Fellows Program Brochure


CVI’s 5th Annual Cardiology Fellows Program: “What Every (Interventional) Cardiology Fellow Needs to Know” is a multi-session series of free, interactive, webinars offered by the Cardiovascular Institute of Philadelphia. Our target audience includes interventional and general cardiology fellows with an interest in interventional cardiovascular medicine. Each of our interactive CVI Fellows sessions is 60-90 minutes and features concise, practical lectures delivered by an impressive faculty of nationally recognized thought leaders in the diagnosis and management of coronary and structural disease. Sessions are moderated by CVI Interventional Cardiology Program Directors, with cases presentated by a diverse group of cardiology fellows from the Greater Philadelphia Region and across the U.S. Many of our sessions incorporate audience polling and other interactive tools, and offer ample time for audience Q&A, to enhance program interaction.

See below for details on our first 6 sessions, with additional sessions to be added.

Session 5 – Tuesday September 28, 2021 at 6:45pm – “Complex Coronary Interventions: Prepare for the Worst, Hope for the Best”

Register Online for Session 5 – 9/28/21

Session 5 – 9/28/21

Tuesday September 28, 2021 at 6:45pm
“Complex Coronary Intervention:
Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the Best”
Guest Faculty

Emmanouil Brilakis, MD
Minneapolis Heart Institute
Richard Kovach, MD     Antonis Pratsos, MD
Fellow Case Presenters
Yashasvi Chugh, MD    Rita Butler, MD              Adam Burow, DO

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Session Description

Complex coronary intervention requires careful planning, not only for the procedure itself, but also for the potential complications inherent in these types of procedures.  The importance of the heart team approach to these patients will be the starting point for discussion.  We will review the approach to patients with calcified lesions, left main and bifurcation disease and LV dysfunction.  Lesion preparation by rotational or orbital atherectomy, and lithotripsy, provisional vs bifurcation stenting and the role of LV support by IABP or Impella will be addressed.

Learning Objectives

After viewing this session, attendees will be better able to:

  • Appreciate and understand the importance of the heart team approach in managing patients with complex and high-risk coronary anatomy
  • Identify and define what constitutes high risk and complex PCI
  • Construct a logical and appropriate interventional plan for complex coronary cases
  • Anticipate potential complications of complex and high-risk PCI while simultaneously having a plan to rapidly deal with them if they occur
Register Online for Session 5 – 9/28/21
View Session 5 Agenda

Session 6 – 10/19/21

Tuesday October 19, 2021 at 6:45pm
“Treatment of Patients with Aortic Stenosis-from Hemodynamic Principles to Valve Replacement in the TAVR Era”
Guest Faculty

James Hermiller, MD
The Heart Center of Indiana
Muhammad Raza,MD   Paul Fiorilli, MD
Fellow Case Presenters

Rim Halaby, MD            Kevin Ball, MD

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Session Description

This interactive CVI Fellows session focuses on hemodynamic principles and imaging techniques to evaluate AS severity, including the full range of aortic stenosis from normal flow, high gradient AS through low flow, low gradient AS.  The evaluation and workup of the AS patient will be reviewed, including imaging and planning for TAVR.  TAVR procedural techniques and best practices will be discussed, including the challenging situations of coexistent CAD, bicuspid valves, embolic protection and challenging vascular access.

Learning Objectives

After viewing this session, attendees will be better able to:

  • Utilize clinical, hemodynamic and imaging findings to assess the severity of aortic stenosis
  • Describe the pathophysiology and clinical outcomes of patients with low flow, low gradient AS
  • Recognize challenges posed by patients with coexistent CAD, bicuspid valves, challenging vascular access, and to discuss techniques and data for embolic protection for stroke prevention during TAVR
Register Online for Session 6 – 10/19/21
View Session 6 Agenda
Register Online for Session 1 – 4/20/21
Register Online for Session 2 – 5/18/21
Register Online for Session 3 – 6/15/21
Register Online for Session 4 – 7/20/21
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View Recorded Session 4

SESSION 4 – “Optimal Interventional Pharmacology: Tailoring the Drug to the Specific Patient”

