The 5th Annual UBC Heart Failure Symposium

The 5th Annual UBC Heart Failure Symposium

State of the Art HF Care - Putting the Pieces Together

Target Audience:

Family physicians, internists, hospitalists, nurse practitioners, nurses, allied health professionals, residents and students

Course Format: Carefully selected practical lectures with plenty of time for questions
  • Jun 20, 2020
Broadcast starts: 0825 AM PDT

Online from Vancouver BC


We are pleased to announce that will be offering the 5th Annual UBC Heart Failure Symposium as a Virtual Conference on June 20, 2020.  

The overall theme of this year’s meeting will be State of the Art HF Care - Putting the Pieces Together and the format will consist of a series of presentations and interactive sessions.  We have invited speakers from across Canada and also pleased to say we have all the health authorities in B.C. represented on this year’s symposium planning committee. 






Brian Clarke, MD FRCPC FACC. Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Cardiac Sciences, University of Calgary

Dr. Brian Clarke received his MD and residency training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology from Dalhousie University and went on to Stanford University to complete fellowship training in Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation. Dr. Clarke returned to Halifax and subsequently recruited to Calgary to join the heart failure program at Libin Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Clarke focuses clinical care across the spectrum of heart failure and cardiomyopathies and co-leads the CardioOncology Program in Calgary. He is president of the Canadian Cardiac Transplant Network and serves as a senior advisor on heart transplant policy to Canadian Blood Services. Dr. Clarke also is active in education; both at the university level and nationally as Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Area of Focused Competence diploma program in Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation.

Harriette Van Spall, MD, MPH, FRCPC. Associate Professor, Division of Cardiology, McMaster University.

Dr. Van Spall is a Scientist for the Knowledge Translation and the Heart Failure programs at the Population Health Research Institute. She is an Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiology and Department of Medicine at McMaster University. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed postgraduate training in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Echocardiography at the University of Toronto. Her research, supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, is in quality of care and outcomes, knowledge translation, and health systems improvement pertaining to Heart Failure. She has won several research awards, and her work has been published in high-impact medical journals, including JAMA, Lancet, Circulation, and Annals of Internal Medicine.


Jonathan Howlett, MD FRCPC FACC FCCS FHFSA(hon). Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Calgary

Dr. Howlett graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1989 and was Certified in Cardiology at Dalhousie University 1994. In 2008 Dr. Howlett became Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta/ University of Calgary. Dr. Howlett is involved in clinical care for in Advanced Heart Failure service at Foothills Medical Centre and clinical trial research in heart failure, health care outcomes, and knowledge translation. He serves on several international clinical trial steering committees, and served on international consensus guideline committees. He is currently a member and past- Chair of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Heart Failure Guidelines Committee, Heart Failure Key Performance Indicator Working Group and serves as co-chair of the Alberta Strategic Clinical Network Heart Failure Pathway Initiative. Dr. Howlett is the founding and former President of the Canadian Heart Failure Society and has published over 140 peer- reviewed medical journal articles.


         Applying HF Care in BC
0830 Introduction & Welcome | Dr. Mustafa Toma
0835 HELP - My Patient has HF, What do I do? | Dr. Adi Mudaliar
0855 Decentralizing HF Care | Dr. Chris Little
0915 Applying the CCS HF Algorithm in the Ambulatory Setting | Dr. Brian Clarke
0935 Gender and Ethnic Disparities in HF Care | Dr. Nadia Giannetti
0955 Debate: Target Doses Should be Achieved before Trying New HF Therapies | Dr. Andy Ignaszewski vs. Dr. Elizabeth Swiggum
1025 Roundtable Discussion
1040 Break
         Interactive Sessions
1100 Managing Patient Remotely during the COVID-19 Outbreak | Dr. Harriette Van Spall
1130 Arrhythmias and HF | Dr. Larry Stern
1200 Lunch Break
1245 Difficult Conversations Re: EOL Care in HF Patients | Dr. Jody Anderson
1315 Self Management Skills to Stay Out of Hospital | Dr. Karen Harkness
1345 Break

         Recent Advances in HF Care
1400 Role of SGLT-2 Inhibitors in Managing HF | Dr. Jonathan Howlett
1420 Practical Application of New HF Therapies as an Inpatient | Dr. Amit Khosla
1440 Novel Therapies for HFpEF | Dr. Mike McDonald
1500 Up and Coming Drugs to Treat HF | Dr. Justin Ezekowitz
1520 Debate: Novel HF Therapies Should be Started During Acute HF Exacerbation | Dr. Shelley Zieroth vs. Dr. Sean Virani
1540 Roundtable Discussion
1555 Closing Remarks & Completion of Evaluations

Skills Gained

1. To be familiar with practical approach to treat heart failure

2. To gain understanding of novel therapies in heart failure care

3. To recognize the interaction of heart failure with diabetes

4. To be familiar with device and rhythm implications of heart failure



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