Cardiovascular Center of Sarasota Foundation for Education & Research

Thank You

The 12 Annual Cardiovascular Symposium Cardiology update 2016: Time to Focus on Early Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Held on February 5th and 6th 2016 at The Ritz Carlton in Sarasota, FL and sponsored by The Cardiovascular Center of Sarasota Foundation for Research and Education and endorsed by the American Society of Preventive Cardiology and Florida Medical Association was a great success and one of the best annual events we have had in the last 12 years.

Thanks to the following:

  1. Faculty of 12 of the most renowned professors of preventive cardiology in the country to host our symposium including the current president of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology and the past president of the American College of Cardiology. 
  2. The attendance of over 200 health care providers, including several from out of state, who asked many good questions and kept the faculty on their toes. 
  3. The endorsement of the Florida Medical Association and approval of 12.5 CME credit in addition to the endorsement of American Society of Preventive Cardiology which was represented at this meeting by 4 of its current board members. 
  4. The excellent arrangements by Admiral Travel of Sarasota, the Ritz Carlton staff, and my office staff. 
  5. The support of the El Shahawy Family Foundation, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, and many others.

The organizing committee and I are grateful and thankful for all the above mentioned participants and others who supported this program. Hopefully the new information gained by the healthcare providers who attended this symposium will be put to excellent use for the benefit of all of those who need it. Once more thank you and best wishes for 2016.

For more information on the program go to

Mahfouz El Shahawy, M.D., M.S., FACC, FAHA
Program Director
President of Cardiology Center of Sarasota
Clinical Professor of University of Florida and South Florida

Panel of the distinguished professors in cardiology who lectured at the symposium from left to right

Dr. L. Sperling - Current President of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology, Dr. A. Schwartz - Board member of American Society of Hypertension, Dr. N. Wenger - Doctor of the year by American Heart Association for women heart disease, Past Chair of Cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. J. Cohn - Past president and founder of American Society of Heart Failure, Dr. S. Kopecky - Professor and Chief of Preventive Cardiology at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. M. El Shahawy (standing) President of Cardiovascular Center of Sarasota, and Program Director, Dr. H. Weintraub - Clinical Director, NYU (Cornell) Medical Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Dr. M. Pohl - Chief of Nephrology Cleveland Clinic, Dr. T. DeMaria - Past President of American College of Cardiology, and Chief of Cardiology University of California, San Diego, Dr. J. Sell - Chief of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Not pictured in the panel photo:

Professor I. Fergus - President of Association of Black Cardiologists, Chief of Section for Cardiovascular Disparities at Mount Sinai School of Medicine,

Dr. T Villines - Director of Cardiovascular Research Fellowship Program, Director Walter Reed National Military Center, Bethesda, Professor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Great Medical News for Immediate Release:
January 19, 2016
In Celebration of the Heart Month February 2016

The Cardiovascular Center of Sarasota Foundation for Research and Education 
and Sarasota Memorial Health Care Foundation are pleased to sponsor

Time to Focus on Early Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Date: February 5, 2–6pm and February 6, 8 am–6 pm

Location: Ritz-Carlton Hotel Sarasota, Florida

The Symposium is hosted by 12 of the most renowned Professors of Cardiology in the country from the most prestigious medical institutions, including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Universities of California, Minnesota, Emory, Cornell Florida and more. The faculty includes current and past presidents of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology, American College of Cardiology, American Society of Hypertension, American Society of Heart Failure, Society of Cardiovascular Tomography and many more.

The symposium has been endorsed by American Society for Preventive Cardiology and Florida Medical Association. The program is approved for 12.5 CME BY FLORIDA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION and 12.5 CEU for Nurses.

The public is invited to attend the session on Saturday afternoon.

EverySarasota resident should be proud that we were able to attract 12 renowned professors in preventive cardiology to lecture at our symposium, and share their expertise and knowledge with our healthcare providers. This knowledge will ultimately benefit every individual in our community.

Attached is a copy of the final program with the faculty list.

For more details, please Click Here or call (941) 366-9800.

Thanks in advance for sharing this news with our community.

One ounce of early cardiovascular disease prevention is better than pounds of late cure.
Be good to your heart!