June 9 Jun 9
7:00 AM - 3:40 PM
Saturday Sat

Stanford’s 4th Annual Mechanical Circulatory Support: Optimal Management and New Frontiers

Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, Stanford, CA

A Continuing Medical Education Conference presented by the Divisions of Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

  • Intensive Care Unit Management
  • Inpatient Management
  • Outpatient Management
  • New Frontiers in MCS

Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine

Registration is now closed. Walk-in registrations are welcome!

Statement of Need

This CME workshop seeks to improve the knowledge of cardiology physicians, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurses and nurse practitioners regarding appropriate options in mechanical circulatory support (MCS) for patients with end stage heart failure and management of these patients before and after receiving MCS. We will include review of clinical criteria to refer patients, different types of MCS and the scenarios for their use, strategies to support and manage patients prior and post MCS based on latest developments in treatment.  We will employ didactic lectures, interactive cases, and small group discussions to improve learners’ knowledge of evidence based management of patients with end stage heart failure.

Target Audience

This regional conference is designed to meet the educational needs of:

  • Physicians, specializing in Cardiology or Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Nurses/Other Allied Health Professionals

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify and implement clinical criteria to refer patients who may benefit from mechanical circulatory support (MCS) at an optimal time to improve patient care
  • Identify appropriate patients for emergent MCS and select appropriate therapy options (ECMO, percutaneous ventricular assist device (pVAD), intra-aortic balloon pump)
  • Optimally manage patients prior to MC by initiating inotropic therapy at the appropriate time and serially monitoring right ventricular and end organ function
  • Develop strategies to manage post MCS complications based on the latest development in treatment for patients with:
    • Gastrointestinal bleeding post left ventricular assist device (LVAD)
    • Arrhythmias post LVAD
    • Right ventricular failure post LVAD
  • Discuss the need and opportunities to build a MCS framework that includes appropriate infrastructure and personnel, and partnering with referring providers
  • Create an algorithm for learners own center to determine which MCS complications can be managed at their center vs the implanting institution
  • Determine the centers available for MCS for pediatric patients and the types of treatment options they can provide

Course Directors & Reviewer

Course Director

Dipanjan Banerjee, MD, MS

Medical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program

Clinical Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine

Course Co-Director

William Hiesinger, MD

Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery


Matthew Wheeler, MD, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine


A Continuing Medical Education Activity

Presented by the Department of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine

Conference Contact

For conference related questions please contact

Debbie Aube
CME Conference Coordinator
(650) 724-5318

For general questions, please send us an email or call us
(650) 497-8554

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