KY-ACC Announces Keynote Speakers for 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting

The 2019 Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session on October 12th in Lexington, KY features an outstanding group of speakers covering the current trends in the practice of cardiovascular care. For a sneak peek at some of our speakers check out their bios below. To register visit: http://kentuckyacc.org/2019

Dr. Minnow Walsh is a past president of the American College of Cardiology and is a strong proponent of team-based care. At St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana she specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of advanced heart failure including the use of nuclear cardiology imaging, advanced medication therapies, ventricular assist devices (VAD) and heart transplant surgery. She has a special interest in women with heart disease and is a current board member of WomenHeart (a national coalition for women with heart disease). She is the medical director of the heart failure and cardiac transplantation program and director of nuclear cardiology at St. Vincent Heart Center and the program director of the St. Vincent Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowship.

At St. Vincent Cardiovascular Research Institute, Dr. Walsh is an advisory board member and she is actively involved in clinical research in heart failure, nuclear cardiology and system approaches for quality initiatives in the practice setting. Dr. Walsh is a leader, educator and medical author in the field of cardiology, both in Indiana and nationally. She has served as past president of the Indiana affiliate of the American Heart Association and past board member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cardiac Failure, is an editorial consultant for JACC: Heart Failure and a reviewer for multiple scientific journals. Dr. Walsh is an author of more than 80 articles and book chapters. Dr. Walsh received the Wenger Award for Medical Leadership in 2014 and has been elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America annually since 2005.

Vasilis Babaliaros, MD is the co-director of the Emory Structural Heart & Valve Center at Emory Healthcare and co-director of the Adult Congenital Heart Intervention team within the Emory Adult Congenital Heart Center. He has more than 10 years experience in interventional cardiology focused on structural heart and valve disease including clinical research.

Dr. Babaliaros is a Professor of Medicine of Interventional Cardiology at Emory University. He received his Biomedical Engineering degree at Duke University (1992), his medical degree at Emory University (1996), and completed his training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Emory (2003). In 2004, he completed fellowship training in Interventional Cardiology at Emory University and then continued sub-specialty training in Valvular Interventional Cardiology under Alain Cribier, MD at the University of Rouen, France (2005). He joined the faculty working with Peter Block, MD as the Associate Director of the Emory Center for Valvular Intervention and Structural Heart Disease Treatment in 2006. Dr. Babaliarosí research interests are in Valvular and Structural Heart Disease. Specifically, he was a member of the original team that pioneered percutaneous aortic valve replacement in France. His research efforts continue in the field of aortic stenosis, but have also grown to include catheter based therapies for the treatment of mitral regurgitation, aortic insufficiency, and pulmonic valve disease. He is also involved in the current circulatory assist devices that are placed percutaneously for the treatment of cardiogenic shock and high-risk intervention support. Dr. Babaliaros teaches general cardiology and heart catheterization, but devotes most of his teaching efforts training future interventional cardiologists catheter techniques for the treatment of valvular heart disease and circulatory support. He also teaches medical students, medical residents and cardiology fellows clinical research.

Jonathon A. Leipsic, M.D., F.R.C.P.C. F.S.C.C.T is the Chairman of the Department of Radiology for Providence Health Care and the Vice Chairman of Research for the UBC Department of Radiology. He is Professor of Radiology and Cardiology at the University of British Columbia.

Dr Leipsic is also a Canada Research Chair in Advanced Cardiopulmonary Imaging. He recently has taken on the role of Medical Imaging Regional Department Head of Vancouver Coastal Health. Dr. Leipsic has over 415 peer reviewed manuscripts in press or in print, over 300 scientific abstracts, and editor of 2 textbooks. He speaks internationally on a number of cardiopulmonary imaging topics with over 150 invited lectures in the last 4 years and is Past President of the Society of Cardiovascular CT the largest international society focused on cardiovascular CT.