support, and perioperative nursing management of thoracic surgery patients.

Learning Objectives

Day 1
1. Discuss the latest novel therapies for the management of heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, and
cardiovascular disease.
2. Describe the nursing implications for various cardiac and pulmonary vascular treatment modalities.
3. Cite the latest pharmacotherapies used in the management of cardiac diseases and stroke
4. Review past research studies used to provide the best evidence-based guidelines in practice today.
5. Analyze the continuum of care for patients with advanced cardiovascular disease.

Day 2
1. Explain the pathophysiology of pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary vascular disease.
2. Describe the guideline directed medical therapy for the management of heart failure.
3. Examine the pathophysiology of hyperlipidemia, current pharmacology, treatments and nursing
4. Recognize common complications and nursing interventions for the care of the open heart surgery
5. List the nursing implications for the management of patients with cardiogenic or respiratory shock on
extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.


Target Audience

The target audience includes clinical nurses, critical care, surgical, cardiac and thoracic nurses, advanced practice providers, respiratory therapists, pharmacists,  case managers, and allied health professionals working in or interested in the care of cardiothoracic patients.

Accreditation statement

Northwestern Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Credit designation statement

Nursing contact hours are pending, please contact Amy Kahn @ for more information.


Mary Alice Ackerman, MSN, AGACNP, BC

Allen Anderson, MD, FACC, FAHA

Sue Collazo,MSN, APRN-CNP

Jenny Cleary, MS, APRN-CNP

Kerri Evans

Patrick Ferguson, MSN, ACNP-BC

Monica Fiehler, PA-C

Marianne Harris, PhD, MS, APRN-CNP, NEA-BC
Course Director

Kathleen Hoke

Craig Leonard, MA, RRT, RCP, CPFT,

Eric Liotta, MD

Randy McGregor. CCP, LP

Jackie Messinger, APRN-CNP

Kannan Mutharasan, MD, FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine- Cardiology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute

Aubrey Opty, RN

Rod Passman, MD, MSCE

Tekesha Pate

Johnathan Rich,MD, FACC, FHFSA


Daniel Schimmel, MD

Hardik Thakkar, MPAS, PA-C

Sanket Thakkar, RRT

Megan White, MSN, ACNP-CNP

Thursday, September 5, 2019
Registration and Breakfast

8:00am    Welcome and Introductions:  Marianne D. Harris, PhD, MS, APRN-CNP Director of Patient Care-Cardiology-Interactive Session.

8:15am Hype or Hope? The Digital Heart Health Revolution

                 Keynote Speaker:

                 R. Kannan Mutharasan, MD, FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine-Cardiology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute

9:15am    Management of Atrial fibrillation-the rate vs. the rhythm debate- Dr. Rod Passman

10:00am  BREAK

10:15am Pulmonary Hypertension – Jackie Messinger, APRN
Reversal of Oral Anticoagulants- Eric Liotta, MD

11:45am LUNCH    


12:50pm #1 CXR Review and Case Studies- Susan Collazo, MSN, APRN-CNP

                  #2 LVAD Troubleshooting-Patrick Ferguson, APRN

1:40pm   #3 A Review of Impella and Other Cardiac Support Devices-Monica Fiehler, PA-C

                  #4 Managing the Heart Transplant Patient- Mary Alice Ackerman, MSN, AGACNP, BC

2:30pm   #5 High RISK Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI)-Aubrey Opyt,RN

                  #6 TRACH Care- Craig Leonard, RRT

3:15pm   BREAK

3:30pm Review of Cardiac Research Trials- Jonathan Rich, MD

4:15pm Latest Updates in Heart Transplantation- Allen Anderson, MD

Friday, September 6, 2019

8:30am Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am Welcome Day 2 - Marianne D. Harris, PhD, MS, APRN, CNP Director

9:15 am Guideline Directed Medical Therapy for Heart Failure- Meagan Sullivan, PharmD

10:00 am Venothromboembolitic Disease-What is CTEPH?  - Daniel Schimmel, MD

10:45 am BREAK

11:00 am Hyperlipidemia Management for Nurses-Jennifer Cleary, APRN

11:45am  LUNCH

12:30 pm Post-op Management of the Cardiac Surgery Patient-part 1 – Megan White, APRN

1:15 pm Post-op Management of the Cardiac Surgery Patient-part 2 – Sue Ryan, APRN

2:00 pm BREAK

2:15 pm ECMO Management Randy McGregor and Sanket Thakkar, RRT

2:45pm Conclusion


Registration information


NM employees (all regions) $25.00 per day- $50 for 2 days.

Non- NM (external RNs) $75.00 per day- $150 for 2 days.

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