Held Tuesday July 20, 2021 at 6:45pm
Optimal Interventional Pharmacology: Tailoring the Drug to the
Specific Patient”
Guest Faculty

Roxana Mehran, MD
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
D. Lynn Morris, MD       Michael Savage, MD
Bryan Kluck, DO              Alec Vishnevsky, MD
Fellow Case Presenters 
Anton Camaj, MD           John Lawrence, MD      

Session Description

The use of adjunctive antiplatelet and antithrombotic strategies for PCI will be the focus of this case-based session.  The role of heparin vs bivalirudin, 2b/3a inhibitors, intravenous antiplatelet agents, and the various P2Y12 inhibitors will be discussed.  We will compare clopidogrel, prasugrel, ticagrelor, and cangrelor in real-world practice.  The critical issue of duration of dual antiplatelet therapy will be reviewed with emphasis on clinical presentation, lesion complexity, bleeding risk and the stent/drug interface.  Finally the specific issue of PCI in patients requiring anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation will be addressed.

Learning Objectives

After viewing this session, attendees will be better able to:

  • Recognize the benefits and risks of the various anticoagulant and antiplatelet agents used in conjunction with PCI
  • Understand the factors which influence drug selection and duration of dual antiplatelet therapy
  • Address various strategies when combined anticoagulation and antiplatelet are required, for example, PCI in patients with atrial fibrillation
On Demand Access for Session 4 – 7/20/21
View Session 4 Agenda
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View Recorded Session 3

SESSION 3 – “How Should I Use FFR/iFR, IVUS, OCT and NIRS In Preparation for PCI And to Assess My Results”

Held Tuesday June 15, 2021 at 6:45pm
“How Should I Use FFR/IFR, IVUS, OCT and NIRS in Preparation for PCI and to Assess My Results”
Guest Faculty

James Goldstein, MD
Beaumont Health
Sahil Banka, MD                Ellen Keeley, MD
Fellow Case Presenters
Mohammad AlSarie MD   Jason Schott, DO               Morgan Randall, MD


This CVI Fellows 2021 interactive session reviews the scientific basis for and clinical importance of the various imaging technologies in pre-PCI assessment of lesion characteristics and lesion severity.  Additionally, the evaluation of post procedure results to minimize the risks of stent thrombosis and restenosis will be discussed.

Learning Objectives
After viewing this session, attendees will be better able to:

  • Describe the role of coronary imaging technologies in real work clinical practice
  • Select the most appropriate technology to characterize lesions prior to and after PCI
On Demand Access for Session 3 – 6/15/21
View Session 3 Agenda
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View Recorded Session 2

SESSION 2 – “Fundamentals of Coronary Intervention: How to Fly on My Own”

Session 2 – 5/18/21

Held Tuesday May 18, 2021 
“Fundamentals of Coronary Intervention: How to Fly on My Own”
Guest Faculty

Farouc Jaffer, MD

Harvard Medical School
Richard Kovach, MD        Muhammad Raza, MD
Fellow Case Presenters
Michael Bode, MD             Parthiv Amin, MD

On Demand Access Session 2 – 5/18/21

Session Description

This CVI Fellows 2021 interactive session teaches the basics for achieving a safe and successful PCI, beginning with optimal angiographic views, and following through to definitive treatment and procedure completion. Specifics will involve basic decisions on vascular access site and guide catheter choice. Techniques for optimal visualization of the coronary arteries with focus on accurate target lesion assessment will be discussed.  Balloon and stent choices, as well as when adjunctive therapies such as atherectomy might be useful will be covered. Specific attention as to how these choices contribute to successful stent delivery, optimal deployment and long-term patency will also be a point of focus.

