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Cardiology Update

Saturday, February  21, 2015



Cardiology Update is an annual continuing education conference for physicians and clinical professionals. Dr. Carl Gessler, Jr., founder of the event, serves as the conference director.  This year’s event will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. at the Huntsville Hospital Dowdle Center.

Featured speakers include experts in the fields of cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, including Carl J. Gessler, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.C.;  Scott Allison, M.D.; Michael M. Butler, M.D., F.A.C.C.;  Evan S. Cohen, M.D.; Howard Eisen, M.D., FACC, FACP; Mihir Kanitkar, M.D.



7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Registration, Continental Breakfast & Exhibits

8:00 a.m.-8:15 a.m.
Carl J. Gessler, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.C.

8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Left Atrial Appendage Closure – Atrial Fibrillation and Thromboembolic Protection
Scott Allison, M.D.

9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Do You Have the Heart to Beat Lung Cancer?
Evan S. Cohen, M.D.

10:15 a m -10:45 a.m.
Break & Exhibits

10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Structural Heart Disease
Michael M. Butler, M.D., F.A.C.C. & Mihir Kanitkar, M.D.

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Therapy for Advanced Heart Failure: Now and (Perhaps) in the Future
Howard Eisen, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P.

12:45 p.m.-12:50 p.m.
Closing Remarks & Evaluations
Carl J. Gessler, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.C.

Featured Speakers:

Carl J. Gessler, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.C. – Course Director
Dr. Gessler is a Clinical Associate Professor for the Internal Medicine Program at the School of Primary Care, University of Alabama School of Medicine/Huntsville Program. He specializes in transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiology as well as cerebrovascular and peripheral vascular ultrasound. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. He practices at Heart Center, Inc., Huntsville, Alabama.

Scott Allison, M.D.
Dr. Allison is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. His clinical interests include cardiac device therapy, invasive electrophysiologic studies, and catheter ablation of arrhythmias with a special interest in catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. He is in private practice at Heart Center, Inc. Huntsville, Alabama.

Michael M. Butler, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Butler practices at Heart Center, Inc., Huntsville, Alabama. He completed training in Interventional Cardiology from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He is board certified in both Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.

Evan S. Cohen, M.D.
Dr. Cohen specializes in cardiothoracic surgery. He is board certified in both General and Thoracic Surgery. He serves as Co-Medical Director of the S.E. Lung Alliance. He practices his specialties at Huntsville Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Huntsville, Alabama.

Howard Eisen, M.D., FACC, FACP
Dr. Eisen is chief of the Division of Cardiology at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is affiliated with Hahnemann University Hospital. His areas of expertise include heart failure and heart transplant care, mechanical circulatory support, ventricular assist devices and coronary artery disease.

Mihir Kanitkar, M.D.
Dr. Kanitkar practices at Heart Center, Inc., Huntsville, Alabama. He completed training in Interventional
Cardiology from Emory University, including a dedicated twelve month fellowship in Structural Heart Disease. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Echocardiography, Cardiovascular Disease and Nuclear Cardiology.


Cardiology Conference Cost:

Physicians …………………………………………….. $90
Residents ……………………………………………… $60
Employees of Huntsville Hospital Health System. $60
Non-employees ……………………………………… $70

Conference registration is available online, or by
visiting Huntsville Hospital’s Corporate University
offices. Conference registration is on a first-come,
first-serve basis until program is full.

Online Registration:

To register online, go to:
The registration website will guide you through the
registration process.

Walk-In Registration:

If you cannot register online, it is possible for participants
to register in person by going to:

Corporate University at the Dowdle Center
109 Governors, SW

Walk-in payments are by check or credit card.

For more information about the 2015 Cardiology Update, click here or check out the brochure.

For more information, please contact Katie Rose Norman at 256.265.8077 or

Click here for the 2013 Cardiology Update Photo Gallery

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