United by our shared commitment of transforming cardiovascular care, we invite you to join us for an innovative educational experience that will strengthen your everyday practice. The 2018 ACC Middle East Conference provides an engaging forum to critically examine evidence-based strategies as well as contemporary best practices and clinical decision-making in order to reach our common objective of improving heart health of patients with cardiovascular disease.
Strive to be your best — join us in our vision of a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes.

Attend this conference and you will:

Challenge the norm: Discuss, share and critique the latest in cardiovascular prevention and care with GLOBAL EXPERTS in an intimate and interactive setting.

Lead the way: LOCAL LEARNING designed to empower you to transform your community through educational topics such as the recently released hypertension guidelines and top clinical trials to change your practice as well as the latest in acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, valvular disease, arrhythmia and prevention.

Power your mind: Find PRACTICAL SOLUTION for everyday problems by using real-world approaches to guideline-driven care. Participant driven sessions will challenge your knowledge in areas such as ECG and imaging interpretation.

Ignite conversation: The conference provides a platform for CREATING CONNECTIONS and networking with faculty and colleagues offering shared discussion and bi-directional learning.

PLUS: The benefit of becoming an ACC International Associate member or, if already an ACC member, access to one of ACC’s premier educational products.

Advances in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) have yielded remarkably positive results, with a steady decline in CVD mortality across the globe. However, despite this remarkable progress, CVD remains the leading cause of death throughout the world and its prevalence remains high, making it a global public health priority and an intensive focus of research. Such research has led to new evidence that continues to accrue about the underlying pathophysiology as well as strategies to enhance CVD prevention, evaluation and treatment. As care of the patient with CVD becomes more complex, it is imperative that cardiovascular professionals have an opportunity for a comprehensive review of evidence-based practices and exposure to state-of-the-art updates, innovative techniques and translational research on the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease.

By increasing their expert knowledge, participants should be able to identify guideline-driven, contemporary approaches to cardiovascular patient care.

Learning Objectives

  • Synthesize foundational and advanced cardiovascular disease knowledge, contemporary best practices, and effective care delivery for cardiovascular prevention, evaluation and management
  • Demonstrate appropriate interpretation of cardiovascular guidelines and diagnostic strategies needed in daily practice
  • Demonstrate improved auscultation, ECG interpretation and clinical decision-making
  • Utilize appropriate therapeutic strategies in the treatment of patients with hyperlipidemia and hypertension
  • Apply the latest evidence to the evaluation, medical management and surgical treatment of patients with valvular heart disease
  • Describe the best practices in the treatment of patients with heart failure including new drugs, surgical strategies and after-discharge care strategies

This conference is intended for practicing physicians in cardiology, internal medicine and family practice as well as cardiology Fellows in Training.

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ACC Middle East Conference 2018 Invitation


Conference Chairs

William Zoghbi, MD, MACC

Cardiovascular Imaging
Methodist DeBakey Heart Center
Director, Cardiovascular Imaging Institute
The Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX, USA

Mohammad Balghith, MD, FACC

Vice President, Saudi Heart Association
ACC Saudi Arabia Chapter Governor
Associate Professor KSU
Consultant Adult Interventional Cardiology
King Abdulaziz Medical City (NGHA)

Planning Committee

Mirvat A. Alasnag, MB, ChB

King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Yahya Al Hebaishi, MD

Saudi Heart Association Headquarters
Prince Sultan Military Medical City
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Hamad Aljizeeri, MD, FACC

Consultant, Adult Cardiology and Advanced Imaging
Alhassa, Saudi Arabia

Alison Bailey, MD, FACC

Erlanger Health System/University of Tennessee
COM Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN

Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC

Newport Coast Cardiology
Newport Beach, CA 

Abdulhalim Kinsara, MB, ChB

King Khalid National Guard Hospital
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Ghassan S. Kiwan, MD, FACC
ACC Lebanon Chapter Governor
Director, Division of Cardiology
Bellevue Medical Center University
Affiliated Hospital Mansourieh El Metn
Beirut, Lebanon