Learning Objectives
After viewing this session, attendees will be better able to:

  • Describe techniques for accurate lesion/vessel assessment and optimal coronary revascularization
  • Discuss how to logically choose interventional devices including guide catheters, wires, stents, and atherectomy devices, rotational, orbital and lithotripsy
  • Explain the techniques that will result in successful stent delivery and optimal stent deployment
View Session 2 Agenda
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View Recorded Session 1

SESSION 1 – “The Art and Science of STEMI”

Guest Faculty

J Dawn Abbott, MD
own University 

Sheldon Goldberg, MD     Ellen Keeley, MD                David Goldberg, MD

Fellow Case Presenters
Christopher Lee, MD   Karla Astorius Gonzalez MD  Adam Syed Hafeez, MD                                                                                                                           

On Demand Access Session 1 – 4/20/21

Session Description
This CVI Fellows ‘21 session provides an in-depth review of the critical issues in STEMI treatment based on the most recent science and guideline recommendations. This interactive session incorporates fellow case presentations, and focused expert lecture and comments with ample opportunities for audience questions. Specific topics to be addressed during this session include:

  • Emergency pharmacologic management
  • Choice of antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs: beta blockers, ACE/ARB inhibitors, statins
  • Choice of stents and new stent technologies including the status of thrombus removal and revascularization strategies in patients with multi-vessel disease.
  • Aftercare and follow up including time course of myocardial stunning, indications for defibrillators, the problem of LV thrombus.

Learning Objectives: After viewing this session, attendees will be better able to:

  • Perform effective reperfusion of myocardium at risk
  • Select optimal stent strategy
  • Select patients for non-culprit vessel PCI- who is a candidate, and when to perform
View Session 1 Agenda
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Course Directors

Sheldon Goldberg, MD
Sheldon Goldberg, MDPennsylvania Hospital
Daniel McCormick, DO
Daniel McCormick, DOJefferson Health System
D. Lynn Morris, MD
D. Lynn Morris, MDEastern Carolina University
William Gray, MD
William Gray, MDLankenau Heart Institute

Associate Directors

Richard Kovach, MD
Richard Kovach, MDDeborah Heart and Lung Center
Antonis Pratsos, MD
Antonis Pratsos, MDMain Line Health
Bryan Kluck, DO
Bryan Kluck, DOLehigh Valley Health Network
Muhammad Raza, MD
Muhammad Raza, MDCrozer Chester Medical Center
Michael Savage, MD
Michael Savage, MDThomas Jefferson University
Ellen Keeley, MD
Ellen Keeley, MDUniversity of Florida Gainsville
Paul Fiorilli, MD
Paul Fiorilli, MDUniversity of Pennsylvania
Sahil Banka, MD
Sahil Banka, MDEinstein Medical Center

Guest Faculty

J. Dawn Abbott, MD
J. Dawn Abbott, MDBrown University
Farouc Jaffer, MD
Farouc Jaffer, MDHarvard Medical School
James Goldstein, MD
James Goldstein, MDBeaumont Health
Roxana Mehran, MD
Roxana Mehran, MDMt. Sinai School of Medicine
Emmanouil Brilakis, MD
Emmanouil Brilakis, MDMinneapolis Heart Institute
James Hermiller, MD
James Hermiller, MDThe Heart Center of Indiana

Fellow Case Presenters

Christopher Lee, MD
Christopher Lee, MDUniversity of Pennsylvania
Karla Astorius-Gonzalez, MD
Karla Astorius-Gonzalez, MDUniversity of Pennsylvania
Adam Syed Hafeez, MD
Adam Syed Hafeez, MDUniversity of Florida Gainsville
Michael Bode, MD
Michael Bode, MDHarvard Medical School
Parthiv Amin, MD
Parthiv Amin, MDDeborah Heart and Lung Center
Jason Schott, DO
Jason Schott, DOBeaumont School of Medicine
Mohammad Al Sarie, MD
Mohammad Al Sarie, MDEinstein Medical Center
Morgan Randall, MD
Morgan Randall, MDUniversity of Florida
Anton Camaj, MD
Anton Camaj, MDIcahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
John Lawrence, MD
John Lawrence, MDThomas Jefferson University
Yara L. Cameron, MD
Yara L. Cameron, MDEastern Carolina University
Yashasvi Chugh, MD
Yashasvi Chugh, MDMinneapolis Heart Institute
Rita Butler, MD
Rita Butler, MDLankenau Heart Institute
Adam Burow, DO
Adam Burow, DODeborah Heart and Lung Center
Rim Halaby, MD
Rim Halaby, MDUniversity of Pennsylvania
Kevin Ball, MD
Kevin Ball, MDSt. Vincent Hospital


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