Nasser A. Mahdi, MD, FACC

Chairman, Cardiovascular Department
King Faisal Hospital and Research Centre
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Wael Al Mahmeed, MD, FACC

Board Member, Emirates Cardiac Society
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Waleed Abdullah Al Habeeb, MD

President, Saudi Heart Failure Working Group ,Assistant Professor of Medicine ,Al Faisal University King Saud University ,Consultant Cardiologist, Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation ,King Faisal Heart Center-King Faisal Specialist Hospital ,Consultant Cardiologist, King Fahad Cardiac Center ,King Khalid University Hospital ,Consultant Heart Failure Cardiologist ,Prince Sultan Cardiac Center-Qassim Riyadh, KSA

Feras M. Bader, MD, MS, FACC

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University .Director, Section of Heart Failure and Transplant Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Chairman, Heart Failure Working Group of Emirates Cardiac Society Consultant Cardiologist, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi , Abu Dhabi, UAE

Mohamed Sohby Aly, MBChB, FACC

Professor of Cardiology, Alexandria University Alexandria, Egypt

Featured Speaker


Magdy Abdelhamid Abdel Aziz, MD

President, Egyptian Society of Cardiology , Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine ,Faculty of Medicine Cairo University Giza, Egypt

Naeem Abdulmoneem Al-Shoaibi, MBBS

Consultant, Cardiology and Electrophysiology , Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital Jeddah, KSA

Bernard Abi-Saleh, MD, FACC

Associate Professor of Medicine , American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center Beirut, Lebanon


Consultant, Interventional Cardiology King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital Jeddah, KSA

Dr. Seraj Abualnaja, MD

Consultant Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital.

Jeddah, KSA

Hussein S. Alamri, MD

Prince Sultan Cardiac Centre Riyadh, KSA

Husam Al-Faleh, MD

President, Saudi Heart Association Riyadh, KSA

Khalid A. Al Faraidy, MBBS, MD

President, Saudi Arabian Cardiac Interventional Society Director, KFMMC Cardiac Center

Al Khafjī, KSA

Osama Al-Hadramy, MD, MBBCh, FRCPC

Consultant, Interventional Cardiology Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz National Guard Hospital Almadinah Almonawrah, KSA

Zohair Y. Al-Halees, MD, MBBS, FACC

Advisor for Cardiovascular Services to the CEO Distinguished Senior Cardiac Surgeon/Consultant King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Riyadh, KSA

Maryam Mohamed Al Qaseer, MBBCh, BAO

Deputy Director of Residency Training Program in Internal Medicine Quality Program Director in Cardiology Department Consultant Cardiologist King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

Khaled F. Al-Shaibi, CHB, MB, FACC

King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital Jeddah, KSA

Muhammad Naeem Aslam, FACC

Professor and Chief of Cardiology at Faisalabad Institute of Cardiology Lahore, Pakistan Hospital & Health Care Faisalabad, Pakistan

Atif Alzahrani, MBBS, MD

Consultant, Adult Cardiologist and Advanced Cardiac Imaging King Abdulaziz Medical City – Western Region Jeddah, KSA

Fahad Baslaib, MBBS, FACC

Director, Cardiology Department Rashid Hospital Immediate Past President, Emirates Cardiac Society Dubai, UAE

Biykem Bozkurt, MD, PhD, FACC

Professor of Medicine-Cardiology Mary and Gordon Cain Chair of Internal Medicine in the Winters Center for Heart Failure Research Medicine-Cardiology  A. “Tex” and Deborah Moncrief, Jr. Chair Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX, USA

Hassan Chamsi-Pasha, MD, FACC

Consultant Cardiologist King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital Jeddah, KSA

Ammar Chaudhary, MBChB, FRCPC

Consultant Cardiologist, Department of Cardiology King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center Jeddah, KSA

Mohamed Ali El Sabah, MBBS

Consultant Adult Cardiologist Non-invasive (Echocardiography) King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital Jeddah, KSA

James C. Fang, MD, FACC

Professor of Medicine John and June B. Hartman Presidential Endowed Chair Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine Executive Director, Cardiovascular Service Line, University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Mohammed A. Habbab, MD

Senior Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist Director of Academic and Training Affairs Administration Prince Sultan Cardiac Center Riyadh, KSA

Nabeel Ismail, MD, ABIM, FRCPC

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center Jeddah, KSA

Anwar D. Jelani, MD

Head, Section of Cardiology Consultant Cardiology King Abdulaziz Medical City Acting Program Director, EMS Program, KSAU, MNGHA General Secretary, Saudi Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Group, Saudi Heart Association Al Ahsa, KSA

Saibal Kar, MD, FACC

Director, Interventional Cardiac Research Associate Professor, Medicine Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA, USA

Feras H. Khaliel, MD, PhD, DESC

Consultant Cardiovascular Surgeon, CVS Residency Program Director Associate Professor of Surgery, Alfaisal University King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Riyadh, KSA

Neal Kleiman, MD, FACC(Neal)

Associate Professor of Medicine Methodist DeBakey Heart Center Houston, TX, USA

Ahmed M. Krimly, MD

Consultant Interventional and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Cardiologist King Faisal Cardiac Centre King Abdul Aziz Medical City National Guard Adjunct Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Cardiology King Saud bin Abdul Aziz University for Health Sciences Jeddah, KSA

Stephen Henry Little, BSc, MD, FACC

Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Program John S. Dunn Chair in Clinical Cardiovascular Research and Education Associate Professor, Department of Cardiology, Weill Cornell Medicine Houston Methodist Hospital Adjunct Associate Professor of Bioengineering of Engineering Rice University, George R. Brown School Active Staff Houston Methodist Hospital Methodist DeBakey Cardiology Associates Houston, TX, USA

Roxana Mehran, MD, FACC

Professor of Medicine Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Research and Clinical Trials at the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute Mount Sinai School of Medicine New York, NY, USA

Mohammed Qutub, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Consultant Interventional Cardiologistn Chairman of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Unit Deputy Chairman of Department of Medicine Director of Coronary Care Unit Program Director of Cardiology Fellowship King Abdulaziz University Hospital Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Biljana Parapid, MD, PhD, FESC

Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine – Cardiology School of Medicine University of Belgrade Belgrade, Serbia

Hany I. Ragy, MBBCh, MSc, MD

Attending Consultant Cardiologist Head of Department National Heart Institute – Imbaba Cairo, Egypt

Syed Ishtiaq Rasool, MD, PhD, FACC

Professor of Clinical and Interventional Cardiology National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases Karachi, Pakistan

Georges A. Saade, MD, FACC

Cardiovascular Disease Specialist Bellevue Medical Center Chair, Cardiovascular Prevention Working Group at the Lebanese Society of Cardiology Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine Beirut, Lebanon

Walid I. Saliba, MD, FACC

Director, Electrophysiology Lab  Associate Section Head, Pacing and Electrophysiology Section Co-Director, Ventricular Arrhythmia Center Medical Director, Center for Atrial Fibrillation Staff Cardiologist, Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH, USA

Fadi Sawaya, MD, FACC

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology Interventional and Structural Cardiology Director Structural Heart Program American University of Beirut Medical Center Beirut, Lebanon

Yosra Turkistani, MD

Adult Cardiologist Assistant Professor Umm Al-Qura University Consultant Cardiology/ Echocardiography King Abdullah Medical City Makkah, KSA

Uthman AlUthman, MD

Robotic, Minimal Invasive & Transcathater Valve Cardiac Surgeon Cardiothoracic Surgery Section Cardiovascular Department King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center Jeddah, KSA

Salim S. Virani, MD, FACC

Associate Professor, Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research Baylor College of Medicine Investigator, Health Policy Quality and Informatics Program Staff Cardiologist Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Houston, TX, USA

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